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Open : Community Recognition Fund 2024

Community Recognition FundOn 15th March 2024, Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys and Minister of State Joe O’Brien announced details of a €50 million Community Recognition Fund. The allocation for Waterford is €1,436,394, including €71,819 for administration.

This major initiative follows on from the 2023 Community Recognition Fund and aims to support the development of community infrastructure and facilities for the benefit of the entire community, in recognition of the contribution being made by communities across the country in welcoming and hosting significant numbers of arrivals from Ukraine and other countries. It is separate in its objectives and scope to any other public funding streams which aim to support the development of public service needs arising from the significant number of arrivals from Ukraine and other countries.

The scheme details set out that only areas which have high levels of new arrivals will be deemed eligible for this scheme.

The minimum level of funding for an individual project is €50,000 and the maximum is €500,000, with those in excess of €200,000 requiring a specific business case. Projects must be capital in nature, address needs in their areas and deliver medium-long term benefits for the entire community.

It will be competitive with specific evaluation criteria. Interested groups will need to outline their capacity to deliver their projects including details of the track record of project partners and experience of delivering similar projects.

Groups should consider their respective project requirements, clear projected costs, planning dependencies and demonstrate how their project will benefit the entire community.  Projects must be achievable within the allowed timeframes.  Favourable consideration will be given to groups who can provide match funding.

Smaller projects cannot be artificially combined to meet the minimum threshold of €50,000 – while the 2023 scheme provided funding for small scale investment in clubs and communities (e.g., for small scale equipment), the focus of the 2024 scheme is on projects of greater scale and impact.

The possible types of capital projects that can be funded under the scheme include:

  • development, enhancement or refurbishment of community or cultural facilities including play areas, walkways, parks, community/sensory gardens including communication boards, allotments, and recreational areas;
  • development, enhancement or refurbishment of local club and sports facilities including facilities such as community swimming pools, changing rooms, toilets, digital aids such as score / information boards etc.
  • enhancement to school/parish facilities which are open to use by all of the community after school hours;
  • purchase of larger scale equipment for local clubs, festivals, community events and organisations e.g., music, arts or sports equipment that benefit the full community;
  • transport infrastructure such as the purchase of community vehicles, bus shelters and attendant information boards;
  • projects that help address dereliction and/or wider local economic and community development objectives;
  • purchase and refurbishment of vacant or derelict buildings for community use where a clear need is identified.

Deadline : Wednesday, May 15th 2024 at 4:00 PM

Positive Ageing Week

WOULD you like to take a trip down memory lane at the movies, dance an afternoon away or try your hand at Short Mat Bowling or Pickleball?

 

There are just some of the activities included in an action packed programme of events compiled by Waterford Older People’s Council, Waterford Sports Partnership and Waterford Libraries which are taking place in the city and county to mark Positive Ageing Week which takes place on the week commencing Monday October 2.

Positive Ageing Week kicks off with a classic movie morning at Carrickphierish Library at 10.30am, while at The Hub at Central Library an electronic textiles fabric flower workshop  takes place between 10am and 1pm.

Sports enthusiasts can choose from a Pickleball Taster Session between 2 and 4pm at Cill Barra Sports Centre on October 2, or Short Mat Bowling at the same venue also on Tuesday from 10.30am to 12 noon. Out on your feet an epic walk through 1100 years of history from the Vikings to the Victorians is highly recommended. Meeting place is Bishop’s Palace. A fee of €4 applies and booking should be made by calling Waterford Council on 086 152 9799.

It’s back to Carrickphierish Library on Wednesday for a Smart Phone class for beginners from 1am to 12 noon and the following morning at 10.30 there’s a second chance to check out what’s on the big screen for what promises to be another great Movie Morning.

Each year the Tea Dance at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre is eagerly anticipated and again this year Waterford’s senior citizens are invited alone to enjoy afternoon tea with music and – of course plenty of dancing between 2pm and 5pm.

Demand is expected to be high for all activities so booking is advised through Waterford Sports Partnership by calling 087 739 6050 or email lmcenaney@waterfordsportspartnership.ie For events to be held in local libraries phone 051 849626 or email jloughran@waterfordcouncil.ie Bookings can be made for the Tea Dance at the Sacred Heart Centre, The Folly by calling 089 251 1047 or by email to waterfordopc2019@gmail.com

Waterford City & County Council announces Partnership with Dungarvan – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán

Waterford City & County Council announces Partnership with Dungarvan College – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán With Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) – Schools’ Business Partnership Programme

Waterford City & County Council is pleased to announce a new partnership with Dungarvan College – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán, facilitated by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), which was recently launched in Dungarvan.

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), through its Schools’ Business Partnership, partners schools with businesses and organisations and is aimed at informing and empowering second level students and introducing them to the world of work. Under this programme second level students from 2nd Year in Dungarvan College – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán will gain insights into the variety of work in Waterford City & County Council by hearing “a day in my working life” stories from a number of staff carrying out some of the many different roles in the Council. Through this engagement the students will see first-hand potential career paths that can be open to them through school completion.  Also as part of the programme, the students and their teachers will visit some of the sites and infrastructure managed by the Council so they will see as well as hear about some of the many projects and services delivered by Council staff.

Other sessions with the students will include a session dedicated to skills development which will be linked into Class Based Assessments (CBA) and a presentation on Health & Safety, which is relevant to all roles and careers, whatever the path chosen. In a wrap up session, the students who have been involved will do the talking and will tell the Council about what they have learned and in what way the programme has benefitted them.

Speaking at the launch, Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services, Waterford City and County Council said that the Council is looking forward to partnering with BITCI and giving second level students an insight into the work of the Local Authority.  “For students in second level who are considering their further education or career paths, this programme will give them a better understanding and overview of the work of Councils.  There is a wide breath of disciplines and skillsets required in the many departments of the Council and by showcasing these, we believe that it will appeal to many students as a potential career.  Whether it’s environmental sustainability, community engagement, forward planning, economic development, infrastructural design, or ICT, the range of potential career paths available in the Local Authority is wide-ranging.”

Principal of Dungarvan College, Coláiste Dhún Garbhán, Danny Cunningham said, “We are delighted to be part of the the ‘Skills at Work Programme’ that will give the students an insight into the world of work and to help them to consider various career and study options upon completion of secondary school.”

Leonard Kelly extended his thanks of behalf of BITCI to Waterford City & County Council and Dungarvan College for their enthusiasm and engagement around this programme. He added, “In my role as regional coordinator For BITCI I’m looking forward to supporting the building of a strong and lasting partnership between Dungarvan College and Waterford City and County Council. What is about to begin, has the potential to be transformative in the lives of the young students involved”

Waterford City & County Council has previously worked on successful BITC partnerships with secondary schools in Waterford City as part of Transition Year Programmes.  Nationally BITC has developed hundreds of partnerships, involving over 40,000 students across Ireland. In its involvement in this programme, Waterford City & County Council joins a line-up of renown with companies including KPMG, Mazars, State Street, Irish Life, Davy, KBC all involved in school partnerships across the Country.

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Present at the launch were:

Back Row:-  Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services, Carmel Hourigan, SEO Human Resources and Karen Hallahan AO Human Resources from Waterford City & County Council along with teachers Helen Hogan and Rachel Ahern and Danny Cunningham, Principal of Dungarvan College – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán, Front Row – Second Year Students Dungarvan College – Coláiste Dhún Garbhán

‘Top of the City’ Community Garden a success

A previously derelict site on St Carthage’s Avenue has gone through a complete makeover over the last 18 months thanks to the successful cooperation between Waterford City and County Council, community garden members and local businesses.

The project kicked off after a call from Mary Quigley, Administration Officer with the Council’s Property Management Department, who was eager to support the proposed project from the very beginning, and who suggested the name of the garden: ‘Top of the City’. Cllr Eamon Quinlan (FF) has been also passionately backing the project from the very beginning, supporting the garden in its rapid development.

Fairybush Landscaping, courtesy of Waterford City and County Council, cleared half of the land that was transformed into a growing area and an oasis of calm and tranquillity. The other half was cleared by passionate volunteers during the first lockdown, providing a safe outdoor space for engaging with nature, organising community events and marketing locally produced breads, eggs and vegetables. ‘The Forgotten Barracks’ – a documentary about the history of the garden, which is located in between the external and internal walls of the old Artillery Barracks, was released by the ‘Top of the City’ members during the Heritage Week in August 2021.

The garden on St Carthage’s Avenue is an example of the most perfect platform for cooperation between local authorities and community members. Anti-social behaviour has been significantly reduced due to the positive response to the project, supported by the cooperation with local Garda Station, who patrolled St Carthage’s Avenue more frequently.

There are plans of developing ‘Top of the City’ Garden even further in order to provide opportunities for the residents of the locality, especially those living in the nearest neighbourhood designated as disadvantaged.

Targeted Call For Funding Advance Notice. September 2021

The following online information workshop will be held in advance of opening the next official call for Expression of Interests (EoI) for funding under the new Transitional LEADER Programme 2021-2022

Participation in our online information sessions is compulsory if you intend to apply for funding.

When?
Tues 7th September Teams Online session 10 am – 11 am

Funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development.

Please register your interest in this targeted funding call by 12 pm on Friday 3rd September to be invited to the online information session by emailing us at info@wlp.ie or claire.connors@wlp.ie

NB: Please register your interest in this targeted call for funding by emailing info@wlp.ie or claire.connors@wlp.ie, before 12 pm on Friday 3rd September 2021. If you wish others in your organisation to attend online provide emails addresses in the body of your email. Max of two per organisation.

Following participation in our online workshop, Waterford Leader Partnership CLG, on behalf of County Waterford LCDC, will seek Expressions of Interest (EOIs)

Opening date for EOIs is  11 am on Tuesday 7th September to 12 pm on Friday 10th September
Successful & unsuccessful EOI’s will be advised by 5 pm on Friday 10t

Successful applicants must be available to participate in an online workshop on completing the funding application on Tuesday 14th September 10 am – 11 am.

All Calls for applications open at 11 am on Tuesday 14th September however there are two deadlines for submission of applications dependent on whether planning permission is required.  If planning is not required, the closing date for applications is Friday 5th November at 12 pm.

Please note that if planning permission is required, the closing date for applications is longer to facilitate this process with a deadline of Friday 19th November at 12 pm
Invitation to the application stage does not mean that you will be awarded grant aid as it is a competitive process.

(Please note that the minimum grant amount is €5,000 and the maximum is €200,000)

Funding may be awarded under all themes and sub-themes to a maximum of 75% of the total project cost for private promoters subject to participation in an energy baseline study (with WLP or LEO) and up to 75% for community group applicants.
Consideration of the rate of aid offered will be done on a project-by-project basis.
An Irish version of this Call will be available on our website www.wlp.ie

Call themes & budgets are as follows:
Total Budget under transitional LEAdER Programme €480,000.
Plus European Union Recovery Instrument (EURI) funding of €500,000.

Download the official notice here:

Waterford launches Shop Waterford Support Local campaign

As retailers and business owners across Waterford City and County begin to prepare for the reopening of the City and Town Centres a new Shop Waterford Support Local campaign is being launched.

The campaign, supported by business owners from Waterford City, Tramore and Dungarvan aims to encourage all Waterford people to support local in every purchase we make. The campaign wants the people of Waterford to support each other as when we act Together Waterford is Stronger.

The business owners and retailers of Waterford have shown resilience and innovation throughout the COVID19 restrictions and although City and Town centres were largely deserted many businesses continued behind closed doors. Initiatives such as Waterford Online and the Back Soon #Love Waterford responses encouraged local support and provided hope for a gradual return for business and society.

The Waterford Online campaign is continuing to update trading arrangements on a daily basis on its Facebook page and reminds us that Local Businesses employ local people and sponsor local teams and generously give raffle prizes to local fundraisers.

The Shop Waterford Support Local campaign is aimed at building on the momentum of the massive amount of support shown by Waterford people and to encourage a continuation of this support. Some outdoor businesses reopen this week and many of the City and Town Centres businesses open in Phase 2 which is planned for 8th June.

A Shop Waterford Support Local video campaign has been developed by Waterford.fyi in partnership with the City and Town Centre Management groups and is launching this week to coincide with Phase 1 reopening. The camapign features 17 business owners from Waterford City, Tramore and Dungarvan.

The City and Town Centre Management Group membership includes Waterford City and County Council, Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Waterford Business Group and the Local Enterprise Office.

Darragh, Haven Pharmacy, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. “This pharmacy dates back to 1915. My father tells me stories of how the Spanish flu affected people here in Dungarvan, so we have a long insight and history here in Dungarvan. What pharmacies did back then, and what we do now was to give accessible healthcare to their communities and to be there for people when they needed them. What we are doing now is no different.”

Jack Molloy, Molloy’s Butchers, Waterford. “People are coming back to the butcher shops and they’re enjoying cooking again. It’s great talking to our customers and finding out what life is like for them. Life’s tough out there, but the one thing that we are finding is that family and people have gotten to come together again and are enjoying it. It’s gone to ‘comfort cooking’ now rather than comfort eating. It’s an interesting concept.”

Seamus Reynolds, Morris’s DIY, Waterford. “I would be a major, major fan of shopping local. I think it’s really critical, and particularly in this time, that we support local businesses, it’s so important. Instead of ordering online and it takes two or three weeks to come, what we try and do with my kids, is go into the retailer because chances are, they might be able to order it and get it in for you.”

A new website called “Waterford Business Supports Hub” has also been developed by the Waterford City and Town Centre Management Groups. The website is a one stop shop for all information relating to all supports for business across Waterford. There is information on financial supports, keeping customers and staff safe, minding our health and well-being and sharing good news stories about Waterford’s ongoing determination and drive to reopening business and society over the coming weeks and months.

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ESRI Ireland helps Waterford Council to improve public services for 116,000 citizens

  • Esri’s digital mapping technology used by local authority to manage housing, planning, finance, property management, roads, environment and customer service
  • Tech is enabling Council to complete double the number of housing inspections per year
  • Council has created a number of engaging story maps to promote tourism in the region

Dublin/Waterford, 27th January 2020 – Esri Ireland, the market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), today announces that Waterford City and County Council has implemented Esri’s digital mapping software to help improve the delivery of local government and public services to more than 116,000* citizens in Waterford.

Esri’s GIS solutions are helping to digitally transform Waterford Council, by moving it away from many paper-based processes and leading to numerous efficiencies and benefits. The technology is being rolled out across many areas of the organisation, to help the Council to manage the wide range of services it delivers. These include housing, planning, finance, property management, roads, environment and customer service.

Pictured at the announcement that Waterford City and County Council has implemented Esri’s digital mapping technology to improve public services are (L-R): Dermot O’Kane, Head of Sales, Esri Ireland; Michael Walsh, CEO, Waterford City & County Council; and Jon Hawkins, GIS Projects Leader, Waterford City & County Council.

Esri’s digital mapping platform integrates with Waterford Council’s systems, transforming the way it manages numerous functions, such as housing and planning applications. Employees in the planning department have used the digital mapping platform to make faster and more informed decisions on 4,400 planning applications to date – based on easy access to accurate and complete information covering the entire county.

The mobile functionality of the technology is also transforming how the Council manages social housing throughout Waterford. Employees can now collect data in the field using smartphones and tablets with information immediately accessible in the main office, enabling it to complete double the number of housing inspections carried out each year.

Additionally, the mapping platform helps Waterford citizens to have a more active role in their social housing application. Applicants for choice based lettings can now view the location of properties they are interested in, as well as nearby amenities, all from online.

Waterford Council is benefitting from far greater efficiencies by digitising these previously paper-based processes. For example, the environment team have used the technology to complete more than 1,250 litter quantity and pollution surveys, removing unnecessary administration and the duplication of data to achieve an 80% time saving.

Waterford Council is also creating a number of publicly accessible interactive maps to make local information readily available and boost tourism in the region. Last year, approximately 790,000 overseas and domestic tourists visited Waterford, contributing more than €160 million to the local economy.

The maps developed by Waterford Council showcase attractions and upcoming events throughout the county, helping to attract more tourists to the area. One such series of maps explores the Waterford Greenway, a 46 kilometre off-road cycling and walking train along the old railway line from Waterford city to Dungarvan. Visitors can use the map on or offline to easily view car parks, bike hire shops, toilet facilities and highlights along the route, as well as viewing the local weather forecast.

Dermot O’Kane, Head of Sales, Esri Ireland, commented: “It’s great to see Waterford City & County Council embrace GIS throughout the authority. Councils across Ireland can leverage digital mapping to light up the data in their organisation – making information easily accessible for both their own staff and the wider public. While staff can make better decisions, complete tasks faster, study patterns and plan accordingly, the people of Waterford are also benefitting through improved access to local information and rich story maps highlighting the fantastic activities and attractions found across their county.”

Michael Walsh, CEO, Waterford City & County Council, said: “Waterford City & County Council is a local authority with responsibility for delivering local government and services to local businesses, citizens and visitors to Waterford. Esri’s GIS system has become a really important tool for us in terms of the effectiveness, the speed and hopefully the quality of decision-making within the Council.”

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*Population of Waterford city and county is 116,176 according to CSO, 2016.
See: census link