Kerry PPN Community Newsletter. Issue 115. 7/4/23

Kerry PPN Community Newsletter Issue 115 Friday 7th March 2023
A few words from Bill Morrell – Kerry PPN Secretariat Chairperson

On behalf of the Kerry PPN Secretariat I would like to thank CarolineToal and Eamon O’Keeffe for their years of work for the PPN. We wish them both success in their new positions.

To Kerry PPN members,

Contents of this newsletter include:

  1. Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Planning SPC – 24th April
  2. Rights of Nature Webinar – 11th April
  3. Report of the Citizen’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss
  4. AnamCara Meetings – 11th April and 20th April
  5. KWD County Clean Up 15th April
  6. Windfarm Community Funds – Deadline 26th April
  7. LGBT+ Mentoring Programme
  8. ScEEN April Calender of Events
  9. Kerry Emplyment Fair – 18th April
  10. Chambers Ireland Sustainable Business Impact Awards Closing date 28th April
  11. Wild Mind Nature Festival – 21st-23rd April
  12. HSE and hi Men and Mental Health Webinar – 25th April
  13. Spring into Storytime brochure
  14. Kingdom of Kerry Greenways Training – 24th and 25th April
  15. Growing for all Seasons Outdoors and in a Polytunnel – Course running April-June
  16. Be SunSmart Campaign
  17. ALL – Adult Literacy for Life Collaboration and Innovation Fund Funding Call Closing Date 14th April
  18. DRCD Calendar of Schemes 2023
  19. Clar – Measure 1 funding – Deadline 6th June
  20. Community Centres Investment Fund

Please share the newsletter with all your own members.

Kind regards,

Anne-Marie Fuller
on behalf of the Kerry PPN Secretariat

Environment, Climate Change and Emergency Planning SPC

There will be a meeting of the Environmental,Climate Change and Emergency Planning SPC on Monday 24th April. The PPN has a representative sitting on this SPC so if there is anything members of the PPN would like raised please forward it to and put Environmental SPC in the subject line

Rights of Nature

April 11th, 7.30pm or 8pm, online

Earlier this week, the Environmental Pillar hosted an info session on the Rights of Nature, with guest speaker Lynda Sullivan from Environmental Justice Network Ireland.
Lynda gave an introduction to the concept and work behind the Rights of Nature movement in Ireland. You can watch her presentation here, and read more about this work here.
On Tuesday, April 11th, the Rights of Nature Ireland Hub will meet online to continue the conversation and work regarding rights of nature in Ireland.

If you are interested in how the Rights of Nature could be introduced through County Councils you can join at 7.30pm. If you have a wider general interest in the work, you can join at 8pm. All are welcome.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 838 1491 5820
Passcode: 027542

Report of the

Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss

out now!

The Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss issued a final report on April 5th with 159 recommendations on how Ireland can improve its response to the biodiversity crisis. The report underscores the serious and chronic failure by the State to adequately fund and enforce existing laws to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.

Read the full report here

The final report echoes the overwhelming majority of recommendations championed by the Environmental Pillar, a 32 member coalition of Irish environmental non-governmental organisations working to represent the views of the Irish environmental sector.

Read the Environmental Pillar’s response to the report, including quotes from Pillar members

Hope all is well. I can’t believe we are heading into our April meetings and Easter in upon us shortly too. As the saying goes, time waits for no man. We wanted to let you know about the upcoming support meetings for bereaved parents in your area.
These meetings give bereaved parents a safe and comfortable space in which to remember their child.
Our next F2F meeting for Kerry is taking place on Tuesday 11th April at 7.15pm. The meeting will take place in the Meadowland’s Hotel, Tralee.
Our online meeting for Kerry will take place on Thursday 20th April at 7pm. This meeting takes place via Zoom.
If you know any bereaved parents that may like to attend either meeting, they can contact us here on 085 288 8888 or
County Clean-Up, 15th April 2023, 
The 2023 ESB Wind Farm Community Funds* are now open for applications until April 26th 2023.  For a full list of Wind Farm Community Funds included in this call, please click here.

*Grousemount Wind Farm Community Fund is not included in this call, this fund will open later in the year.

The fund is available to community and voluntary groups, non-profit groups or organisations with a charitable status.  The Wind Farm Community Funds will prioritise projects and initiatives that support and benefit the areas surrounding ESB wholly owned and co-owned wind farms, in the following categories:

  • Education and skills.
  • Health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Environment and habitat conservation.
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability.
  • Culture and heritage.
  • Recreation, sport and social inclusion.
  • Tourism (Raheenleagh & Castlepook only)
  • Covid-19 related supports

Getting started on your project ideas early will greatly assist with your application, as a well-developed project is key to a successful outcome.

It is essential to note that applications from groups that do not submit required documentation with the application form e.g. planning permission, planning exemption, confirmation that you have liaised with your local authority or owner permission, may not proceed to evaluation.

Applications may made online, please ensure you take some time to read the Fund Guidelines, prior to submitting you application.  If you are registered a previous call, you can use the same user name and password to apply to the 2023 fund.  If you have lost or forgotten your password, please go to the “Forgot Password” tab, or contact SECAD.

If you do not have a current constitution for your group please click here to download a template constitution, to edit and adapt to suit your group

The application deadline for the Chambers Ireland Sustainable Business Impact Awards is fast approaching. This is the 3rd year the Department is sponsoring the ‘Partnering with a Social Enterprise’ category. Get your nominations in by midday on 28 April.

The 2023 SunSmart Campaign kicked off on 1st of April and runs to the 30th of September 2023.
The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness of the steps you and your family can take to protect your skin from the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer in Ireland.
The NCCP have also developed a partner pack for each of the at risk groups which are linked below for your reference:
· Partner Pack SunSmart Campaign 2023 – Children
· Partner Pack SunSmart Campaign 2023 – Adolescents and young adults
· Partner Pack SunSmart Campaign 2023 – Outdoor workers
· Partner Pack SunSmart Campaign 2023 – Sport, recreation and tourism
· Partner Pack SunSmart Campaign 2023 – Sunbed users
We welcome your being part of the campaign by posting SunSmart content to your social media channels using #SunSmart in newsletters or publications.
The fact sheets are available on or email with your request.
The ALL Collaboration and Innovation Fund Funding Call 2023 is currently open.  All information about the fund can be found here: What is ALL? | Adult Literacy for Life

Applications must be received by 5 pm on 14th April 2023 to

€50m Community Recognition Fund open for applications
Financial allocations under 2023 Local Improvement Scheme announced
Walks Scheme expansion process opened
Building Acquisition Measure 2023 to open for applications under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme
CLÁR Programme 2023 to open for applications
Community Centre Investment Fund to open for applications for new build centres
Call for proposals to open under Community Services Programme
Libraries Measure Call under Dormant Accounts Fund to open
Call for proposals under the Libraries Capital Programme 2023-2027
Call for Local Authority Action Plans under PEACE Plus
Call for applications under the PEACE Plus Reimaging Communities Investment Area – Large Capital Spaces.
Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2023 to open for applications
Town and Village Renewal Scheme to open for applications – main scheme and Project Development Measure
Category 1 call for applications to open under 2023 Rural Regeneration and Development Fund
Please note calendar is provisional and will be subject to revisions.
Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces

€20 Million Fund for the construction of new Community Centres 

First ever dedicated fund for shovel-ready community projects in our towns and villages

Investment of at least €1 million per amenity; Focus on areas which currently lack community facilities

Minister Humphreys: This is about delivering ambitious projects that bring communities and families together 

March 31st, 2023 – The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today launched the 2023 Community Centres Investment Fund, which will see €20 million invested in new and ambitious community projects in our towns and villages.

For the first time, funding of at least €1 million will be invested in projects that are shovel ready and which are in areas that currently lack community facilities.

This builds on the highly successful 2022 initiative, which delivered an investment of over €45 million to renovate and upgrade over 850 projects the length and breadth of the country.

Minister Humphreys made the announcement during a visit to the Oxfield Community Centre in North Sligo, which has just received an investment of €24,000 from her Department.

The 2023 New Builds Measure is for new build community centres on brown/green field sites with grant funding of at least €1 million available per project.

Funding for renovations or refurbishment of existing community centres is not eligible but can still be accessed through the Department’s CLÁR Programme, Town and Village Renewal Scheme or LEADER Programme. 

Details of the Community Centres Investment Fund – New Builds Measure are available on with the closing date for applications on 3rd July 2023.


The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office

01-773 6843 / 087-1734633

 The Community Centres Investment Fund – New Build Measure will invest in new build multi-functional community centres with a minimum grant of €1,000,000 up to a maximum of €6,000,000.

The projects must be ‘shovel-ready’ with all the necessary permissions and consents in place (e.g. planning consent) and be located on a green/brown field site.

The lead party to an application must be a State-funded body (e.g. a local authority).

The fund will provide 90% of the total project value to a maximum of €6,000,000, with at least 10% to be provided in matching contributions.  A minimum of 5% of the matching contributions element must be in cash.

An application form can be requested from The deadline for the receipt of applications is 12 noon on 3rd July 2023