Kerry PPN Newsletter 10th September 2021
To Kerry PPN members,
Contents of this newsletter include,
1. Listowel International Storytelling Festival 2021
2. Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme 2021 (Round 2)
3. The Family Carer Support Project
4. Minister Humphreys announces one-million-euro Social Enterprise Capital Grants scheme 2021
5. Minister Humphreys announces over €800,000 in funding for community gardens, outdoor spaces and allotments
6. Minister Humphreys announces €1.2 million to support recreation facilities and outdoor tourism in Coillte forests
7. What’s New with Kerry County Museum
8. BirdWatch Ireland project – Birds Connect
9. Free programme for BCP
10. Carmichael Good Governance Awards
11. KSEC, Reduce your energy costs, free information sessions
12. FREE Events Announced for Kerry Mental Health & Well being Fest
9-16 October 2021
Over the coming weeks, the Kerry PPN would like to profile and highlight the work of the community, voluntary, social inclusion and environmental groups in County Kerry so please contact us if you would like to be included in this feature.
Also, feel free to send in any community information so we can circulate it to the wider community. The newsletter is circulated on a Friday so please have any information submitted by Thursday if possible, for inclusion.
Kerry PPN Development officer,
Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme 2021 (Round 2)
Artist in the Community Scheme 2021 (Round 2)
Deadline: 5.30pm, Monday 27 September
The Arts Council offers awards through the Artist in the Community Scheme to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme is managed by Create.
The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.
Visit Artist in the Community Scheme section for further details, including guidelines and online application form.
For information on the Scheme contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01 473 6600.
Minister Humphreys announces one-million-euro Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021
Scheme to provide grants to social enterprises to improve their services
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, TD, announced one million euro in funding for social enterprises nationwide.
The Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021 will provide funding for the purchase of equipment or the carrying out of repairs or refurbishments to enable social enterprises to improve their service delivery.
The scheme supports one of the key commitments in the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022 – “Growing and Strengthening Social Enterprise”. The Department of Rural and Community Development is now inviting social enterprises across the country to apply for funding under the scheme.
The Social Enterprise Capital Grants Scheme 2021 is being administered by Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each Local Authority area. Details on how to apply will be available from each LCDC shortly.
In order to allow flexibility, the Department is not setting a national closing date, but will allow each LCDC to set its own, to best suit its area.
The Department will require that all closing dates are no later than 15 October 2021. Groups should check with their LCDC for further details.
The allocation for County Kerry local authority area is €29,560.47.
Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces over €800,000 in funding for community gardens, outdoor spaces and allotments
Some 25 projects nationwide to be funded under 2021 CLÁR Programme
Projects include community and sensory gardens, outdoor spaces and allotments in rural towns and villages
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, today announced €810,000 in funding to support 25 projects under the 2021 CLÁR Programme.
The funding will support local groups in developing community and sensory gardens, outdoor spaces and allotments.
In practical terms, communities will receive funding for the likes of raised flower beds, wildflower gardens, sensory planting, polytunnels, outdoor equipment, picnic tables and shelters. All projects must adhere to the Leave No Trace principles.
The 2021 CLÁR Programme is a key part of the Government’s five-year rural development strategy, Our Rural Future.
This year alone, the scheme has delivered over €5.7 million for projects across the country.
The full list of successful projects is available at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/bd890-clar-2021-funding-approvals/
This announcement is in addition to funding of over €4.2 million for 104 projects which the Minister announced on 30 August 2021 under Measures 1 and 2 of CLÁR and over €747k for 14 projects under Measure 3(b) announced on 2 September 2021.
An announcement regarding the CLÁR Innovation Measure will be made in the coming weeks.
Full details www.gov.ie
Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces €1.2 million to support recreation facilities and outdoor tourism in Coillte forests
Funding to enhance visitor experience at over 30 locations nationwide
Investment to include upgrades to pathways, trails, access roads, boardwalks, carparks and toilet facilities
New report shows visitor numbers to Coillte sites increased by 40% during Pandemic
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced €1.2 million in funding to support recreation facilities and outdoor tourism in forest parks and other Coillte sites.
The investment includes the upgrades of pathways, trails, access roads, boardwalks, carparks and toilet facilities at 33 Coillte sites nationwide. This additional funding means that the Department of Rural and Community Development will be investing €3.2 million in total in outdoor recreation facilities at Coillte sites this year.
Over 18 million individual visits are made to Coillte forests every year with the visitor numbers increasing by 40% during the Pandemic, according to a report published by the Minister today.
Between March and December of last year, some 2.2 million people visited the top 50 Coillte forests.
In recognition of the growing popularity of our forest parks, Minister Humphreys is today allocating €1.2 million to Coillte in addition to the €2 million already allocated.
The funding is designed to enhance the experience of visitors, support rural tourism and develop Ireland’s unique forest amenities.
The investment also supports the objectives of Our Rural Future, the Government’s five-year strategy aimed at revitalising rural communities.
The report is available on the Department website here: https://www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/fd0c9f-outdoor-recreation-infrastructure-scheme/
What’s New with
The Big Dig
Dig for ancient Viking treasure at Kerry County Museum
Put your hard hat on and get your hands dirty to experience life as an Archaeologist.
The Big Dig is FREE for Families! BOOKING IS REQUIRED WITH LIMITED SPACES
So come and join the Big Dig on the grounds of Pearse park across from Kerry County Museum on the 25th & 26th of September, where families will get to take part in their very own simulated 40miniutes archaeology excavation.
The dig will take 15 people per session and the other 15 can explore Kerry County Museum and swap over.
It promises to be a fun-packed family event where children will get a chance to discover how archaeologists excavate and hopefully find some artefacts.
For more details and to book, please contact us here in
Kerry County Museum 066 7127777
Enjoy a stroll through the Museum and discover our engaging exhibitions.
From Tom Crean to the Rose of Tralee, our exhibitions showcase Kerry’s rich history and culture.
We are particularly delighted to host a special exhibition by a talented group of young people from St John of God Kerry Services.
For all events taking place in Kerry and nationwide have a look at: www.culturenight.ie
Bird Watch Ireland project called Birds Connect
This is a new social inclusion / Biodiversity project that some of the members of the Kerry PPN might be interested in participating in.
Bird Watch Ireland receive grant funding from the Community Foundation of Ireland for Birds Connect. The project’s focus is connecting people and birds through citizen science, outreach and training. We are particularly interested in exploring innovative ways to improve access and participation in bird projects for people with disabilities, new communities and minority groups.
As part of this project, we have produced a laminated bird identification guide to be distributed to Direct Provision Centres and Nursing Homes. The guide has 50 of our most common Irish birds with illustrations and the names translated into Irish, Arabic and French.
This is now printed, and it folds up to a quarter of the size.
We will supply physical copies of this guide to Direct Provision Centre’s and Nursing Homes.
We are looking at building connections with the residents of these institutions through a bird nest box project. We are hoping to work with local men’s sheds and community groups to build and install nest boxes in Direct Provision Centres and Nursing Homes. The majority of the boxes will be tit or robin-style, as these offer the best take-up rates – but there might be scope for other designs if the right location presents itself.
We can provide diagrams of suitable nest boxes.
I would be I would be grateful if you could forward this email on to any social inclusion and environmental members who might be interested in getting involved.
Birds Connect Project Officer
The session will be led virtually through Zoom. Participants should have access to a computer, smart phone, or tablet with a camera. Internet connectivity will be provided at your local Broadband Connection Point.
These free sessions are exclusive to participants attending from a BCP.
Booking is essential and places are offered on a first come first served basis.
To book your place please contact Catherine.email@example.com indicating your preferred session and the BCP you will be attending from. For more information about other IMMA programmes, please visit https://imma.ie/
You can find the details of Broadband Connection Points near you at https://myconnectedcommunity.ie/
Carmichael Good Governance Awards
“There’s less than one week left to enter the Good Governance Awards 2021 for the Annual Report Award!
Entries will close on September 14th.
The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of our partners and leading national bodies in the nonprofit sector.
Any Irish-based non-profit organisation which publishes an annual report is welcome to enter the awards. This includes Companies Limited by Guarantee, Registered Charities, Unincorporated bodies, Social Enterprises, Volunteer Centres, PPNs and Sports Organisations.
As an added incentive to encourage smaller volunteer-only nonprofits (with an annual turnover of less than €50,000) to enter for the Annual Report Award, those shortlisted in category 1 will receive €1,000 with the overall winner receiving an additional €1,000 thanks to the Community Foundation of Ireland.
For more details and to apply, see here.”