Community organisations in Mayo to benefit from €147,100 Dormant Accounts funding – Deputy Dillon

Mayo Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon confirms that Community organisations in Mayo will receive funding to support sport and physical activity measures.

Deputy Dillon said, “I very much welcome that €7.3 million from the Dormant Accounts Fund is being allocated to support community groups across the country. €147,100 to Mayo groups.

“The investment aims to engage with communities in Mayo, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged areas, Said Deputy Dillon.

“The importance of sport and physical activity for our physical and mental health cannot be overstated and we have all seen how beneficial it has been for people of all ages during the current pandemic.

“I am delighted that Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) in Mayo have been allocated funding under various programme initiatives. The funding amounts for LSPs in Mayo include

  • €81,500 for Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs. Round 1 – Lough Lannagh €61,500 and Round 4 – Ballinrobe €20,000.

These hubs provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for people in disadvantaged areas to get involved in and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.

  • €10,000 under the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme Capital Supports. The fund aims to reduce the barriers to sports participation for people with a disability through the provision of equipment and minor infrastructure
  • €35,100 for Urban Outdoor Adventure Initiatives, which aim to create new opportunities for people living in disadvantaged areas in Mayo to participate in outdoor adventure sports in urban settings.
  • €15,000 for the Volunteer Training & Support Programme. The fund aims to successfully identify and assist targeted individuals who are volunteering in disadvantaged communities or with people with disabilities to gain community sport leadership skills
  • €5,500 for the Youth Leadership Project, which involves the development and delivery of youth leadership training for young people providing a stepping stone for learners into employment and also into further education or training.

“I will continue to work with Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin T.D, in order to secure essential funding for community organisations and thank her for her commitment,” concludes Deputy Dillon.