Community Enhancement Programme 2021

DRCD Community Enhancement Programme 2021

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, announced €4.5 million to support community groups impacted by COVID-19.

The 2021 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) will provide small grants designed to assist in the re-opening of facilities such as community centres, men’s and women’s sheds, parish halls and youth centres.


This iteration of the CEP will provide:

grants towards projects or equipment enhancing facilities (similar to previous years) and

one-off grants towards costs associated with reopening of a facility or the sustainability of a facility.


Who is eligible to apply?

Any not-for-profit community or voluntary group can apply.

Commercial organisations and individuals are not eligible for funding.


What projects are eligible for funding?

The following provides a non-exhaustive list of projects that could receive funding under the programme:

  • Development/renovation of community centres
  • Once off maintenance of premises.
  • Community amenities
  • Development of youth clubs or facilities
  • Development of sports/recreation facilities
  • Improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces
  • CCTV equipment
  • Public realm improvements
  • Streetscaping
  • Development of play/recreation spaces
  • Energy efficiency type projects
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Adaptations or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19

Separately, for this iteration of the CEP grants are available for costs associated with reopening of a facility or the sustainability of the facility. These include costs such as utility bills, etc. To ensure appropriate monitoring and governance, the Department is stating that only costs falling due for payment in 2021 are eligible.

This funding is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the LECP.


Application Forms and Guidelines can be downloaded below.

CEP 2021 Application Form PDF

CEP 2021 Application Form (MS Word)

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CEP 2021 Guidelines

How to find your location XY ITM for CEP 2021

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For further information, contact Rose Doolin Community Development, Telephone 057 8664206 or email

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 11th June 2021 at 4.00 pm. Please ensure that all documentation required to complete the application is included, otherwise this may render your application invalid.

The application process for the CEP is administered by Laois Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).

 The Community Enhancement Programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development