Community Enhancement Programme 2020 – Community Centres & Community Buildings

DRCD Community Enhancement Programme 2020 – Fund for Community Centres and Community Buildings

Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State for Community Development and Charities at the Department of Rural and Community Development, announced details of €5 million funding for community centres and facilities under the July stimulus package.

The funding will be provided under the Community Enhancement Programme, and is in addition to €2 million provided under that programme earlier this year.The fund is being made available under the Government’s July Stimulus package and is to be provided through the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP).  It is targeted at measures that seek to stimulate local economies, while enhancing facilities in disadvantaged areas.


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 funding covers capital projects only. In cases where both current and capital works are carried out together, only the capital element can be funded through this Programme.

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

  • Development/renovation of community centres
  • Once off maintenance of premises. This does not include regular routine maintenance
  • 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


Target Groups

This funding is targeted at measures that stimulate local economies, while enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP).


Application Forms and Guidelines can be downloaded below.

CEP 2020 Community Centre and Buildings Application

Guidelines – 2020 Fund for Community Centres and Buildings


CEP Ciste 2020 maidir le hIonaid Phobail agus Foirgnimh Phobail – Iarratas

CEP Ciste 2020 maidir le hIonaid Phobail agus Foirgnimh Phobail – Treoirlínte


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

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 11th September 2020 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)