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Funding announced for Mullaghmatt and Swanlinbar development associations

May 20, 2022 17:05 By News Northern Sound
Funding announced for Mullaghmatt and Swanlinbar development associations Funding announced for Mullaghmatt and Swanlinbar development associations
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"I know that this support will benefit the entire community."

Mullaghmatt Cortolvin Community Development and Swanlinbar Development Association have received funding for a manager and two full time staff

Minister Heather Humphreys said the local organisations were two of seven nationally that are being added to the Department's Community Services Programme (CSP).

CSP supports voluntary and community bodies by providing specific funding for staff members, including a full time manager.

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The investment for Mullaghmatt Cortolvin Community Development Company will support the employment and progression for the most distant from the labour market through the operation of a furniture recycling facility in Monaghan town.

This facility will accept unwanted second hand furniture; and refurbish and sell on to locally disadvantaged individuals and families within the local community.

Meanwhile, the funding will also support the operation of Trivia House in Swanlibar in Co Cavan.

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The social enterprise promotes tourism in the area through the provision of hostel accommodation with seven bedrooms.

It also operates a community meeting room for hire and use while a separate building at the back is utilized as a digital hub for rental and use and bike hire facility for visitors and the local residents.

There are approximately 420 bodies supported under CSP nationwide - with seven organisations being added this week.

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The programme provides €32,000 per manager working a 39-hour week and €19,033 for every full time equivalent.

Minister Humphreys said she was "delighted" that these organisations have been added to the CSP.

"This programme supports voluntary and non-for-profit organisations the length and breadth of the country, by providing them with the necessary funding to hire a manager and full staff," she continued.

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"I know that this support will benefit the entire community.

"I am delighted the development association has been successful in its efforts to be added to this important scheme."

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