Funding of some €670k to support Ukrainian arrivals in Offaly

Communities across the country who have supported Ukrainian arrivals will receive €50 million under the Community Recognition Fund, Minister of State Joe O’Brien announced today January 24. As part of the fund, Offaly will receive almost €670,000.

This, first of its kind initiative, is designed to support communities across the country that have welcomed and are hosting families and citizens from Ukraine and other countries.

Recognising the importance of the fund, Midlands Minister Pippa Hackett said: “I am delighted to see communities across Ireland get recognition and support for the crucial work they have done. The people of the Midlands have opened their homes to the Ukrainian people in their time of need and it is fantastic that this generosity is being supported. This funding will be a major aid to local organisations from sports clubs to community groups, from schools to transport.”

The fund will support a range of projects such as:

The refurbishment of local sports clubs and facilities

The upgrade of community facilities such as play areas, walkways, parks and community gardens

The purchase of equipment to benefit local clubs, festivals, music and arts organisations

The enhancement of school or parish facilities that are open to the wider community after hours or on weekends

Transport infrastructure such as community vehicles and bus shelters

The €50 million has been allocated nationally to all local authorities and will be based on the number of new arrivals.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister Joe O’Brien said: “Today’s announcement will support local communities to create local solutions and ensure people on the ground get the necessary support. These communities are playing a vital role and this funding will develop facilities that will benefit them for many years to come.”