CORK County Council recently awarded €50,000 to 57 community and voluntary groups throughout the West Cork area as part of its Amenity Grant Scheme 2011.

The grants range from €100 to €1,500 and assist funding groups such have been given to a variety of groups including Tidy Towns Committees, Resident Associations, GAA Clubs, Community Councils, Youth Clubs, Development Associations and many sporting organisations.

Welcoming the allocations, Chairman of the Western Division, Independent councillor Declan Hurley said, “The commitment of Cork County Council to allocate grants to these deserving communities is indeed a very positive move.

“This money will certainly benefit the many community and voluntary organisations in the West Cork area who have worked very hard all year long developing and enhancing their amenities”.

The Amenity Grant Scheme supports community and voluntary groups who wish to build or improve their existing facilities in their respective communities.

The scheme can also be used for groups to purchase necessary equipment for their community facilities.

Cllr Hurley added, “Even in these difficult economic times, it is heartening that Cork County Council remains in a position to provide financial assistance to support the wide range of amenities throughout the West Cork area.

“Community involvement is key for us all to get through these tough economic times and at a time where we see more and more people who are unfortunately unemployed and subsequently having more time on their hands, we need to maintain and develop our facilities and encourage people to get involved in their respective communities,” he said.