Cork County Council has today announced the launch of an emergency fund for groups across the county who are assisting in the response efforts to the COVID-19 emergency.
A dedicated fund of €116,277 is being made available as part of a programme of measures developed by the local authority in collaboration with statutory, voluntary and community organisations who are leading the response at a local level.
The fund is part of a national Community Emergency Fund of €2.5million from the Department of Rural and Community Development and aims to support exceptional one-off costs incurred by community and voluntary groups involved in the response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Commenting on the announcement, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said: “Cork County Council’s dedicated Community Call Helpline has handled in excess of two thousands calls and our Community Response Forum have established 19 Town and Rural Environs Teams across the county to ensure a real presence at local level and fluid coordination with all existing agencies. This funding will help these groups meet the expenses that have arisen directly from their COVID -19 response work.”
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Ian Doyle said voluntary groups were making an invaluable contribution to the response.
“Communities and members of local voluntary groups across Cork have shown extraordinary solidarity, resilience and cooperation in working together to meet the needs of local people. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the many volunteers and the Community Response team for their trojan work to date. I’m glad to see this financial support made available to them to facilitate the continuation of their efforts,” he said.
Cork County Council says that in acknowledgement of the phenomenal contribution of the community and voluntary sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, priority is being given to groups involved in the front-line delivery of community response work.
Groups and organisations are invited to apply for funding via an online application at www.yourcouncil.ie up until 5pm on Friday May 8th 2020.