Funding opportunities open to Cork communities for city projects

Funding opportunities open to Cork communities for city projects
The Kingfisher mural on Lavitts Quay was given funding under the Placemaking Fund last year. Picture Credit: Karl Kachmarsky

Green projects, creative seating, street art, atmospheric lighting and new unique events are just some of the projects which could be supported.

The Placemaking Fund, which was piloted last year aims to support projects which enhance and enliven people's experience of the city centre.

In 2019 it funded projects such as the very successful parklet on Douglas Street, some large scale street art such as the Kingfisher on Lavitts Quay and the unique La Cochina Publica event as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.

Welcoming the fund, Lord Mayor, Cllr John Sheehan said the Placemaking fund is an important part of Cork's development process.

"Our city centre continues to evolve with lots of new developments underway," he said.

The Parklet on Douglas Street. Picture: The Transport & Mobility Forum, Cork
The Parklet on Douglas Street. Picture: The Transport & Mobility Forum, Cork

"Creating a sense of place is key to a vibrant city centre. 

"As part of its city centre strategy, Cork City Council has been actively encouraging groups at a street or neighbourhood level to work collectively to enhance their area. 

"We have several examples of this and we believe this is another tool to help support that process. 

"Things like planting, murals, interesting events, atmospheric lighting and creative seating make our public spaces more people-friendly and attractive," the Lord Mayor continued. 

With community-based participation at its centre, effective placemaking capitalises on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people's health, happiness, and well being. It helps local communities to re-imagine everyday spaces.

Groups can apply for up to €10,000 for capital projects although many projects may cost much less. 

New events may also be eligible if considered unique and contribute significantly towards the fund’s objectives. 

The City Council is hoping this initiative will build on the success of last years' scheme and foster other ideas through local groups working together to creatively improve their area.

Further information and application forms can be found at www.corkcity.ie

An optional information session for interested groups will be held on Monday, January 20 at 2.30p.m. in the Multimedia Room, City Hall. 

To book a place email donal_guerin@corkcity.ie

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