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LEADER funding for Community Projects - Call now open!
The LEADER Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 for County Monaghan is open and we are announcing details of a time-limited call for community projects under the Social Inclusion / Basic Services – Hard to Reach Communities theme. If your group is interested in upgrading or providing new community recreational facilities and infrastructure to facilitate better access and use of facilities in the community in Co. Monaghan, you have until 17th February 2017 to submit an Expression of Interest. Further information about the call is available by clicking here: LEADER Community Projects Call.
Social EnterpriseMID recently held an information event on the Governance Code in Castleblayney. We will be following this event with a series of Social Enterprise training workshops early next year to help groups prepare themselves for the LEADER social enterprise funding call in Autumn. Workshops may include social enterprsie ideas generation, making funding applications, management and governance.
Volunteer of the Year 2016 Winners
1st: Clones Daycare Centre volunteers: Dolores McGuigan; Mary Connolly; Anne Rooney; Agnes Sherry and Kathleen Leonard. All have given their time freely to the Daycare Centre to ensure that the elderly in their community are looked after. They recently retired from their voluntary activities, but are hopeful that other volunteers will come forward to look after the elderly with the same loyalty and dedication.
MID CEO, Mr Gabriel O’Connell, stated that “it is very important that we never take volunteers and voluntary activity in our communities for granted. Recognizing the achievements of our volunteers with these awards is just one small way of saying thanks on behalf of the community.”
MONAGHAN VOLUNTEER CENTRE LAUNCHES REGISTRATION HUB TO SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS TO REGISTER WITH THE CHARITIES REGULATOR
As part of its engagement process to ensure full compliance with the Charities Act 2009, the Charities Regulator has partnered with the network of 21 Volunteer Centres across the country and Volunteer Ireland to offer support services to charitable organisations that have yet to complete their registration with the Regulator.
Speaking on the announcement of the venture, Mr Gabriel O’Connell, CEO of Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) said “In Co Monaghan, the Volunteer Centre is operated by MID and we recognize that charities come in all shapes and sizes, including many smaller, volunteer led charities who might need extra support in completing their registration. Monaghan Volunteer Centre is at the heart of this community and our strong relationships with local groups make us the perfect fit to provide this support. We encourage any charity yet to complete their registration with the Charities Regulator to contact us.
The supports available through this initiative complement other supports that MID offer to community groups in the county. These include Garda Vetting, Code of Governance support, the Tús Scheme and LEADER funding.”
Head of Registration for the Charities Regulator, Eamon O’Halloran added “Under the Charities Act 2009, all charities operating in Ireland were required to register with the Regulator by last April and failure to do so is an offence. However, the Regulator accepts that there are many organisations out there that may require some assistance in completing their application."
“While there has already been a strong level of engagement from the sector, international practices have shown that initiatives such as this have a direct impact in increasing compliance with the law, which is why we commissioned this venture."
WINNERS OF THE ILDN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY ENTERPRISE AWARDS 2016 ANNOUNCED
Dublin, 16 September 2016: The inaugural ILDN Local Development Company Enterprise Awards paid tribute and acknowledged the remarkable achievements of winning entrepreneurs, who were previously unemployed and set up new businesses, in creating employment for themselves and others.
The 18 finalists received Back to Work Enterprise Allowances (BTWEA) which enabled them to establish their businesses. They were also provided with key supports by Local Development Companies in their Regions. The 3 overall award winners were Simply Natural Health, a wheatgrass production company from Donegal, Kerry based K&T Bakery & Cafés and Dublin tech company Hub Controls.
County Monaghan was represented in the competition by Derek Dolan and the PROSEO team. Derek did county Monaghan proud and received an award on the night in recognition of PROSEO’s achievement in reaching the final. Derek established his highly successful search engine optimization and online marketing business in 2012. It provides services in SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Google AdWords, Web Design, Social Media, Selling B2B (Business to business), Increasing Customer Traffic and Sales. He has grown this business from his bedroom to occupy offices in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan and Dublin City Centre. PROSEO currently employs 6 full-time staff, 2 Salesmen operating on commission and has 2 part-time positions, one an Intern and the other a trainee developer. Derek intends to expand the business into the UK and European markets and will recruit 3 new staff in the year ahead to help him do so. You can view Dereks video for the judging panel here.
The BTWEA / STEA schemes are funded through the Department of Social Protection and advisory support is provided via the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP). SICAP is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The SICAP funded Local Development Company Enterprise officers are a key in supporting clients into creating their own businesses. Speaking at the awards ceremony in Dublin, Derek Dolan said, “I wish to thank everyone involved at Monaghan Integrated Development. I would urge anyone who has an idea or business concept and who is finding it difficult to make the next step to make contact with their local development company. They’ll soon put you on the right path. Had it not been for them I would not be in the place I am in today.” Three businesses from each of the six ILDN regions was represented in the national final, following successful regional finals held throughout May and June 2016. A panel of judges, made up of representatives from the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, ILDN and Micro Finance Ireland made the final decision. Micro Finance Ireland was also a key sponsor of the Finals event.
Monaghan LEADER Funding Programme Now Open
A total budget of €7.59 million has been awarded for implementation and delivery of the LEADER Programme until the end of 2020. The funding was awarded based on a Local Development Strategy (LDS) which sets out the priority areas for the programme. The priorities in the strategy were identified through consultation with the local community in late 2015.
Click on the following link for further information on the Monaghan LEADER application process.
Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
Check out our SICAP work with Steadfast House by following the link below: