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Cork County Council, as part of its COVID-19 Community Support Programme, has launched an emergency fund for groups across County Cork assisting in the response efforts to the COVID-19 emergency.

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The dedicated fund of €116,277 ispart of a programme of measures developed by Cork County Council in collaboration with statutory, voluntary and community organisations who are leading the response at a local level.

Groups and organisations are invited to apply via an easy online application for the fund which is part of a national Community Emergency Fund of €2.5million from the Department of Rural and Community Development. The fundingaims to support exceptional one-off costs incurred by community and voluntary groups involved in the response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey says:

“Cork County Council’s dedicated Community Call Helpline has handled in excess of two thousands calls andour 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 noted the invaluable contribution of voluntary groups, saying:

“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.”

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.

Cork County Council’s online application is now open at www.yourcouncil.ieCommunity groups can apply until 5pm on Friday May 8th 2020. For more information, please contact the Cork County Council Covid-19 Community Support Programme at 1800 805 819 or email [email protected]

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