Financing for Community Growth Seminar in Milltown

Photo with thanks to Michelle Cooper-Galvin

A seminar on ‘Financing For Community Growth’ attracted a large attendance of Community and Voluntary Sector organisation representatives to Nagle Rice Community Centre in Milltown this Tuesday night.

The event was organised by Clann Credo and supported by South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd. and was aimed at providing the most up to date information to the sector on the opportunities open to groups on topics such as accessing grant aid, loan finance and marketing of Community projects and initiatives. Among the speakers at the event were Susan Gallagher, Social Finance Executive Clann Credo, SKDP CEO Noel Spillane and Tom O’Leary of O’Leary & Associates.

Susan Gallagher outlined the options available to groups through Clann Credo with regard to both bridging finance and both medium and longer term loans. She also provided them with some examples of projects in Kerry that had accessed funding through them. Clann Credo are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.

SKDP CEO Noel Spillane gave a detailed overview of the LEADER programme and how LEADER funding could support Community projects. He added that he hoped the new programme would be up and running in Kerry in September.

Tom O’Leary highlighted the many opportunities to groups around fundraising including some online options to target the diaspora. He noted that groups could often benefit from seeking services from companies rather than just direct funding.

Don Myers, Chairperson of the Nagle Rice Community Centre,  gave an insight into the work the Nagle Rice Community Centre Group had undertaken to bring the Nagle Rice Community Centre project to fruition. He noted that they had to cross many hurdles along the way but he said it was worth it and that they were very proud of their achievements in developing the centre.

The presentations from the event are available on the links below.

SKDP CEO Noel Spillane Presentation on LEADER

Susan Gallagher CLANN CREDO Presentation

Fundraising – Tom O’Leary Presentation

SKDP LEADER Team Contact Details:

Cahersiveen Area:

Maureen O’Neill, RDP Co-ordinator; West Main Street, Cahersiveen: Phone 066 9472724// 087 6944432 // [email protected]

Killorglin/Killarney Area:

Seán de Buitléar, RDP Officer, Library Place, Killorglin: Phone 066 9761615// 087 2670689 // [email protected]

Kenmare/Killarney Area:

Don Colbert, RDP Officer; 21 Henry Street (1st Floor), Kenmare: Phone 064 6641930// 086 9736941 // [email protected]