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Men's Shed Funding under the Community Enhancement Programme 2018

Additional funding of €0.5m has been allocated nationally to the Community Enhancement Programme 2018. This is ring-fenced for small capital grants for Men’s Sheds.

€21,739 has been allocated to Mayo County Council.

The application process for this ring-fenced funding will be administered by Mayo Local Community Development Committee, working with Mayo County Council on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development.  All Men’s Sheds in Ireland that are affiliated with the Irish Men’s Shed Association are eligible to apply.

Application forms are available on or by calling the Community Engagement Section of Mayo County Council on 094 9064377.

Completed Applications should be returned to Mayo County Council, Cedar House, Castlebar, Co. Mayo or by email to  


The closing for receipt of applications is 4pm Friday 31st August 2018.


Men's Shed Funding Application Form 2018 (Document)

Application form for the Men's Shed Funding under the Community Enhancement Programme 2018.
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Community Enhancement Programme 2018

Community Enhancement Programme 2018

Mayo Local Community Development Committee, working with Mayo County Council on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development invites applications for inclusion in the Community Enhancement Programme 2018. 

The programme is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the Local Economic Community Plan. Funding is for capital projects only and projects should demonstrate added value. 

The programme will offer grants under the following two categories;

Category 1

Small scale capital projects up to a maximum of €1,000


Category 2

A limited number of medium scale capital projects will be considered for funding up to a maximum of €20,000

Application forms and guidelines are available on and or by calling the Community Engagement Section of Mayo County Council on 094 9064377.  Applicants are encouraged to read the application guidelines prior to completing the application form.

Completed Applications for Category 1 and 2 should be returned to Community Engagement, Mayo County Council, Cedar House, Castlebar, Co. Mayo or by email to  


Closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm Monday 30th July 2018.

Applications will not be considered after this date.


Community Enhancement Programme 2018 Application Form (doc - 281 kb)

Community Enhancement Programme 2018 Guidelines (doc - 125 kb)

Community Funding

The CLÁR Programme

CLÁR (Ceantair Laga árd-Riachtanais) is a targeted investment programme which provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered the greatest levels of population decline.  The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas by attracting people to live and work there.  The funding works in conjunction with local funding and on the basis of locally identified priorities.  Funding is available under two measures to be operated by Local Authorities for a range of School and Community projects:

Measure 1 Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures

Measure 2 Play Areas (incl MUGAs)


Community Engagement Section

Mayo County Council, Top Floor, Cedar House, Moneen Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.


This scheme is currently closed


Town and Village Renewal Scheme

The aim of the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is to support the revitalisation of towns and villages in order to improve the living and working environment of their communities and increase their potential to support increased economic activity into the future.  The scheme is specifically targeted at rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000. 

The following are indicative lists of the types of activities that can be supported (these lists are not exhaustive).

  • Projects that support entrepreneurship (e.g. development of Enterprise Hubs, Hot Desk Facilities, Digital Hubs, Creative Hubs, training facilities)

  • Integrated approaches to developing individual sectors within the town and/or its environs (e.g. artisan food hubs, craft hubs)

  • Projects which demonstrate collaboration between town centre businesses and the surrounding area to produce economic benefit

  • Targeted actions to tackle minor infrastructural deficiencies in access, services, site development works and other infrastructure that may be needed to support town centre housing and commercial development

  • Tourism initiatives

  • Enhancement of heritage and/or other community assets

  • Town safety and accessibility enhancements

  • Provision/enhancement of leisure facilities (e.g. Town Parks, walking trails)

  • Conducting/commissioning of Town/Village health check

  • Development of quality marks such as Purple Flag, Heritage Town, etc.



Community Engagement Section

Mayo County Council, Top Floor, Cedar House, Moneen Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.


This scheme is currently closed


Community Gain Investment Fund (CGIF)

The Community Gain Investment Fund was established in 2011 following a condition by An Bord Pleanála, in its decision on the Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline, to provide funding which would benefit the local community.

A Community Development Plan for the Area was prepared by Mayo County Council.  An Investment Fund of €8.5 Million over a period of 5 years was paid by the developer in trust to Mayo County Council.

The Community Development Plan was subject to consultation with the local community and others to ensure it provided a broad range of initiatives, mainly for the benefit of those communities that lived closest to the Gas Pipeline development.

Applications for funding were invited annually, and assessed by a representative Evaluation Committee, under a number of categories, namely Arts Heritage and Culture, Marine Agriculture and Enterprise, Health and Social Services, Training and Education, Infrastructure, Sport and Recreation, and Tourism.

While the fund was fully committed by the end of 2015 with no new funding to be granted, activity is still ongoing in relation to the drawdown of grants approved.

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Mayo Career Fair 2019


Mayo Career Fair 2019 – GMIT Castlebar 12th January 2019 – Helping Teens With Career Choice

Senior cycle and pre-senior cycle students, and their families, are invited to attend the Mayo Career Fair 2019, in GMIT, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, on Saturday, January 12 (11am to 3pm).

The purpose of Mayo Career Fair 2019 is to arm students and families with key information on the various options available to them upon completing their second-level education. Admission will be free of charge.

Mr. Brian Mooney, a Guidance Counsellor and educational expert, will be in attendance as a guest speaker on the day. As an educational analyst with a weekly column in the Irish Times, he delivered a most comprehensive presentation with the most relevant, current and strategic information useful in researching and preparing for career pathways.

Other guest speakers confirmed for the event are Angelina Nugent and Gerry Hussey. Angelina Nugent is Sports Editor with Midwest Radio and also works as part of the news team at the station. Gerry Hussey is a Performance Psychology Consultant & Motivational Speaker.

Stands from leading CAO universities and colleges from Ireland and the UK will afford students the opportunity to ask key questions about those institutions, entry requirements and employment possibilities. Non-college options will also be presented on the day.

There will also be presentations on the CAO application process, SUSI – grant applications, HEAR / DARE – Higher Education Access Route and Disability Access Route to Education, Apprenticeships, UCAS – application process to UK Colleges, UNICAS – application process to European colleges and bursaries and scholarships

The event is being organised by The Education and Training Working Group of Mayo Local Community Development Committee, Mayo County Council,, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board, South Mayo GAA Board and supported by Mayo Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Mayo Local Employment Service (LES), Health Service Executive (HSE), Údarás na Gaeltachta, Probation Service,  the Mayo GAA Coaching Committee, St Jarlath’s Credit Union (Tuam) and Claremorris/Ballinrobe Credit Union, South West Mayo Development Company and the Mayo North East LEADER Partnership.

The colleges and other bodies attending will be updated here on an ongoing basis  and on Other details about the event are also available on those pages.

Post-primary students from third, fourth fifth and sixth years, and their parents are invited. People from outside the county are also more than welcome to come along.

Students and their families are invited to come along on the day and speak with the various representatives from the colleges and other entities.


Pride of Place Awards 2018

County Mayo community groups were honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held in Cork City Hall on Saturday evening (November 17).

Balla lifted the best Urban Neighbourhood/Village with a population between 300 and 1000 with the Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association coming runners up in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category.

Mayo was represented by three projects at the awards – Balla, Erris IWA and Céide Coast Community Tourism project. All three were nominated earlier in the year by Mayo County Council.

Representatives from all three projects were among the 800 strong crowd in City Hall, Cork.

Pride of Place is an annual all-island competition organised by Co-operation Ireland, IPB Insurance and Local Authority partners which acknowledges the work of communities all over the island of Ireland. Judging took place in August and consisted of a site visit to each location with presentations by community representatives of their achievements and tours of the areas.

Spokesperson and Head of Community Engagement for Mayo County Council, Ms Síofra Kilcullen, said ‘We are extremely proud of our three entries who work tirelessly to make their communities better places to live, work and visit. That work goes on every day, and are delighted to get a chance to acknowledge it through the Pride of Place Competition’

A big congratulations to all!‌

Pride of Place 2018 Balla

Pride of Place 2018 Erris

'Meet the Council' evening in Claremorris

Claremorris Community Futures

Mayo Community Futures, in conjunction with the Claremorris Municipal District office, hosted a very positive ‘Meet the Council’ event in the Town Hall on Thursday 8th November. This was the third ‘Meet the Council’ evening, following on from the very successful Westport and Ballina Meetings.

Community Futures is a bottom up community planning process delivered by Mayo County Council for the past decade which engages whole communities in the identification and delivery of projects to meet real community needs.  

 The aim of the meetings is to streamline communications and build linkages between the teams in Mayo County Council and locally based Community Futures committees.

The communities represented on the night were from from Ballyhaunis, Charlestown, Kilkelly and Knock. They were invited to put forward three projects that they would like to progress and discuss on a one to one basis with council officials.  Council staff from the Municipal District Office, Architects, Heritage, Engineering and Roads sections were positioned at tables around the room and the community representatives circulated between the tables. The meeting was broken into time blocks to allow everyone to have a chance to meet each other and to make the best use of the allotted time.

The responses from both the communities and the council staff were very positive.  The communities felt that the opportunity of speaking directly with relevant council personnel was invaluable and that the event saved time in getting straight to the point rather than to-ing and fro-ing with emails and phone calls.

The benefits for the Council are that their teams would have a clearer idea of community priorities and with a little brainstorming some new ideas and solutions were thrown up.  Everyone felt it was a very effective use of time and a valuable exercise.

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