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Friday, 13 July 2018

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission: Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2018

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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is proud to announce that the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2018 is now open for applications.
The aim of this scheme is to encourage leadership and excellence with a view to creating a deeper culture of human rights and equality in Ireland. It supports eligible activities that relate to one or both of the themes of:
A. Intercultural Understanding and Diversity;
B. Supporting the Implementation of the Public Sector Duty.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st of July 2018 at 5.00pm.



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Cork Equal & Sustainable Communities Alliance: Equality And Social Inclusion Small Grants Scheme 2018

Cork Equal & Sustainable Communities Alliance: Equality And Social Inclusion Small Grants Scheme 2018



Applications are invited from groups / organisations seeking to promote social inclusion and social justice in Cork City. The key focus will be on collaborative work using once off funding which can be completed within a 12 month timeframe.
For information on how and where to apply see please contact Rita O’Sullivan by email
Closing date for applications is Friday 10th August, 2018
Please see CESCA Grant Scheme Criteria and Application Form here 


Cork City

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Health Service Executive: Vacancies for Two Community Health Workers

Health Service Executive: Community Health Worker x 2

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Community Health Worker – Cork North (2 Posts)

1 x Specified Purpose Contract for a 3 Year Period.
1 x Specified Purpose Contract for an Initial Period of Six Months
Job Title and Grade:
Community Health Worker – Cork North (2 Posts x Specified Purpose Contract)
(Aligned to Social Care Worker with Qualification for pay purposes)
Closing Date: Friday, 27th July, 2018
Proposed Interview date(s) :Wednesday, 15th August 2018
Taking up Appointment: As soon as possible
Location of Post:
Community Work Department - Cork North, The Old Library, St. Mary’s Road, Cork City.
A panel may be formed for Community Health Worker posts within the Cork North Community Work Department from which specified purpose vacancies of full/part-time duration may be filled.
Organisational Area: Cork Kerry Community Healthcare
Details of Service
The Community Work Department Cork North :
  • Works to develop innovative programmes which reflect the many factors that determine the health of individuals and communities.
  • Is concerned with developing a collective response to needs within communities, including those experiencing social exclusion.
  • Promotes inclusive ways of working in order to secure concrete improvements in quality of life for those communities.
  • Focuses on empowerment, user participation, collective action, partnership and inter-agency working, being respectful of individuals and their communities, links between poverty and health inequalities, promotion of social inclusion and accountability.
  • Seeks to support, guide and strengthen the capacities of communities for positive health and equitable health outcomes.
  • Supports the work across all HSE divisions i.e. Primary Care, Social Care, Mental Health and Health & Wellbeing.
Reporting Relationship: Reports to the Principal Community Worker - Cork North Community Work Department or other designated person.
Purpose of the Post
To work with local communities and the HSE in identification and definition of local health issues, develop innovative responses and explore methods of enhancing the local delivery of health services.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Medtronic Healthy Communities Fund

The Medtronic Healthy Communities Fund

The Medtronic Foundation focuses on expanding access to quality chronic disease care among underserved populations worldwide, as well as supports health initiatives in communities where Medtronic employees live and give. The purpose of the Medtronic Healthy Communities Fund is to promote health at community levels, especially for those who have been traditionally at risk for non-communicable disease (NCDs) or underserved by existing related healthcare services.


  • Closing Date: 7th August 2018
  • Grants will be made by: 31st October 2018
  • Work should begin: November 2018
  • Interim Reports due: April 2019
  • Final Outcome Reports due: November 2019
This year, Capacity Building Grants of up to €5,000 are being offered to not-for-profit organisations who are working to improve local community health. The aim of these grants is to help small organisations to build their organisational skills, knowledge and resources and to build their capacity by investing in the areas of:
1. Partnership Development
Funding can be used for seeking, developing, defining and supporting new partnerships.
2. Networking
Funding can be used to help you expand your professional network and links to other organisations in the sector.
3. Planning
Funding can be used to research, develop or improve long term organisational plans.
4. Communications
Funding can be used to build on your communication practices & policies and to build awareness of NCDs with a view to improve community health.
Before you make an application to the Fund you must ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme which can be downloaded here.

Who can apply:

Applicant organisations should have an annual income of no more than €500,000 and its Mission Statement should be focused on addressing the health needs of the local community (preferably underserved or disadvantaged) and ideally be aligned with the Fund Objectives (see criteria), Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3) and the Healthy Ireland (HI) framework.
Please review the full criteria document for guidance on what type of project and organisation will be given preference in this grant round and for details on what the fund will not support and what the monitoring requirements are.

How to apply:

Download the full criteria document here.
Apply online here.
Closing Date: 16:00, 7th August 2018
If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, please contact the grants team on 01 874 7354 or e-mail



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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Applications being sought for Community Worker (Refugee Support) – Cork (Part-time)

We would appreciate if you could forward this information with the links below to anyone who you think may be interested in addition to colleagues/networks etc.

Further details on the post and the application process are available on activelink:
and on nasc’s website via the link below:

Kind Regards,
Sorcha Ní Chrualaoich

Community Worker | Cork North Community Work Department | Cork Kerry Community Healthcare | Health Service Executive | Old Library Building| St. Mary’s Road| Cork City | Eircode: T23TX21
Tel. 021 4928370 | Mob. 086 7872263 | E:

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


The U.C.C. Diploma in Youth and Community Work programme is aimed at those who are interested in working with young people and communities who experience social disadvantage and exclusion. This is a two year programme (€990 per academic year), which runs on a Tuesday night and on a number of Saturdays during the academic year. It will commence in lateSeptember 2018. The closing date for applications is mid September 2018. For further information and details on how to apply, please see you have any questions about this course or any of our courses, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Creative Communities Scheme

Cork County Council has issued a call for applications for its Municipal Districts, Creative Communities Scheme 2018.
The Creative Communities Scheme will provide €150,000 funding to support the development of new community based arts projects in the Municipal District areas in the County.  
This funding scheme promotes a partnership model of working, encouraging community groups to work with arts organisations and individual artists to develop arts and cultural projects at local level. The scheme aims to provide support for new ideas and ways of working that will promote access to the arts and increase public participation and involvement in creative activity.
The scope of the scheme is wide ranging and allows for proposals projects that will meet at least one of the following objectives:
  • Enhance community participation in the arts and foster a culture of creativity in the community
  • Develop new opportunities for co-operation between community and cultural interest groups.
  • Improve or support access to the arts for any of the following: children and young people, ethnic minorities, disadvantaged, older people, people with disabilities etc.
  • Develop opportunities for the creative artist to work in the community or provide an opportunity for the community to work with a regional or national arts organisation
  • Have a significant impact in community life. For example, through a public event, in the visual enhancement of an area, in new ways of working among local organisations etc
The closing date for applications is Friday July 20th .  
For further information and to apply see or contact the Cork County Council Arts Office at 021 4346210

Marine Litter Saturday 14th July 2018 from 10:00 to 13:00

Event: Marine Litter at: Inchydoney, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Sat, 14/07/2018 - 10:00

 Marine Litter is a topical subject and is of a concern all around the world. The beaches in Ireland are also subject to marine litter of all guises. This event starts with a talk in the Inchydoney  Hotel by Sean Lynch of Open Litter Map. Sean will explain the issues with marine litter and the types of litter that are found on our beaches. This will be followed by a walk around the dunes at Inchydoney to collect litter. The event is free.

West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival

The West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival will take place at various locations throughout West Cork, Co. Cork 

This year represents the 10th Anniversary of the West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival. It will feature a number of wonderful performances in a range of different locations in West Cork and has been organised by the Blood in the Alley Theatre Company in association with Cork County Council and the Arts Council.
For full information click here


Please find attached details and application form for the Department of Rural and Community Development Community Enhancement Programme 2018 which has a closing date of 30th July 2018.

Completed application forms are to be returned to the relevant LCDC (South, North or West) at County Hall (address on application form).

Please read the attached documents in detail if you are interested in making an application but some key elements are
  • 30% of the funds are allocated to grants of €1000, the remaining funds are for capital grants in excess of €1000. 
  • Under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP), which is funded by the Department, grants will be provided towards capital projects to enhance facilities in disadvantaged areas.  The scheme does not provide funding for the employment of staff.
  • The activity or project must benefit the local community and relate to the key priority areas identified in the LECP.
  • Grant monies must be expended and drawn down from the LCDC by end of year 2018. 

For queries please contact the Local Community Development Unit, Cork County Council on 021-4285500 or 021-4285230 or email:

For groups in The City

The Cork City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC)





Cork City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) wishes to invite applications for the 2018 Community Enhancement Programme. 
For further information, please see the below link to LCDC CEP 2018.



LCDC CEP guidelines 2018 

LCDC CDP application form


LCDC Information Leaflet

Monday, 9 July 2018

Fermoy- Introduction To CDYS for young people going into First year

Please see attached for your information poster from Rose Finnerty, CDYS in relation to 6th class programme they are running in Fermoy next week, for any young person who has just finished 6th class and is going into 1st year.

The Climate Action Fund

The Climate Action Fund will support initiatives from the public and private sector that will help Ireland reach its climate and energy targets.  The deadline for applications is October 1st 2018.
The €500million Fund is a central element of the Government's National Development Plan 2018-2027.
Announcing the first Call for Applications Minister Naughten said: "Today is a hugely significant day as I launch the first Call for Applications under the Government's Climate Action Fund.  This Fund is one of the most innovative measures that we announced as part of Project Ireland 2040, where we have ring-fenced half a billion euro for projects that will have a practical and profound effect on the future of our nation and our environment. It's about turning innovative ideas into climate action and using this fund to support larger scale projects that would otherwise not be developed without this support from Government.  The opportunities are endless and I would encourage people to be creative and solution focussed. Projects could range from electrifying our bus fleet, to expanding electric vehicles' charging infrastructure, or the development of district heating projects in our cities, to using farm and food waste as a source of renewable energy.  The Fund is about a new way of problem solving in urban and rural communities, and in business and enterprise on climate and our environment."
This call for applications will provide grant funding to larger scale projects – seeking total support in excess of €1m – that are scheduled to commence development in 2019 or 2020.

The focus will be on supporting a broad range of projects that demonstrate innovation. The types of projects that may be supported include:

§  Renewable energy projects;

§  Energy efficiency projects;

§  District heating projects;

§  Local infrastructure projects (including electric vehicle charging networks); and

§  Projects that enhance the standards of environmental protection.

As the Climate Action Fund develops, further calls will be made.

Minister Naughten concluded: "Effective change is putting the levers for climate action into people's hands and the Climate Action Fund provides an unprecedented opportunity for communities, organisations and individuals. It is a blank canvas. The Fund is about supporting projects that will decrease Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions and increase our use of sustainable energy. The scale of the Climate Action Fund demonstrates the support by the Government in achieving the objectives of the National Mitigation Plan and Project Ireland 2040 – in particular achieving a sustainable, low-carbon society."​

Full details of the Climate Action Fund are available on the Department's website.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Confused about what goes into your Recycling bin? Recycling Workshops are here to help

Recycling Workshops aim to help improve Ireland’s recycling rates and reduce levels of contamination in household recycling bins.  Since November 2017 a team of 30 ambassadors have run more than 300 workshops with communities, social groups and businesses across the country. Coming to them to present this free interactive workshop and help to dispel any confusion around recycling in the home. 

The majority of householders in Ireland have persistently shown a willingness to recycle and are extremely environment aware, but many are confused about what is suitable for modern day recycling bins. Currently 28% of all material placed in household Mixed Dry Recyclable (MDR) bins is incorrect for example food, grass, nappies etc, this brings with it the added problem of contaminating the other recyclable material.

“The recycling list gives people one simple and clear message about recycling: ‘keep it clean, empty and loose’” Project manager Suzie Cahn . 

Launched by Minister Denis Nougthon, the VOICE Recycling Ambassador Programme is the first initiative of its kind to bring together representatives from the Government, Industry and environmental community to bring clarity to the Household recycling bin. By engaging with individuals in communities around this issue the programme aims to bring awareness of the new Recycling list and help to improve recycling rates and reduce contamination across the country.

This is a national programme and is available FREE to community groups, businesses and at events.
Ambassadors will bring the workshop to you, helping you to sort your recyclable cans from your recycling can-nots. To book a workshop you can contact us via the website or contact one of the liaisons who coordinate the programme around the country :

Southern Region :       Tad can be reached at
Connaught Ulster:       Aoife can be found at
Eastern Midlands:       Clodagfh can be reached at

 The VOICE initiative has been funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment with support from REPAK, project partners are the three regional waste offices (the Southern Region, Connacht Ulster Region and the Eastern Midlands Region).


Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Cork County Council is seeking competent Electricians, Plumbers and Building Contractors

Interested in expanding your business?
Cork County Council is seeking competent Electricians, Plumbers and Building Contractors with a good track record of Health and Safety for the Routine Maintenance, Refurbishment and Upgrade of Social Houses in all areas across Cork County.
The Council undertakes significant works annually across the County To its housing stock across various disciplines, such as :
  • Minor Plumbing & Electrical Repair works
  • Minor Building works & Housing maintenance works
  • Heating system installations and maintenance works
  • Electrical maintenance works and Installations
  • Building refurbishment and Construction works
  • Disabled Adaptation works to Housing Stock
To this end Cork County Council will shortly be seeking tender proposals from interested contractors for the provision of such work.  For more information come to one of our Workshops:
Monday 16th July 2018
Walter Raleigh Hotel – Bridge Suite
Tuesday 17th  July 2018
Hibernian Hotel - Munster Room
Wednesday 18th July 2018
Fernhill House Hotel –Woodfield Room

Thursday 19th July
Oriel House Hotel – The Leslie 2 Suite

Workshops commence at 6pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival.
Queries taken until 8pm.
For further queries contact

Monday, 2 July 2018

Leave No Trace

The natural biodiversity of Ireland has created wonderful landscapes for us to explore and enjoy. To ensure that this continues to be the case for all of us it is important when out and about that you behave in a manner that ensures the protection of all species, habitats and landscapes. The following are some tips:

  • Plan ahead and prepare for your trip checking out access, policies and any equipment needed
  • Be considerate of others especially those who live and work in the countryside
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife ensuring that you do not disturb them
  • Travel and camp on durable ground sticking to existing tracks and campsites where possible
  • Leave what you find respecting property, archaeological
  • Dispose of waste properly either in facilities provided or by bringing it home.
  • Minimise the effects of fire that can cause lasting effects on wildlife and farmland.

Get more information on Leave no Trace Ireland