Amenity Grant Scheme 2021

Amenity Grant Scheme Guidelines 2021

Groups applying for the amenity grants must demonstrate adherence to and compliance with the public health advice and regulations on COVID 19 on any proposed plans of work, compliance with restrictions must be followed at all times.

Introduction

Louth County Council’s annual Amenity Grant Scheme recognises the level of voluntary works being carried out by residents/community/environmental associations/groups on an annual basis to better their environment.

These activities mean that Louth continues to be a better place in which to live, work and visit. It also ensures that Louth continues to feature prominently in various national competitions.

Works carried out by groups can include from time to time, both construction work and non construction work. This Amenity grant scheme does not apply to any type of construction projects and applies only to routine works or activities.

Therefore any type of Construction project is not eligible under this scheme.

Scheme Eligibility

All groups applying for the scheme must be voluntary in nature and tax compliant. (Tax registration/clearance certificates will be required from eligible groups).

 All groups applying for the scheme must have a separate group bank account.

 The following are some of the groups that will be considered under the scheme:

A Community Group- in this instance, is defined as a group of people who work for the benefit of the public, whose primary purpose is the carrying out of works to enhance or maintain their immediate living environment. Community groups may follow a set structure and adopt principles and codes of conduct which it wishes the community to follow.

 Residents Associations – is defined as a group of local peopleliving in a housing estate, street or apartment complex in a particular area that come together to promote and enhance the living environment of the area and to ensure that the area is well represented when dealing with local and statutory bodies

 An Environmental group – is defined as a group of people engaged with conservation/ environmental activities whose primary purpose is the carrying out of works to protect, maintain or enhance their immediate environment against misuse or disrepair from human/other forces. 

 A Tidy Towns Group – is defined as a group of people from a particular geographical area all sharing the common objective of working to sustain and improve their own area and who intend to enter the National Tidy Towns Competition annually.

Types of Activities Eligible Under The Scheme

The routine works or activities are expected to achieve, an overall improvement in the environmental status of the area and may include some/all of the following activities:

  • Cleaning, tidying, painting, removal of weeds, litter picking, grass cutting & general gardening and maintenance
  • Presentation of gardens, properties or open spaces, planting of trees, shrubs or flowerbeds
  • Painting/maintenance of seating areas, flowerbeds, edging of lawns/pavements, hedge trimming
  • Amenity projects, Bio-diversity projects, litter control projects

Successful proposals will include works which demonstrate clear positive impacts on the immediate environment.

The Application Process

All applicants seeking their proposal to be considered under the scheme, must ensure it is submitted on the official Application Form and on or before the specified closing date/time.

The application may be accompanied by supporting documentation including photographs (before/after), drawings, etc.

Assistance may be financial and/or advisory, under the scheme.

The assistance to be given by Louth County Council to any particular project proposal/activity will have regard to the following:

  • the resources of the Local Authority
  • the number and extent of applications received
  • the level of voluntary contributions
  • the number of persons involved and
  • the overall effect/impact of the proposal/activity on its immediate environment.

Groups wishing to be considered for assistance under the scheme must:

  • (a) Formulate a detailed plan for the particular proposed project/ activity.
  • (b) Specify the type of assistance required from Louth County Council.
  • (c) Specify the type and extent of sponsorship/fundraising/grants from other sources available to the group.
  • (d) Indicate the time scale involved in implementing and completing the proposal.
  • (e) Include in proposals how to maintain the proposed project or activity once completed.
  • (f) Keep and submit to Louth County Council all expenditure receipts, upon request.
  • (g) Hold and submit an up to date tax registration or tax clearance certificate, to Louth County Council.

 

Grants will normally be paid in two parts, however in certain cases, grant instalments may be paid, as deemed appropriate, as the proposed work proceeds.

Groups are required to retain all receipts, related to your proposal expenditure, should they be required to submit for inspection.

This is to comply with the governance requirement of the NOAC Public Spending Code which requires us to provide due diligence on all of our grant expenditure.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A GRANT, THE GROUP MUST HAVE SUBMITTED AN UP TO DATE TAX REGISTRATION OR TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE TO LOUTH COUNTY COUNCIL.

Resident Associations Online Application

The purpose of this grant is to assist residents associations to improve/enhance the area they live in

Resident

Community Group Online Application

The purpose of this grant is to assist Community groups to enhance the area they live/work within.

Community

Tidy Towns Online Application

The purpose of this grant is to assist Tidy Towns groups in their efforts to improve their town or village and facilitate its participation in the National Tidy Towns competition.

Tidytown

If  you would prefer to download Application Forms you can do so below and submit to Community@louthcoco.ie

Click here to download application forms for the Amenity Grant Scheme 2021 - Residents Associations

Click here to download application forms for the Amenity Grant  Scheme 2021 - Community Group

Click here to download application forms for the Amenity Grant Scheme 2021 - Tidy Town Group

Contact rosarie.meade@louthcoco.ie with any queries