Fingal Chamber Community Fund 2021
Fingal Chamber has established a new ‘Fingal Chamber Community Fund’ for community-led projects and activities in the region.
This new fund totalling over €25,000 is financed by supporters and contributions from the Chamber and aims to support the community projects and activities which benefit the citizens of Fingal.
The scheme is operated by Fingal Chamber’s Community Committee who are encouraging citizens to promote this new opportunity within their local areas.
The funding is targeted at supporting communities on developing initiatives in a variety of categories such as environmental and sustainability, health and wellbeing, and social inclusion and community development.
Those who can apply include, but are not limited to:
- Voluntary Community Groups or Established Clubs
- Local Charities
- Companies Limited by Guarantee
- Residents' Associations from Local Communities
The following provides a non-exhaustive list of example projects that could receive funding under the programme:
- The organisation of local ‘clean up days’
- Sustainability initiatives
- Mental health initiatives
- Promotion of ‘get active’ initiatives
- Initiatives that connect young and old
- Digital inclusion
- Purchase of educational equipment
- Development of amenities
The programme can fully fund projects and will typically award grants between €1,000 and €5,000.
The closing date for entries is Monday, the 1st of February 2021.
The Fingal Chamber Community Committee
The Fingal Chamber Council established the Fingal Chamber Community Committee in 2020.
The Fingal Chamber Community Committee will be composed of representatives of the Chamber Board/Council, Patron Supporters, people working with community organisations, and member representatives are chosen for their independence, experience and understanding of corporate social responsibility dimensions.
The Fingal Chamber Community Committee will meet at least four times yearly and as many additional times as the Chamber Board/Council deems necessary to carry out its duties effectively.
The Fingal Chamber Community Committee seeks to create a Fingal which is sustainably developed for the benefit of the people who currently live and work here, and for future generations who will inherit the region.
The Fingal Chamber Community Committee will shape a better future for the communities in which we live and work by leveraging collective expertise and working collaboratively.
The purpose of the Fingal Chamber Community Committee is to set out the objectives and actions needed to promote and support the sustainable development of Fingal, both by itself directly and in partnership with other community development stakeholders.
- driving meaningful engagement with Fingal Chamber network in sustainable development goal initiatives;
leveraging the combined and collective pool of skills and knowledge within the Fingal Chamber network and bringing a more joined-up approach to sustainable development programmes and interventions;
coordinating, planning and overseeing the Fingal Chamber Community Fund;
pursuing opportunities for additional Community Fund Supporters or funding for the area, whether from members, Exchequer, EU, private or other sources;
supporting, advising and reporting to the Chamber Board/Council on matters that support individuals, groups, communities, events and/or organisations at local and regional levels.
Sustainable Development Goals and Strategy
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious set of targets adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 that provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
Lead by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, with a whole-of-government approach, Ireland has taken on the responsibility for promoting and overseeing national implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and these goals.
On the 4th anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2019, all affiliated Chambers across Ireland announced that they had signed a pledge giving their commitment to supporting the SDGs. This involves the Chambers pledging to uphold, communicate and implement the SDGs throughout the work that they carry out.
In one way or another, almost all the Goals reflect the objectives of the Chamber network. That being said, Chambers Ireland has chosen to focus, initially, on five of the Goals that we believe we can both contribute directly towards and champion through our work in the Chamber Network.
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
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