Welcome to the 6th issue of the Roscommon Public Participation Network (PPN) E-Bulletin. 

If any group would like to advertise an upcoming event please send details to 

This is an opportunity for community groups to learn what is happening in their area and in other community groups around the County.

County Plenary
The Plenary is made up of representatives of all the PPN members. It is the ruling body of the PPN. It decides the policies, programmes and direction of the PPN, and agrees the workplan and budget. Each member organisation has one vote at the Plenary.
We are hoping to hold two meetings of the County Plenary this year, one in April and one in November. We would like to hold one in the North of the County and one in the South and are open to suggestions as to where exactly to hold them. The venue will depend on the feedback from you, the PPN member so please reply with your suggestions.
Training for PPN Member Groups
We asked all PPN member groups in the second half of last year, what training you would like to be offered in 2017 and these were the top responses:

  1. Understanding the local decision making structures - LCDC, SPC's, JPC's, etc.
  2. Fundraising & An introduction to funding - applications, tax
  3. Social Media & Basic Computers
  4. Committee Skills (setting up, managing and promoting the group group)
These free training courses can be offered at local level, location will be decided based on demand. If you or anyone in your group are interested in these training opportunities I would ask people, who haven't expressed an interest to email If you have any other suggestions regarding a training need please let me know.
In this issue:
  • Funding News
  • Linkage Groups
  • Public Consultation Notices
  • Training & Resources
  • Notices
You can now register online and keep up to date with latest news and events.

Tidy Towns & Amenity Grants Scheme 2017

Roscommon County Council is currently accepting applications under the 
Tidy Towns & Amenity Grants Scheme 2017.
Applications will be accepted from: -
- Tidy Towns Associations
- Local Development Groups
- Sub-Aqua Groups
Funding is available for eligible small scale capital amenity projects.

Tel: 090-6637325   E-Mail:

Application Forms can also be downloaded from:           
CLOSING DATE for receipt of completed applications is: Friday, 31st March 2017 before 5.00p.m.
Dormant Accounts Fund
Funding available for programmes or projects to assist:
  • The personal and social development of persons who are economically or socially disadvantaged;
  • The educational development of persons who are educationally disadvantaged; or
  • Persons with a disability
For more information click here.

Roscommon Municipal District Funding Scheme 2017

Roscommon Municipal District are inviting applications from applicants within the Roscommon Municipal District Area who wish to avail of the above funding subject to the scheme’s terms and conditions.

Click here for more information.

Communities Integration Fund 2017

The Communities Integration Fund will fund actions by community organisations to promote integration in their local communities.

The intention is to provide funding and support for communities across Ireland to play a greater role in promoting integration by providing practical support to facilitate social inclusion among the migrant population.

Click here for more information.

The Social Change grants that will be open for application will be under the categories of The Older Person’s Fund, LGBT+ people who are Migrants and Leadership for Ethnic Minorities.

The Older Persons’ Fund

The Older Persons’ Fund is a long term philanthropic fund which promotes the civic engagement of older people, as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities.  In 2107 the Fund will be inviting projects in the area of civic engagement which:

  • Support older people’s ‘voice’ at a local and national level, and their capacity to engage in all strands of society.
  • Promote older people’s participation as active citizens in their communities and their inclusion in civic life.
For further information click here.

Structures At Risk Fund 2017

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is continuing The Structures at Risk Fund for 2017.

The purpose of the Structures at Risk Fund (SRF) is to assist with works to safeguard structures protected under the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended); including works to proposed protected structures, and in certain cases, works to safeguard structures within Architectural Conservation Areas, where, in the opinion of the Department, an urgent need for works to such structures has arisen and has been demonstrated. Only structures in immediate danger of significant deterioration will qualify for consideration for funding by the Department.
Click here for further information.

Cemetery Improvement and Maintenance Scheme 2017

Roscommon County Council will consider applications from voluntary groups who are prepared to carry out improvements and maintenance works on cemeteries in their locality. The work, which will qualify for grant aid will include: Boundary Improvements; Repairs to path ways and Control of grass and weeds (Purchase of Equipment). All work must be carried out in accordance with guidelines published by the Office of Public Works.

Click here for more information.

Community Heritage Bursary 2017 & Heritage Research Bursary 2017

 Roscommon County Council invites applications for Community Heritage Bursary 2017 & Heritage Research Bursary 2017 

For more information click here.  

The Heritage Council is Offering the following grant scheme in 2017

The Heritage Council are giving you this outline of their grant schemes to give you more time to plan your projects. The full application forms will be available online from March 1st 2017.
Community Heritage Grants Scheme
Grant Scheme for Museum Standards Programme of Ireland Participants (MSPI)
Thatch Conservation Grant Scheme

You must submit your application online (including supporting documents) by 5pm 24th March 2017.
Click here for more information. 

A Linkage Group is formed to support the people nominated by the PPN to various Council committees. They are made up of representatives of the PPN members that have an interest in the work of the particular committee. The PPN representatives on the Council committees report to and take direction from the relevant Linkage Group. When it is necessary to elect a PPN representative to a Council committee it is the relevant Linkage Group that elects them. 

Please click here to find out who the PPN reps are on these committees. If you would like to join a Linkage Group please e mail 


Public Consultation on the Review of Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines

Minister Coveney is inviting interested parties to make written submissions or comments by 5:30pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017. For more information click here

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Tune Up is a half-day refresher workshop developed by Living Works Education for participants who have completed ASIST.  The workshop offers participants an opportunity to review the Suicide Intervention Model, discuss successes and challenges in using the model and clarify concepts covered within the model.
Learning Objectives:
The goal of ASIST Tune Up is to provide the participants the opportunity to:
  1. Review learning from the ASIST
  2. Test, examine, or review how ASIST is applied in the real world
  3. Share their experiences in applying ASIST.
  4. Recapture the feeling of a caring community validating the necessity of self care and the importance of having resources.
The ASIST Tune Up workshop is designed for professionals, caregivers, and individuals who may work or be in contact with people at risk of suicide and who have taken the two day ASIST workshop.
Further Information:
If you require more information please contact Mary McGrath, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE West, Room S23, Primary Care Centre, Golf Links Road, Roscommon. Phone:  090 6665071.  Email:

Free Sustainable Communities Funding and Governance Handbooks 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has partnered with The Wheel to produce the Sustainable Communities Guidebooks series, providing up to date advice on funding and governance for community-led groups throughout Ireland.

You can download both guides below.

A Funding Handbook for Community-Led Groups

A Governance Resource Book for Small Community & Voluntary Organisations
Energy Action Fuel Poverty and Climate Action Conference
Monday 6th March 2017, Croke Park, Dublin. For more information click here

Roscommon County Council is providing a free information alert service, known as MapAlerter, to citizens living or working within the County for the purpose of proactively providing information on local issues, news, and events..
If you are not familiar with the MapAlerter service it is a FREE SMS Text Message and Email alert service aimed at members of the public who live or work within County Roscommon. What makes the MapAlerter service different from other alert services is that it uses location to determine what alerts are relevant to what registered users. Simply register for the service at, or download the free app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, and you will start receiving alerts free of charge.

The Heritage Council Guidance for the Care and Conservation and Recording of Historic Graveyards
Click here to view. 

Community Finance Ireland
For Top Tips for Bridging Community Based Capital Grants in Ireland click  here

Roscommon PPN Art/Photography Competition
The Roscommon Public Participation Network invites all National Schools based in County Roscommon to participate in an Art and/or Photography competition, the Closing Date of which will be midnight, Friday March 3rd 2017. All schools have received notices regarding this competition. Please encourage your schools and children's participation. 
Prizes: a compact camera for winner and runner-up (in each municipal district - Athlone, Boyle and Roscommon). The Winner’s school will receive a Sony bridge camera (in each MD).

Community Art Group Ballaghaderreen presents a permanent display of their work in Café an Doirin in the town. The exhibit is changed at regular intervals and all art works are for sale at affordable prices.

Local Enterprise Week 5th-10th March 2017
Local Enterprise Week returns with an exciting range of events and seminars, all designed to support you in the set up and development of your business.
Click here for more information.

The Core (an outreach of The Church of Ireland)
  • Video Club
  • Friendship Circle
  • English Conversation
For more information contact Alastair Donaldson (Chairperson) on 0906665413 or 0876373898 or @roscommoncore on Facebook.

Safe Home Ireland
Safe Home Ireland was set up to assist older qualifying Irish born emigrants to explore the option of returning to secure affordable housing back in their native areas. Their work is spread across the 26 counties and we provide supports to our housing applicants at every stage of their journey, from the initial enquiry abroad to actual return home.
They also provide a free, confidential information and advice service to anyone who may be considering returning or moving to Ireland, regardless of their age or circumstance. For more information click here.
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This is an opportunity for community groups to learn what is happening in their area and in other community groups around the County.
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