Roscommon Public Participation Network Members Update 17th January 2022
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PPN Training Needs Analysis

What training needs does your community group have for 2023? 🤔

Roscommon PPN are currently conducting a training needs analysis for 2023. 📝

With your input, we can identify community training needs and provide relevant supports over the next 12 months. There are over 20 training topics listed and simply click on the link below to have your say today! 👇
Ministers Humphreys and Joe O’Brien announce €10 million Fund to support parish halls and community centres with energy bills
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien TD, have today announced a new €10 million fund to support thousands of local community & voluntary groups with their energy bills.
The Community Support Fund will provide small grants to a wide and diverse range of local community groups to assist with their running costs.
Funding will be available to support Parish Halls, Community Centres, Local Development Associations, Social Clubs, ICA Groups, Senior Citizen Groups, Men’s Sheds, Women’s Sheds and much more.
The new scheme has been devised to support groups with their energy costs who may not have been deemed eligible under previous Government schemes.
These include groups that operate from parish halls and who need support with running costs such as energy or insurance bills.
Groups can also use the funding to carry out small upgrade works and to purchase equipment to support their activities such as laptops and printers, lawnmowers, training equipment, etc.

Further details can be found here.
Offer A Home
Roscommon County Council  is appealing for offers of unoccupied properties to provide temporary homes for Ukrainian people and families.

The call is part of a new government initiative, led by local authorities. A tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available for properties used to house those arriving from Ukraine. This is an increased payment rate applying from December 1st 2022.

Under the new programme, Roscommon County Council will take offers of houses, apartments or holiday homes for temporary accommodation, liaise with owners to assess suitability, and arrange for their use by Ukrainian people and families.

Property owners can offer homes at  or by contacting the local authority in which the property is located.
Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2023
CLOSING SOON! The “Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2023” & “Historic Structures Fund 2023” are now open for applications. Scheme information and Application Forms are available on
The Built Heritage Investment Scheme seeks to leverage private capital for investment in labour-intensive, small-scale conservation projects and to support the employment of conservation professionals, craftspeople and tradespersons in the repair of the historic built environment. It includes a stream for works of routine maintenance and minor repairs and will include a stream for conservation repairs to historic thatched structures.
The Historic Structures Fund will focus on conservation and enhancement of historic structures and buildings for the broader benefit of communities and the public. It also includes a funding stream for Vernacular Structures & Historic Shopfronts
All applications shall be marked “Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2023” or “Historic Structures Fund 2023”, as appropriate, and submitted before 5.00p.m. on Friday 20th January 2023 either by post to: Heritage Office, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, Co Roscommon F42 VR98 or by email to
Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) 2023 – Now open for Applications!
This scheme provides for the funding of improvement works to non-public roads.

Applications must be made via My Online Services at:

The closing date for receipt of completed online applications is 5pm on Thursday 2nd February 2023.

All queries to
New LECP 2023 – 2028
A new Local Economic and Community Plan 2023 – 2028 is being developed this year by the Local Community Development Committee.  Consultations will take place with community groups throughout February, March and April and we hope groups will participate in shaping our community priorities going forward.  Further details will follow and invitations to various sessions will be circulated to all PPN members.


The Open Call element of the Community Water Development Fund 2023 is formally open.

Applications will be accepted via an online portal at until the closing date of 7th Feb 2023.
Download the Fund Guidelines here.

The Fund is administered by LAWPRO on behalf of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. There will be €500,000 available under the call.

The Fund has been in operation since 2018. Since that time, we have awarded €2m in grant aid to 629 grant recipients to fund all types of water related projects. Examples include: feasibility studies; surveys and plans; biodiversity signage; water conservation measures; invasive species control; riparian management and planting; training workshops; Citizen Science initiatives, etc.

The Fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment.

Community Festival and Events Grant Scheme 2023
Roscommon County Council Community Festival and Events Grant Scheme 2023 will open in the coming weeks for Applications.
The Festival and Events Programme is aimed at festivals and events that fit within one of the following categories:
  • Fund A - A Community Festival – held over a minimum of 3 consecutive days’ duration
  • Fund B - A Community Tourism Event – An event held on a day/evening including literary, historic, culture event, food & drink, family focused etc.
Application form and full Terms & Conditions will be available from
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