Feb 5, 2012

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Community Fund Offers Source of Matching Finance for Community Projects and more...

Community Fund Offers Source of Matching Finance for Community Projects

Cork County CouncilCork County Council has established a €1 million fund to support community projects and initiatives. Allocations from the fund will be made to Community groups, sporting organisations and local organisations who propose to undertake projects in their areas.  The funding can be used as part matching funding for community projects funded under the Rural Development Programme.

The closing date for applications is 29th February 2012.

Find out more and download the application for by following this link to the Cork County Council website
Cork County Council is committed to supporting local communities. Allocations from the Community Fund will be available as grant aid to community groups and
local organisations wishing to undertake development projects in their area.
Grants paid under the Community Fund will only be paid in respect of projects commenced and completed in 2012/2013.
Aim of the Scheme
The aim of this Scheme is to promote sustainable community development by
supporting community & voluntary groups and local organisations in County Cork to
undertake projects in their area.
Eligible Projects
The scheme will focus on supporting projects that fall under the following categories:
1. Youth/Aged 2. Health/Education 3. Development and support of sustainable community and voluntary effort 4. Match funding linked to third party funding lines
5. *Community Contracts 6. Other projects
* Community Contracts: Cork County Council may consider making a financial contribution to community groups carrying out works on behalf of the Local Authority in a voluntary capacity.
Closing Date
The closing date for receipt of applications for the Community Fund is up to 5p.m.Wednesday 29th February 2012.
Application Process
Completed community fund application forms should be returned by post to:
The Senior Executive Officer,
Corporate, Community & Emergency Services Department
Floor 14
County Hall
Tel. 021-4285355

WCDP Care & Maintenance of Local Heritage Course

Michael Collins bust at HomesteadThe hugely popular Care & Maintenance of Local Heritage course will be starting again soon, this time in Innishannon.


The course would be most suitable for individuals and groups who may either have ideas for projects to promote heritage or who are seeking to rejuvenate existing projects. The course would also have a broad appeal for individuals with an interest in local heritage.


This course will be on Tuesday nights from 7pm-10pm.


Tuesday, 14th February to Tuesday 24th April


The fee for this course is €50




There is an application form available to apply to participate in this course. Please return by Thursday, 9th February.

Aim of the Course:

-        To develop an understanding of the need for care and maintenance of local heritage in its widest context.

-        To provide practical information and training in relation to the care and maintenance of local heritage.

-        To encourage and integrated approach to the care of local heritage.

-        To promote best practice in the care of local heritage.

-        To enhance the capacity of local groups to work effectively as teams to undertake appropriate care of local heritage.


Module 1: Introduction to heritage

Heritage: an introduction; Sources for research; Understanding and protecting natural heritage; Introduction to Archaeology; Heritage Presentation & Interpretation; Commemoration through Public Art; Architectural and built heritage: An introduction; Legal framework for heritage protection.

Tuesday February 14th, 21st, 28th, March 6th & 13th

Saturday March 3rd (10am—4pm) Fieldtrip—Exploring local heritage

Module 2: Care & Maintenance of Heritage

Care and Maintenance of Archaeological and historic sites; Conserving built heritage—theory and practice; Recording Local Heritage; Place-name and local identity. Workshop 1—Review of project research

Tuesday March 20th, 27th

Saturday March 31st (10am—4pm) Field trip—Issues in heritage management

Module 3: Capacity Building

Workshop 2—Village & Area Enhancement; Making A Heritage Plan; Funding heritage Projects; Walking Routes & Trails; Course review & presentation of certificates.

Tuesday April 3rd, 17th & 24th

For further information on this course, please contact Lisa Cashman at 023 8834035 or lisac@wcdp.ie.


Digital Business Seminar February 2012 – Innishannon & Skibbereen

digital businessWe are pleased to announce two more Digital Business seminars this Spring.  The  1 day seminars will explore how digital marketing and online communications can give your businessa competitive edge in 2012. Having already held seminars in Clonakilty, Bantry and Macroom last December, this February the seminars will take place in  Innishannon & Skibbereen

The seminars takes place in -
Innishannon on Friday 24th of February, 2012 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Skibbereen on Monday 27th of February, 2012 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Digital Business: improve efficiency | increase profits

If  you are looking to increase productivity, reduce costs, improve online marketing and gain a competitive edge for your small business then this seminar is for you.

The internet, social media, communication and collaboration technologies are transforming the way companies do business. Digital tools and techniques are affordable, effective and can revolutionise your small business. Find out how in this unique 1 day seminar with online communications and marketing specialists Alfie Keary and Calvin Jones.

Morning Session: Digital Marketing

  • Get more from every marketing Euro
  • Understand your online customers
  • Improve your search engine rankings
  • Connect and engage with your customers using social media and e-mail marketing
  • Reach more people with the viral potential of online networks

Afternoon Session: Digital Communications

  • Control your time, travel & carbon costs
  • Extend your business reach
  • Deliver superior services
  • Make faster, smarter decisions and do business more efficiently and effectively
  • Connect with staff, clients and business partners in real time regardless of location

Attendance at a seminar costs €15 and includes lunch. Places at each seminar are on an application basis only. Closing date for applications is Monday, February 20th. Please contact David Tuohy in the West Cork Development Partnership on 023 8834035 or email david@wcdp.ie to receive an application form.


National Tree Week 4th – 10th March 2012

National Tree WeekNational Tree Week 4th – 10th March 2012: Can you help CEF to plant a 1000 Tree Legacy for Cork. Through one of our members we have been able to source 1000 Oak and Ash saplings which we would like to plant during tree week. We are looking for community projects that would be in a position to plant a substantial number of trees. Please get in touch if you have such a project in mind. We encourage all groups and communities to get involved in this National Tree Council initiative by planting trees, organising walks in local woods and visiting champion trees. We are in the process of organising some such events and will forward details shortly.

About National Tree Week 2012tree planting ceremony

National Tree Week is an annual, week-long festival celebrating all positive aspects of trees in our lives and environment.  It is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland.
National Tree Week takes place from 4-10 March 2012.  The theme is 'Trees – Our Past, Our Present, Our Future'.  During National Tree Week, as well as prompting people to plant more trees, we are asking people to celebrate our remarkable heritage of trees and woodlands and to recognise the significance of trees and forests as a living link to our past, as an enjoyable, life-enhancing asset in the present, and as a wise investment in our future.
National Tree Week is an opportune chance for Tree Council member organisations, local authorities, tidy towns and community groups, schools, families and many others all over Ireland to do something positive for their local landscape.  By setting up events for National Tree Week within your community or organisation, you can inspire people, young and old, to get out into the fresh air and together plant thousands of trees.  It is great fun too – even on a wet blustery day, the thrill of going out and getting your hands dirty, something many of us don't do often enough, is really rewarding and satisfying whether you are planting one tree or a hundred.
One of the main projects of National Tree Week 2012 is the distribution of over 15,000 trees, sponsored by Coillte, and distributed by local authorities throughout the country to local community groups and schools for planting during and around National Tree Week.  If your school or community group would like to receive some of these trees for planting during National Tree Week, contact your local County or City Council.

How To Get Involvedcouple in costume

To be part of National Tree Week, the Tree Council of Ireland invites you to organise one or more events for the week to celebrate trees. As well as tree planting ceremonies, the range of events can include forest and woodland walks, nature trails, workshops, woodturning displays, talks, tree hugging, tree climbing, broadcasts, launches, poetry readings, exhibitions, dramas, competitions and tree plantathons where communities are challenged to plant a target number of trees on a designated local site over a fixed time period. Don't forget to register your event, so that other people can come and join you! Visit the Tree Council of Ireland Website for the Cork Environmental Forum more details or Register your event here.



WCDP Public Information Meetings 2012

WCDP Public Meeting Ballinacarriga

January 2012 – WCDP Public Information Meetings

With over 250 people turning out across 4 locations, the January WCDP Public Information Meetings really showed the appetite amongst the West Cork public to get on and do things.Whether it was community groups with new project proposals or people considering developing or expanding a business it was heartening to see that the mood was very much positive and optimistic.

The workshops were an opportunity to learn more about the work of the WCDP – particularly the work being done under the Rural Development Programe.
Under the Rural Development Programme the West Cork Development Partnership have funded numerous community and private projects throughout West Cork over the last number of years – in showcasing some of these projects we hope to inspire the confidence in others to take on their project ideas in 2012.

For information about WCDP and on projects funded to date please visit www.wcdp.ie/rdp-project-allocations

If you would like to speak with one of our staff about a project of your own please contact us on 0238834035 or email info@wcdp.ie


Think Tank Day for Cork on Sustainable Development in Ireland

Cork Chamber of Commerce, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, & Cork Environmental Forum Along with Local Development Companies
Think Tank Day for Cork on A Framework for Sustainable Development in Ireland

Date: Thursday 9th February 2012
Venue: County Hall, Floor 16, Carrigrohane Road, Cork

The draft national strategy for sustainable development is open for public consultation until 29th February 2012. This provides an opportunity for all pillars of society to come together to explore, discuss and inform on challenges, conflicts and solutions and review the national document on sustainable development.

Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We plan to create an opportunity for an open and frank discussion whilst collecting and respecting diverse opinions. The aim of the day is to create a declaration that can be used in whole or in part by the various organisations represented on the day to prepare for submissions to the Department.

"Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare." Japanese proverb

This is currently in draft format and is therefore subject to change
* Confirmed Speaker
Social Media Used will include LinkedIn
Twitter: shirleyatsyspro

9.00-9.20 Registration with T/C
9.20-9.25 Opening Address by Dr Shirley Gallagher*
9.25-9.45 Welcome from County/City Manager/VEC/Mayors
9.45-10.15 Introduction to Sustainable Development by Michael Ewing,* Chairman of Environment Pillar

10.15-11.45 World Café Style Discussions on Challenges 1-4
1 Sustainability of Public Finances & Economic Resilience. Gerry Meagher
2 Sustainable Consumption & Production. Enda Kiernan *
3 Conservation & Management of Natural Resources. Bill Liao
4 Climate Change & Clean Energy. John Mullins

11.25-11.45 Summary by each Facilitator

11.45-13.15 World Café Style Discussions on Challenges 5-8
5 Sustainable Agriculture. Virginia Stearns *
6 Sustainable Transport. Conaill Mac Aonghusa*
7 Social Inclusion, Sustainable communities' & Spatial Planning. Andrew Hind *
8 Public Health. TBC

12.55-13.15 Summary by each Facilitator
13.15-13.45 Lunch

13.45-15.15 World Café Style Discussions on Challenges
9 Education, Communication & Behaviour Change. Thomas Reidmuller*
10 Innovation, Research & Development. TBC
11 Skills & Training.  Ted Owens
12 Global Poverty & Sustainable Development. Jose Ospina*

14.55-15.15 Summary by each Facilitator
15.15-15.40 T/C
15.40-16.45 Creation of Declaration of Opinion


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