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Over €151,000 in Covid Stability Funding has been announced for four groups in Limerick

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Covid Stability Funding Limerick – Pictured above with Mayor Daniel Butler are founders of Cliona’s Foundation, Terry and Brendan Ring, who received €100,000 in Covid Stability Funding. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.

Over €151,000 in Covid Stability Funding has been announced for four groups in Limerick

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald

covid stability funding limerick The Knocklong Development Association received €6,560 in Covid Stability Funding

The Knocklong Development Association received €6,560 in Covid Stability Funding

Over €151,000 in Covid Stability Funding has been announced for four community and voluntary groups and social enterprises in Limerick.

The Covid Stability Funding will give €151,792 in total, with Cliona’s Foundation receiving €100,00.

Autism Supporting Diversity, which is based in Limerick City, is set to get €22,730, Askeaton-Ballysteen Community Council will receive €22,502, and €6,560 will go to Knocklong Development Association.

Kieran O’Donnell, Fine Gael TD for Limerick, said, “I am delighted to see this further Covid-19 Stability Funding of €151,792 being allocated to four organisations in Limerick, who provide such valuable care and service to the people in their communities, particularly during the Covid pandemic.

“This funding will greatly help these community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises to continue to contribute and provide their services as we recover from Covid.

“I commend both organisations ASD Ireland and Cliona’s Foundation based in Limerick for the incredible work they do for families and their communities here.”

Cliona’s Foundation

Cliona’s Foundation is a charity that provides financial assistance to families with children who have life-limiting conditions. This financial assistance goes towards rent, utility bills, transportation for therapies, etc., and they are the only charity in Ireland to offer financial support solely for non-medical costs.

Cliona’s was set up by Brendan and Terry Ring after the death of their daughter, Cliona. Cliona had an inoperable brain tumour and passed away in 2006 at 16 years old. They decided to take action and set up Cliona’s Foundation so that they could help families with children who have life-limiting conditions.

ASD Ireland

ASD Ireland is a registered charity and a not-for-profit organization that provides socially inclusive activities for people with autism and their families. Their head office is in Limerick, and they provide activities to people from all over Ireland 

The group is founded by two parents, Keith Enright and Caroline Hogan, who both have teenagers with autism spectrum disorder. It was developed due to the lack of socially inclusive activities available for their children. It began with the development of Limerick Autism Group and progressed to providing a number of inclusive activities nationwide.

Askeaton-Ballysteen Community Council

Askeaton Community Council is a group of elected members from the Askeaton Ballysteen Area registered with Muintir na Tire. The Council instigates and coordinates projects on behalf of and for the benefit of the community.

The Council also interacts with outside bodies, such as government agencies, and will seek advice and financial assistance on such projects.

Knocklong Development Association

The Knocklong Development Association was formed in 1970 with the purpose of creating jobs and getting life back to the village. The Association have worked on many projects, such as the restoration of their community centre after asbestos was found in the ceiling. This was done with the help of Ballyhoura Development.

They promote, encourage, and assist in the environmental and cultural development of the residents of Knocklong through the provision of facilities for the youth and elderly in the area.

Covid Stability Fund

The Covid-19 Stability Fund was established in May 2020 to provide immediate, short-term cash flow to support community and voluntary organisations, charities, and social enterprises that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic who provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society.  The funding is being provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered through Pobal.

The primary aim of the Stability Fund is to help organisations that are suffering financially due to a reduction in their fundraising or traded income so that they can continue to deliver eligible critical services to vulnerable people in their community.

For more information about the Covid Stability Fund go HERE 

For more stories about charities go HERE 

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