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Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme 01.03.24

Donegal County Council confirms the release of the next phase of the online portal for the Enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme, with effect from Thursday 29th February 2024.

The Payment Module is available for all applicants who have received a remediation option and grant amount under the provisions of the Enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme. This further development enables all approved applicants to submit their payment claims to Donegal County Council, in respect of remediation works, through their online portal facility.

The Council’s DCB Grant Office continue to monitor and update applications, which are reflected on the applicants’ online portals, providing information on the approved grant amounts under the Enhanced Grant Scheme, together with all payments already issued to date in respect of professional fees / remediation works and emergency ancillary grants. This process will take a number of days and once completed, the applicants’ online portal will update accordingly. Therefore, in the interim, the Council respectfully asks applicants to defer from contacting the DCB Grant Office until this exercise is fully completed.

The Council’s website www.donegalcoco.ie will also be further updated to provide additional information for applicants on the submission of payment claims in respect of remediation works and in respect of the ancillary grant.


Do you own a vacant or derelict property? 22.02.24

Donegal County Council is holding an event in Moville Resource Centre on Thursday, 7th March, from 11am - 2pm to provide information on the supports available to refurbish vacant and derelict properties.

Come along and find out further information about the following supports:
(no appointments are needed)

• Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant Scheme
Grants up to €84,000 available to refurbish vacant and derelict properties that have been vacant for two years or more and will be the owner’s principle private residence or made available to rent.

• Repair and Lease Scheme
Financial support of €80,000 per unit available to bring vacant properties back into use to lease to Donegal County Council for social housing in areas where there is a need.

• Conservation Advice Grant Scheme – Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest can be made to help fund the cost of having a conservation expert provide advice to refurbish vacant traditional farmhouses that are availing of the Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant Scheme.

For more info please contact the Vacant Homes Unit at Donegal County Council by email: vacanthomes@donegalcoco.ie or call 074 91 53900.


Water outage in Buncrana 15.02.24

Uisce Éireann are progressing works in Buncrana to upgrade the wastewater infrastructure. As part of the these works, a planned water main diversion is needed today, Thursday 15th February, to allow for new sewer construction on Cockhill Road.

It will be necessary for the water supply to be switched off for a period of time until the connection works are completed. To minimise disruption to homes and businesses, the outage will commence today from 6pm until approximately 12 midnight.

It is planned that supply will begin to return after this time. However, due to the size of the pipes and network, it could take a number of hours for normal supply to return to all premises.

The outage will impact the following areas: Cockhill Road, Tullyarvan, Ballymacarry, Ardarava, Cleenagh, Upper / Lower Ballymagan, Clonblosk and surrounding areas.


Lay Witness Weekend 09.02.24

Inishowen Methodist Churches, in conjunction with St Columb’s Church Of Ireland, The Inishowen Four Presbyterian Churches, and St Pius X Catholic Church, Moville, are hosting a lay witness weekend.

The Lay Witness Mission began in the 1950s when Rev. Ben Johnson found that laypeople had a different type of dialogue with other laypeople than they did with members of the clergy. They were more willing to ask pointed questions, or talk about issues they faced in their own lives in a different way.

From February 16th to February 18th, Inishowen Churches Together are hosting a Lay Witness Weekend. This is a inter-denominational event, and all are welcome.

The weekend will be filled with events, from witness meetings, to meals and coffee mornings. There will be a Men’s Breakfast in the Methodist Hall Moville on Saturday 17th February. Meals should be booked by contacting Karen on 00447547572144. Also on Saturday 17th, there will be coffee morning events throughout Inishowen.


Local Enhancement Programme 2024

Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) have announced that they are now accepting applications for grant funding under the Local Enhancement Programme 2024. With a national fund of €6m, the programme will provide capital supports essential for many small community groups and organisations, particularly those who serve disadvantaged areas in rural and urban areas.

For further details on the Local Enhancement Programme, please visit Donegalcoco.ie

The closing date for receipt of applications is 3:30pm on Monday 26th February 2024.


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