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"Big Hello" National Community Weekend 4th-6th May 2019



The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring, TD, announced the launch of a National Community Event, to be held for the first time over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 2019. Local communities are asked to come up with ideas for events in their areas. 


The event is a celebration of the great spirit of community that exists across the country and an effort to help people who share communities to come together, get to know each other and deepen the sense of community in their area.


Events will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (4-6 May) 2019.


The success of this initiative lies in having local communities coming together to plan events that will work best for their area. This celebrations belongs to everyone. We don’t want to tell communities what they should do, events will be very much driven by communities. These could include themes around sport, history, baking, anything that will help neighbours to come together. It could be as simple as neighbours coming together for a cup of tea and a chat.


The event is a chance for people to foster a sense of helping each other by coming together, not just on that day, but all year round. It’s the chance for everyone to get know all members of their community, to reconnect with neighbours and have a celebration together that is open, inclusive and local.


Donegal LCDC has been allocated €10,000 to award as small grants of about €100-€300 per event to successful groups.


Who can apply:-


Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups, organisations and residents’ committees within County Donegal.


Who can’t apply:-

Individuals, commercial organisations and for-profit organisations.

National organisations.

Community organisations based outside County Donegal


How to apply:-


Your group must submit a completed National Community Weekend Application Form to Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).


Closing date:-


Applications must be received by 5.00 pm on Monday, 8th April 2019


Application forms and Guidelines are available below


National Community Weekend Application Form


National Community Weekend Application Guidelines


National Community Weekend - Application Form - Irish


National Community Weekend - Application Guidelines - Irish


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