Fifty local sports groups will receive a total of €13,000 in funding to help older people get more active in our communities, Minister Joe McHugh has announced.
Groups benefitting in Donegal this year are spread right across the county and include a wide variety of activities and sports.
Minister McHugh said: “The aim of the grants is to improve the health and wellbeing of older people across Donegal by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport.
“I am delighted so many local groups will benefit from this tranche of funding from swim clubs in Milford to activity groups in towns like Dunfanaghy and Castlefinn. Groups receiving funding across the country include activities ranging from tennis to rowing, Tai Chi to salsa dancing and yoga to archery.
“The National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people for many years to get more active more often and the record number of applications this year shows the continued importance of the scheme for groups throughout the country.
“Programmes like Go for Life, funded by Sport Ireland, will help us reach the targets set out in the National Physical Activity Plan and approximately 30,000 people nationwide will take part in the activities funded by the grants.
“I am delighted we have such a great selection of activities here in Donegal which incorporate excellent social opportunities with getting active.
“The success of this scheme shows what can be achieved with a small investment and the importance of funding sport and physical activity, at any age.”
The Grant Scheme is part of Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme, funded by Sport Ireland and delivered nationally with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE.
See full list of organisations below:
Ardara Sheltered Housing Association CLG
Arthritis Ireland, Donegal Branch
Ballybofey and Stranorlar Women’s Group
Ballyshannon & District ARA
Carndonagh Ladies Club
Carrick Day Centre For the Elderly (Mental Health Association)
Castlefin 50 - 60+ Group
Clonmany Mental Health Association
Clonmany Youth and Community Resource Centre
Club 50 Ghaoth Dobhair
Coiste Forbartha Dhobhair Teo
Comhlacht Forbartha An Tearmainn
Coole Cranford Community Centre
Cranford Womens Group
Cumann Cairdeas Chloich Cheann Fhaola
Donegal Sports Partnership
Dunfanaghy Active Age Group
Dunkineely Active Age Group ARA
Foresters Active Age Group
Greencastle Community Dev. Co. Ltd.
Illies Golden Gloves Boxing Club
Inch Island Indoor Bowling
Irish Wheelchair Association, Manorcunningham
Kinlough ICA Guild
Kurling Club Raphoe ARA
Manorcunningham Women's Group
Mevagh Family Resource Centre FRC
Milford Swimming Club
Mná Phort Mhaise
Moville Men's Shed
Nazareth House Nursing Home, Donegal
Pettigo and Tullyhommon Women’s Group
Pettigo Day Centre
Ramelton Indoor Bowling Club
Rosbeg and Downstrands Care of the Aged Committee
Sliabh Sneacht Community and Heritage Centre
South West Donegal Communities Partnership Ltd
Spraoi Agus Sport Family Centre Ltd
St. Marys Bowling Club
The Forge Family Resource Centre FRC
The Friday Club Lifford ARA
Tir Chonaill U3A Errigal Branch
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