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Roscommon Public Participation Network

Members Update

Thursday 4th February 2021

Please find below updates on: events and training; funding opportunities; consultations and surveys; and information and other opportunities.

Please share this update with your members.

If your group would like to advertise an upcoming event or news piece, please send details to

I would particularly like to highlight the opportunity to apply for the second round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.


Events and Training


Online Information Sessions: ‘Plan Your Future – 2021’, hosted by Roscommon Older People’s Council, Roscommon Leader Partnership and Citizens Information, via Zoom


Date Topic Time
Tuesday 9th Feb Transferring the Family Farm 8.00pm
Tuesday 16th Feb Handling Another Person’s Affairs 8.00pm
Tuesday 2nd Mar Pensions and Work Options 8.00pm
Tuesday 16th Mar Fair Deal & Home Help Services 8.00pm
Tuesday 30th Mar Budgeting 8.00pm


Free of Charge, enrol for one or all session, limited places available. To enrol contact Roscommon Citizens Information Centre 0761 07 6380 or email


Event: Dementia Online Café, hosted by Roscommon Older People’s Council, Roscommon Leader Partnership and Citizens Information, via Zoom, at 2pm, Thursday 11th February

Music, singing and a chat, to register, please call CIC on 0761 07 6380 and ask for Bernie


Information session: the Social Enterprise Development Fund, 11am Friday 12th February Register here:


Training: Sustaining Resilience at Work Programme by Cycle Against Suicide, 16th and 17th February

For more information, please visit:


Conference: Irish National Integration Conference, organised by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Monday 15th to Thursday 18th February, via Zoom

To view the conference programme and register for events:


Event: Stories from the Boyle River, hosted by Roscommon Environmental Network, 7pm on Monday 22nd February

A public conversation – celebrating the rivers, lakes and streams of the Boyle River Basin

Free registration via email:




Funding Opportunities


COVID-19 Emergency Fund – Round 2, funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered through Roscommon LCDC and the Community and Enterprise section of Roscommon County Council.

The 2nd Round of COVID-19 Emergency Fund offers additional funding to not-for-profit community groups and communities in Co. Roscommon to help them deal with COVID-19.

The funding, under the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, is in recognition of the important role played by community and voluntary organisations across the country. It will enable groups to embrace the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ campaign which focusses on the themes of staying connected, switching off and being creative and minding your mood.

For more information, visit:


Roscommon County Council is seeking applications for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme & Historic Structures Fund for 2021.

Applications for both schemes has been extended to Friday 26th February. Details of the schemes and how to apply are available on:


2021 Wind Farm Community Funds (excluding Grousemount Wind Farm): closing date 5th March 2021. 

For more information:


The Social Enterprise Development Fund: closing date 5th March.

For more information:


Call for proposals for Agri-Food Tourism Initiatives under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund

Agri-food tourism broadly is the practice of offering an activity or activities in rural areas to visit areas of well-known agricultural produce and to sample and taste the local or regional cuisine or specialties. Agri-food tourism includes a wide variety of activities that involve the links between agriculture and the food produced at the local or regional level.

For more info: – Call for Proposals Agri-Food Tourism 2021 (


Consultations and Surveys


Consultation on Micro-generation Support Scheme (renewal energy) by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

The closing date for submissions is 5.30pm on Thursday 18 February:


Consultation on the Galway to Athlone Cycleway

Five potential route corridor options now available for viewing.

Open until 1st March, visit:


Consultation on reviewing the National Development Plan

Open until 5pm, 19th February, more info:


Information and Other Opportunities


Roscommon Volunteer Centre Opens in Roscommon Town

Roscommon’s first Volunteer Centre has opened its doors in Roscommon Town. Roscommon Volunteer Centre (RVC) provides a range of services that include volunteering information, consultation, training, Garda Vetting and advice and support in matching potential volunteers with volunteer-involving organisations. We aim to work with community groups and non-profit social enterprises in leveraging the power of volunteers to carry out charitable purposes for the benefit of the inhabitants of County Roscommon and its environs. By enabling volunteers to participate in community development projects, volunteers have the potential to build local value, increase their social capital, become active citizens engaging in civic affairs, and provide support to families, organisations, and their local community.

To get a sense of the immense work and change that volunteers have brought about during the COVID-19 pandemic you might be interested in reading ‘How Irish Communities Stepped up to the Mark: Stories of Irish Volunteering During COVID-19’. Volunteering activities, combined with other community initiatives, can have a very big impact.

Roscommon Volunteer Centre, a registered charity funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, aims to support the people of Roscommon in further enhancing its places and ways of living as flourishing, vibrant communities, with volunteering at its heart. Please contact Shannette Budhai ( or 089-219-9930) for more information about RVC and how to get involved!

Roscommon LEADER Partnership is currently renewing applications from community groups wishing to avail of assistance from the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) throughout County Roscommon.

If your community group is currently working with the RSS, notification will automatically be sent to you. If you are a community group wishing to apply for the first time, please contact  for an application form.

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