The council is recommending that the money be spent on projects such as
funding for development of town partnership initiatives, funding for existing community organisations, festivals, arts programmes and support for incentivised painting projects along with reduction and removal of derelict buildings.
Area engineers, architects and municipal district officers will be directly involved in the dispersal process.
Funding allocation will be diversified into non-principal towns in future years and 20% of the grant will be retained in the initial year in lieu of unanticipated initiatives.
The municipal district authorities are expected to compile a monthly report on funded initiatives, with a flexible approach to amendments.
The allocation from a new town development fund is expected to reduce duplication and bring about a unified approach among various groups within a municipal district.
Municipal district officer for east Cork Joe McCarthy says it is “particularly important and also beneficial that it is town-focused.”
The districts and allocations for 2015 are:
- Ballincollig-Carrigaline €141,000 yearly;
- West Cork €135,000;
- Cobh €135,000;
- Kanturk-Mallow €131,000;
- Fermoy €125,000;
- East Cork €120,000;
- Bandon-Kinsale €113,000;
- Blarney-Macroom €100,000.