Please read carefully before completing the Grant Application Form. In order to avail of an Estate Management Grant, the following conditions must be adhered to:
- Completed Applications have to be submitted by 1st April, 2016. A Residents Association must be in place, with at least three members.
- A bank account must be open in the name of the residents association with two residents acting as co-treasurers. If your Residents Association currently has a Credit Union or Post Office Account it must be changed to Bank A/C before Grant Application form is submitted.
- A completed application form must be submitted and signed by the Chairperson of the Residents Association.
- Grants may be provided for the following purposes:-
– Amenity works including landscaping, provision of trees, shrubs and flowers.
– Purchase of equipment to maintain amenity areas
– Purchase of amenity structures eg. Seating
– Organising play days for children of Estate
– Organising Social outings to develop a sense of community between the residents
- Applications must include quotations when seeking grant approval and invoices/receipts when claiming grants.
- Applicants must indicate their contribution to the costs of proposed projects. A copy of their bank A/C’s statements must be included with application.
- In order for grants to be paid a detailed copy of Accounts (Income/Expenditure/Receipts) has to be submitted with Grant Application Form.
- It will be a condition of acceptance of the grant that on completion of the project, evidence of the works carried out will be supplied, e.g. before and after pictures, receipts for all purchases.
- Amenity works to be carried out in an environmentally friendly manner.Projects carried out must comply with Local Authority Guidelines.
- When equipment is being purchased, suitable storage must be available and a resident must accept responsibility for it.
- Due to budget constraints the Estate Management Grants may be cut back considerably. Each Grant Application will be looked at on its own merits. On receipt of the Grant Application the volume of Social Housing in the estate will be a deciding factor in order to process the application.
- Where work is carried out on a regular basis, e.g. grass cutting, a record of when work is done and payment made must be kept.
- The Housing Department of Laois County Council reserves the right to determine the amount if any, of any grant payable.
- All grants to Residents Associations are solely for the purpose stated on grant application form.