Since 1998 Mullingar Credit Union has provided a fund to support community voluntary groups in their work in the local Community. Funds are approved on an annual basis by the Members voting at AGM. The purpose of the fund is to give recognition and financial support to voluntary organisations that make such a valuable contribution to the quality of life within the local community. Again this year the Credit Union supported a wide range of organisations in the local area working in a variety of sectors and projects such as community and social development, youth activities, the disability and active age sector and sporting organisations. The funding initiative is now in its 22nd year. This year the fund increased to €150,000 as the Credit Union expanded to take in Longford and Castlepollard and organisations in both areas received funding. A total of €1,675,000 has been provided to local voluntary organisations to date.
The onset of COVID 19 and the restrictions imposed to contain the epidemic delayed the work of the Committee in reviewing and assessing the applications received. However, the Committee has now completed their work and are delighted to be in a position to make financial awards to almost 250 individual organisations. This year the presentation evening was curtailed but the Committee felt it was important to hold a small event to recognise the work of so many people who have been working away throughout the crises, trying to keep their organisations going and providing support to the wider community.
Some of the 2020 recipients of funding