South Dublin County Council has announced that applications for the Community Endeavour Awards 2017 will open on Monday, September 25th.
The awards scheme gives community organisations that have a positive impact locally an opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for their efforts.
The awards, which will be presented at a special ceremony at Moran’s Red Cow Hotel on November 25th, will seeing winning groups in 10 categories walk away with €1,000 each. There will also be an Overall Community Endeavour Award with a prize of €3,000 and a Special Recognition Award.
A spokesperson for South Dublin County Council said: “The council is particularly conscious of the efforts of the many individuals and community organisations that work together on an ongoing basis to deliver and implement improvements in a sustainable and inclusive way in servicing the needs of their local communities.
“The independent judging panel will assess entries and decide on awards based on community effort, participation, achievement and value to their community.”
Awards will be made under the following 10 headings; A. Civic Pride and Community Endeavour, B. Community Facility of the Year, C. Sport and Recreation, D. Social Inclusion Award, E. Active Age Award, F. Gradam Cultúr agus Oidhreacht na hÉireann, G. Community/School Garden or allotment, H. Community Sustainability Initiative, I. Corporate Endeavour, J. Volunteer of the Year.
Applications are open from Monday and community organisations whose activities have made a significant difference in their locality are invited to apply. Headings A to H above are self-nominated categories and groups must apply on their own behalf.
Community organisations are also invited to nominate businesses and local volunteers who contribute and enhance community activity within South Dublin County under headings I and J.
The closing date for applications is Friday, October 13th and groups must registered with the Public Participation Network (PPN). Applications can be made online at www.sdcc.ie or by downloading a form from www.sdcc.ie.