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March Newsletter 2017



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board-2016The AGM for Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP) was held last Monday with 8 new members elected as Directors to the Board. The recent election process sees six new community representatives on to the Board to represent their local communities and an additional two statutory representatives have also been nominated. Dermot McLaughlin Chairperson of the Board welcomed the incoming members saying “I look forward to working with our new Directors and I would also like to thank

The six successful community candidates going forward to the AGM as a result of the recent community elections held on November 25th were Helen Nolan and John Henry McLaughlin from North Inishowen, Joan Hamilton and Fionán Bradley from South/West Inishowen and Raymond Doherty and Aideen Tighe from East Inishowen. Chairperson, Dermot  as well as welcoming the new community representatives also extended a warm welcome to  the new statutory nominees Kevin Cooley representing Donegal ETB and Tommy Doherty representing Teagasc.  Outgoing Directors Charlie Cavanagh, Mura McLaughlin, Raymond Doherty, Kevin Callaghan, Anthony Doogan, Susan McGonagle and Art McGrath were commended for their commitment and support of the work of IDP as they retired from the Board following their years of service and directorship.all eighteen (18) candidates from across the Peninsula who allowed their names toryamond-dermott go forward on the ballot papers”.  “The diversity of voice around the Board table is essential to ensure that we can be aware of all the needs emerging within our community. We know that without the voluntary input from across the Community and Voluntary Sector, many of the supports and services would not have survived in Inishowen.  It is vital that the contribution of the sector has a meaningful voice in our community”.

art-dermottDermot also commended the professional independent support received from Donegal County Council staff and in particular Aideen Doherty, Seamus Canning and Eunan Doherty who facilitated the election process and who were very mindful of the process and the accountability required for community groups to know that their say counts .
The unique arrangement that is the Board of our Local Development Company with its combination of Statutory Agencies, Social Partners, Elected Representatives and Community and Voluntary Sector is something which we can use to ensure that the issues and opportunities within Inishowen are brought to the fore” concluded Dermot.

Basic Digital Media Skills Programme – Learn to use online Tools and Applications


IDP Leader Funding is now Open

Targeted Call for LEADER Funding – Basic Services targeted at hard to reach communities

The LEADER Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 for Inishowen, Co. Donegal is now open and we are announcing details of the targeted call for basic Services projects under the Social Inclusion Theme.

The following Basic Services actions are currently open for submission of your expression of interest form for LEADER funding with a closure date of 17th February 2017. Total Budget €538,304.73.


Target Call – Basic Services targeted at hard to reach communities Budget Grant Ceiling
To build sustainable rural, coastal and island communities by focusing on local comparative advantage and nurturing existing expertise, skills and assets. 89,717.46 30,000
To build more inclusive communities through the provision of a number of capacity, animation and training programmes that are based in local needs and complement existing programmes 17,943.49 10,000
To develop community space and infrastructure within the region that will ensure better access for all services for hard to reach communities 269,152.35 150,000
To foster local communities participation in the digital society by supporting projects and initiatives that facilitate the growth of sustainable and inclusive communities through the use of ICT and digital technologies 8,971.75 7,000
To support activities that enhance the use of Irish as a living language through which communities can engage in social, cultural and economic activities 8,971.75 7,000
To support the establishment, growth and development of social enterprises 17,943.46 10,000
To support environmentally sustainable initiatives that promote energy conservation and energy independence and do not impact negatively on the needs of future generations. 125,604.44 40,000

Targeted calls must account for 40% of the projects approved (in monetary terms) per year from the

rollout of the  LEADER Programme.  The purpose of the targeted calls for EOIs is to ensure that LEADER funding is targeted where it delivers the most value, is awarded based on a comparative assessment, secures equal opportunities for all potential applicants and ensures funding is available for the duration of the programme.

If you are interested in fostering and developing community participation projects in Inishowen you are now invited to submit an Expression of Interest Form.

Further information about IDP LEADER and this time limited call is available from Inishowen Development Partnership.  If you have any queries, contact IDP Office Carndonagh on 074 9373083.


Tenders sought for Review and Case Study Analysis of the Change Makers Project



Community Food Initiative – a number of courses taking place

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Social Inclusion Transport Small Grants Scheme


Inishowen Development Partnership

Social Inclusion Transport Small Grants Scheme


IDP has been successful in sourcing a small fund from SITT, Donegal’s Transport Co-Ordination Unit through the National Transport Authority Social Inclusion Fund. This funding will be used to support projects focussed on integration of services for communities experiencing disadvantage & communities of interest in the Inishowen Peninsula.

Who can apply?

  • Groups and organisations who work in line with the aims of IDPs Social Inclusion Programme specifically focusing on the work within Goal 1 and Goal 2 and who with a small amount of funding would like to undertake a piece of work to promote social inclusion and social justice in the Peninsula.

Application Criteria:

  • Applications should be for projects that have a focus on health & well-being, youth development, community collaboration and development and should take cognisance of social determinants of health and community development principles.
  • The applicant organisation or group must be committed to promoting the nine grounds of equality and socio-economic equality.
  • Projects must identify the most appropriate SICAP outcomes for their project. See appendix A
  • Projects must be completed by November 30th, 2016
  • Only SITT approved registered providers of transport are eligible for payment. See appendix B
  • 25% of costs must be provided by the applicant group. Maximum grant available €500.
  • A passenger log has to be completed for every trip taken. Supporting documents will be provided once grant is approved

Application can be made by completing the IDP Small Grants for Transport 2016 application form which can be found here: Small Grant Application Form Rural Transport  and either posting it to: IDP, St Marys Rd., Buncrana, Inishowen, Co. Donegal or email to

Trips must be completed by November 30, 2016.

If application is successful applicants will need to submit:

  • Agreement that IDP may use their work to promote IDP
  • Bank account, Tax reference & Tax clearance details.
  • Income and expenditure report.
  • Complete a short report form on completion of project.



Do you want to ensure your community group’s needs are heard? Are you interested in promoting the local community voluntary work in the Peninsula? Do you feel you understand what your community group needs and feel that you could work together with others to achieve this?  Then register your interest and find out more about the election of Community Representatives to the Board of Inishowen Development Partnership.

Inishowen Development Partnership has a Board of up to 24 people from across the sectors and at this time they are seeking 6 community representatives through elections. The Board, Management and Staff of Inishowen Development Partnership aim to promote the social, cultural and economic development of the Inishowen Peninsula.

“We are looking for people who can represent not only the issues in their respective local communities but who are also willing and have the capacity to work in close collaboration with others to achieve common aims and objectives which will benefit the Inishowen Peninsula as a whole” said Andrew Ward, Joint CEO.    “It is crucial for continued progress that community interests are effectively represented on our Board.  The dynamic contributions from the diverse community sector in Inishowen are fundamental in achieving social, economic and cultural development within the Peninsula” added IDP Joint CEO, Shauna McClenaghan.

To ensure that all areas are properly represented, Inishowen has been divided into three areas based on population – North (N), South &West(S) and East (E) (see map).   Each area will elect two representatives, one male and one female to ensure gender balance with each registered group being entitled to TWO votes.  Nominations open from Thursday 20th October until 1.00 p.m. on Thursday November 10th .  To ensure that your organisation is registered to vote and gets the opportunity to nominate a representative, please contact the Buncrana IDP Office at  074 9362218 for the forms or they can be downloaded from our Website

The provisional date for elections is Thursday 24th November  in the Carndonagh Public Service Centre from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m  and will be conducted with the assistance of Donegal County Council on.   In order to exercise your Community Group’s vote on the night your group must be registered in advance.

Here you can download the Guidelines, Registration & Nomination Form