Spending to date Over €131,000 paid out in Grants to-date

No one knows the needs of the future. The Board of the County Monaghan Fund is no different from others in this regard. However, it does know that if resources are strategically targeted at the root cause of a problem that this makes more sense and saves money in the long term. Hence the The County Monaghan Fund at the Community Foundation for Ireland has funded or otherwise supported the following projects:

Charitable Projects
Defibrillator Training for Trainers project.Defibrillators save lives and many communities throughout county Monaghan have invested in both equipment and training in its use. Those who use the equipment need regular re-training to keep their skills updated. This re-training places a huge burden on their financial resources.

The Defibrillator Training for Trainers projectensures that selected members within local communities have the necessary skills to train their peers in the use of defibrillator equipment at no cost. In the long term, this is a huge saving for the local community.

All those who participate in this training are also qualified to teach life saving first aid as well. Since this programme began x people have been trained throughout the county.

Other charitable projects to have received support from the County Monaghan Fund at The Community Foundation for Ireland include:
“A Club” Ardaghey
Active Parents Castleblayney
Ballinode Hall Committee
Ceara Women’s Group Lough Egish
Clones Community Forum
Clones Daycare for the elderly
Co Monaghan Special Needs
County Monaghan Alzheimers Committee (Alzheimer Society of Ireland Monaghan Branch)
Croi Community Development
Errigal Truagh Special Needs Group
Latton Social Services
St Vincent de Paul Kilmore & Drumsnatt Conference

Community Projects
The level of enterprise activity amongst local communities has always been a feature of life in Co Monaghan. Our traditional industries such as furniture, poultry and mushrooms have all been based on innovation and creativity in the face of difficult trading conditions.

The County Monaghan Fund encourages this tradition of innovation and creativity amongst the next generation through the County Enterprise Boards ‘Student Enterprise Programme’. The programme teaches young people the skills they need to be the business leaders of tomorrow.
The Co Monaghan Fund supports the programme in 3 ways:

It teaches innovative and creative thinking as part of the programme. Since 2007 just under 1,000 transition year and leaving cert applied students have received classes in creativity and innovative thinking.

It sources members of the business community to go into the schools and share their business knowledge with the students

Colaiste Oiriall winners of Trophy 2010

Colaiste Oiriall winners of Trophy 2010

It presents a County Monaghan Fund perpetual trophy for the most innovative product idea at the annual Student Enterprise Awards competition.

The real value of this project will only be realised in years to come when the current generation of young people have moved beyond education and into the workforce.

Other community projects to have received support from the County Monaghan Fund at The Community Foundation for Ireland include:

2nd Monaghan Scout Group
3rd Monaghan Scout Group
Ballybay Wetlands
Carrickroe Community Centre
Castleblayney Arts & Community Development Company LTD

Educational Projects
Access to a full education can have a huge impact on a persons’ life. But not everyone can afford to continue their education to 3rd level. So the County Monaghan Fund supports the DCU Access to Education Programme.

This project gives disadvantaged students from county Monaghan an opportunity to achieve a 3rd level education. It also encourages them to put their learning to use for the benefit of Co Monaghan. 3 students are currently being supported by the Fund to complete their 3rd level studies.

Other educational projects to have received support from the County Monaghan Fund at The Community Foundation for Ireland include:

Reading Recovery Project
Ballybay Cailini
Ballybay Community Creche
Carrickasedge Social Centre
Irish Sex Education Network (Intellectual Disabilities)
Knockatallon Development Committee
Monaghan County Childcare Committee