Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton, is encouraging local groups to apply for a new grant scheme for community CCTV systems.
“This new scheme was launched by my colleague, An Tanaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, to assist community groups to establish community-based CCTV systems. Under the scheme, eligible community groups can apply for grant-aid of up to 60% of the total capital cost of a proposed CCTV system, up to a maximum grant of €40,000. Upon approval of the grant, the applicant will receive an up-front payment of 50% of the grant with the balance to be paid when the system becomes fully operational.
“Some of the key objectives of the new scheme are to enhance existing policing provision within the community, to prevent or reduce crime and anti-social activity and to increase community involvement in the provision of integrated responses to crime in local areas in association with appropriate agencies.
“I am delighted to see the Government following through on the commitments set out in the Programme for Government. Fine Gael is committed to continuing to strengthen and update Ireland’s laws to tackle new and emerging crime trends. This scheme builds on a previous Department of Justice & Equality for community-based CCTV and it is intended that the scheme will run for 3 years with funding of €1 million being made available each year.
“I would urge any community groups interested in developing a CCTV system to look into this scheme. Full details of the scheme and how to apply for funding are available on the website of the Department of Justice and Equality at: http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Community-Based-CCTV