The LCDP aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through partnership and constructive engagement between Government and its agencies and people in disadvantaged communities. LCDP is a key tool of Government in providing employment supports, training, personal development/capacity building and other supports for the harder to reach in the most disadvantaged areas in society. It is a locally accessible, frontline intervention, supporting disadvantaged communities.

The LCDP is the outcome of the integration of the former Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP) and the Community Development Programme. Westmeath Community Development is the Local Development Company for Westmeath, and has been delivering the programme, and the previous programmers under this strand since the mid 1990’s. We have a countywide remit, and our work also encompasses the work previously carried out by Athlone Community Taskforce and Harmony CDP in Athlone.

The LCDP is underpinned by four goals:

  • To promote awareness, knowledge and uptake of a wide range of statutory, voluntary and community services;
  • To increase access to formal and informal educational, recreational and cultural development activities and resources;
  • To increase peoples’ work readiness and employment prospects; and
  • To promote engagement with policy, practice and decision making processes on matters affecting local communities.

The objectives of the LCDP include the following:

  • Develop and sustain a range of services to support, prepare and assist people to enter the Labour Market;
  • Develop and sustain strategies with local enterprises to increase local employment prospects;
  • Develop and sustain strategies to increase local self employment prospects

The LCDP is managed by POBAL on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

For further information on the LCDP please contact Frank Murtagh at 0906494555, or email

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme

Westmeath VEC have announced a Youth Grant scheme which supports voluntary youth club activities at a local level. 

This scheme is funded by the proceeds of the National Lottery, the Youth Affairs Unit (YAU), Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and administered locally by Vocational Education Committees (VECs).

For further information go to

or click on the link below

lycgs 2013 information.doc

lycgs application form 2013.doc



Westmeath Community Development -LCDP Life Long Learning Grants 2013

WCD are pleased to announce their grant scheme available for groups/ organisations wishing to undertake training/education projects, for young people aged 16-25 who have LEFT the formal education system.

 Eligible activities

  • Development of projects to identify and create education and training opportunities for young people who have left school at an early age. This may include Literacy and Numeracy supports.
  • Supports for “Transition to Working Life” type projects which should include links with Employers
  • Projects can include Tutor Costs, Equipment, Materials required for training and Travel costs for Employer visits.

Grant amount available €1,500- €4000 per project

Closing date: Friday 17th MAY @ 5pm

Projects should be focused on RAPID areas in Athlone/Mullingar or other designated disadvantaged rural areas.


Please read grant explanatory information sheet before completing application form: Details available from Linda-Jo Quinn/Arlene Kelly: / / or

or telephone 

090 64 94555

    life long learning grants- explanatory information 3.doc 

    lcdp grant application 2013.doc





Westmeath Community Development - LCDP Youth Grants 2013

WCD are pleased to announce their Youth grant scheme for 2013

Applications are invited from youth groups/organisations who are working with young people aged 10-18 in either Athlone/Mullingar RAPID areas or other designated rural disadvantaged areas in Westmeath.

Eligible activities that groups can apply for are:

· Development of facilities where young people can meet in informal relaxed settings. These could include Youth cafes and drop in centres.-Can include equipment and materials which must be NEW.

· Support for projects and initiatives which promote the participation and involvement of young people in the arts and other creative activities.

· Support for Comhairle Na Og as a mechanism for linking into the views, opinions and ideas of young people in Co Westmeath.

· Once off events will be considered, providing they are new initiatives and have a focus on reducing poverty and social exclusion.

Grant monies available are between €2,000- €5,000 per project:

Please read grant information sheet prior to completion of application form:

For more information please contact: Linda-Jo Quinn/Arlene Kelly

On 090 64 94555 (Athlone office) or email or


LCDP Grant Application 2013

Youth Grants 2013 - Explanatory Information




Disability Awareness Training

Westmeath Community Development Disability Working Group are organising another Disability Awareness and Proofing Training course in 2013. The aim of this course is to promote better inclusion for people with Disabilities in communities throughout Westmeath.

The dates for this Training are as follows:

  • Day 1 – Wednesday 24th April, 2013 – 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Day 2 – Wednesday 8th May, 2013 – 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Day 3 – Wednesday 12th June, 2013 – 9.30am to 1.00pm

Training will take place in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone.

    Please find attached a Booking Form for a place and course details. You must be available to attend ALL 3 dates. There will be telephone contact available between days 2 and 3 with the tutor.

    This course is been funded through the Local & Community Development Programme so there is NO cost associated with this training and it may increase your knowledge of funding opportunities and supports for people with Disabilities. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis and priority will be given to community groups operating in Rapid and other disadvantaged areas

    If you would like to avail of this 3 day training course, please fill in the attached booking form and email it to or for further information please contact Linda-Jo Quinn/Anthony Rafferty on (090) 64 94555.


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    Information session for Older Person’s groups

    IncreaseWestmeath County Council in conjunction with Westmeath Community Development are hosting an information session for Older Person’s groups on Tuesday the 26th February from 11.30am – 1.00pm in the Bloomfield House Hotel.

    We will have information stands from agencies displaying their services and wares available on the day with a number of guest speakers.

    The aims of the Forum meeting are three fold:

    1. To showcase older person’s services to you – invited agencies will be requested to display their services at this event.
    2. The second draft of the Age Friendly Strategy will be presented to you at this consultation meeting and we would really appreciate if you could attend to indicate to us if you feel your views have been taken on board.
    3. It is intended to elect a number of officers at the meeting who will form the Executive Older Persons Forum for Westmeath – a group that we can engage with on a frequent basis throughout the year.

    Light refreshments will be provided for participants and transport can be arranged dependent of the numbers who wish to avail of this.

    Please contact Ann Campbell in Westmeath Community Development, on 0449348571 or email, or Annemarie Nash in Westmeath County Council on 0449332217 or email should you require further information on the event.