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Clann Credo information Seminar Milltownpass, Co. Westmeath

The seminar, ‘Financing Community Growth-Loans, Grants and Fundraising’ was aimed at community and voluntary groups, charities, social enterprises and amateur sports clubs who could benefit from Clann Credo’s Community Loan Finance, especially those wishing to avail of the LEADER grants and any group hoping to transform their community.

Many community leaders have big dreams of what their organisation could do, but finance is often an obstacle. Clann Credo helps communities access Community Loan Finance because they believe that finance should not be one of the obstacles voluntary groups face. With Community Loan Finance Clann Credo helps organisations make their vision a reality.

Clann Credo offers affordable interest rates with long term repayment schedules and does not ask for personal guarantees. Two decades of expertise is at hand from Clann Credo’s regional Social Finance Executives. Clann Credo is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and has loaned total of €82 million to almost 800 projects, transforming lives and communities and helping to create and sustain thousands of jobs.

Roisin Mulligan of Clann Credo spoke about how Community Loan Finance can transform communities. “It is our aim to ensure that community groups who can benefit from Clann Credo Community Loan Finance hear about us,” she said, “These projects have a big impact on communities.”

Speakers at Wednesday’s event included:

Ø Roisin Mulligan Social Finance Officer for Clann Credo in the Midlands Region, who discussed Community Loan Finance and how it can assist communities applying for LEADER Grants that require Bridging loans and Matching Funding.

Ø Annette Barr-Jordan, Support Worker with Westmeath Public Participation Network (PPN) spoke about the role of the PPN and the range of supports available.

Ø Theresa Geoghegan, Community Development Worker with Westmeath Community Development presented on the Rural Development Programme (LEADER 2014-2020) and other grant programmes for communities.

Ø Justin McDermott, Fundraising Manager at Jigsaw, Galway shared some tips and fundraising strategies. 

Ø Members of Milltownpass Community Action Group talked about their experience of applying for Community Loan Finance to bridge LEADER grants and match grant funds in the development of Milltownpass Community Centre.

To see all of the PowerPoint Presentations from the evening click here 
You can download Justin McDermott's Fundraising Proposal form here

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