Rural Development

Clann Credo – Community Loan Finance

Clann Credo is Ireland’s leading provider of loans to community organisations, sports clubs, charities and social enterprises.  We lend to projects that generate positive social or environmental impact.

Since 1996, over 1,000 projects have benefited from over €125m investment.

We are a social enterprise and we because we’re part of the Community and Voluntary sector, we understand it.  We see the sector’s ability to repay loans where the banks may not, and we never look for personal guarantees.

We finance community ambition!

Community Finance (Ireland)

Formerly known as UCIT (Ireland) Ltd., Community Finance (Ireland) is a subsidiary of Ulster Community Investment Trust Ltd (UCIT). The group was established in 1995 in response to decreasing grant support from government and the difficulties experienced by community organisations in accessing commercial loan facilities.

Courthouse Arts Centre

Our aims are:

To develop Tinahely and the south Wicklow region by providing a programme of arts events that both satisfy and challenge local needs and tastes; through visual art exhibitions, touring professional theatre and local amateur theatre, musical concerts of all types, film showings, childen's and young people's drama classes, and other classes in the arts.

To make all of the above accessible to all segments of society.

Donegal Local Development Company Ltd.

Donegal Local Development Company Ltd (DLDC) was incorporated in 1995. It is a true Partnership in that the structures are firmly in keeping with the Partnership model as understood and practiced in Ireland. We are a local development company that exists to address the social, economic and cultural development needs of our catchment. We are working in Donegal towards a better future for all. Our strategy is underpinned by a sound community development approach, where the focus is on equality for all.

Fis na Muingi-Iorras

The aims of our project are to acquire the Muings Lace School (Barnatra, Ballina, Co. Mayo) from Udaras na Gaeltachta, to restore, adapt and extend the existing premises for the purpose of a small folk museum/heritage centre with a community facility.

We plan to

Irish Rural Link (IRL)

IRL is a non-profit organisation, which represents rural community groups and associations at a national and international level.

The network provides a structure through which rural groups, representing disadvantaged rural communities, can articulate their common needs and priorities, share their experiences and present their case to policy-makers at national and European Union level.

North Antrim Community Network

The North Antrim Community Network had its origins in the late 1980's with the work of the Rural Action Project. After reorganisation in 1990 and 1995, when sections of Moyle, Ballymena and Larne Council areas joined the Association, it is now a network organisation representing all nineteen development groups of a wider geographical area. This encompasses local communities of almost 10,000 people from Ballycarry to Broughshane to Bushmills and it is in the process of researching a change of name to reflect the now further reaching branches of the Association.


The Forge Family Resource Centre Pettigo Ltd

Mission Statement:
"To act as a catalyst and focus for the development of the Community of Pettigo & Tullyhommon and hinterland with a view to supporting social inclusion and promoting the educational, cultural & economic welfare of all citizens and encourage participation, personal development and inclusiveness throughout our programmes and activities."