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Shell Local Grants Programme 2016

The Shell Local Grants Programme is open for applications. Grants of up to €5,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations in the Erris area. Click here to download a copy of the application form and view the criteria.

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 August 2016. Completed forms should be returned to Elaine Phillips, Shell E & P Ireland, 4 Údarás na Gaeltachta, Belmullet, Co Mayo

The key principle underlying the establishment of the CI Programmes is the provision of appropriate support to contribute to the long-term development of the Erris region whilst enabling the community itself to identify and address its own needs and priorities, and ensuring that Shell in no way replaces the role of the Government or any other State agency, particularly in terms of statutory funding for roads/schools/health etc.

The overall objectives of our programmes are:

  • To contribute to the long-term economic, social, environmental and cultural development of Kilcommon and the wider Erris region;
  • To contribute to capacity-building in Kilcommon and the wider Erris region by providing both financial and non-financial assistance which will benefit the local community.

The Community Investment initiatives currently supported by the Corrib Gas Partners and contractors are:

Our Community Investment Programmes:

Local Grants Programme

Third Level Scholarship Programme

Irish Language Scholarships Programme

Corrib Natural Gas Erris Development Fund -  (Marine Initiatives)

Business in the Community – Skills at Work Programme

Community Gain Investment Fund

Local Grants Programme – Local, Sustainable and Inclusive

This programme is designed to provide small-scale financial support (including seed corn development funding) to local voluntary and community groups which are working to contribute to the economic, cultural, social and environmental development of the Erris region.

Awards of between €500 and €5,000 are available each year via a competitive process, to those organisations or projects which most closely meet Shell’s three key criteria of being local to Erris, sustainable, and inclusive.

The programme opens to applications on April 1 each year and closes to applications on May 31.

The programme is administered in partnership with contractors working on the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal site and the construction sites at Aughoose and Glengad.

To date 135 organisations across the five parishes of Erris have benefited from over €1.4m funding under this programme. This programme will remain in place throughout the construction phase of the Corrib project.

Third Level Scholarship Programme – Open to all Leaving Certificate Students in Erris schools

Scholarship Programme 2014 Launch

At the launch of the 2014 scholarship programme were the principals of the four secondary schools in Erris (back l to r): John Killeen (Lacken-Cross); Joe McDonagh, CEO Education and Training Board, Josephine Moran (Our Lady’s Secondary School) and Jason O’Mongáin (Coláiste Chomáin). Seated: Bina Munnelly (St Brendan’s), Tony McGarry (Board Member) and Fiona Togher, Shell Social Investment Advisor.

At the launch of the 2014 scholarship programme were the principals of the four secondary schools in Erris (back l to r): John Killeen (Lacken-Cross); Joe McDonagh, CEO Education and Training Board, Josephine Moran (Our Lady’s Secondary School) and Jason O’Mongáin (Coláiste Chomáin). Seated: Bina Munnelly (St Brendan’s), Tony McGarry (Board Member) and Fiona Togher, Shell Social Investment Advisor.

This programme was launched in 2007, providing scholarships to ten students each year for a third-level degree course of their choice.  Between 2007 and 2012, the scholarships were valued at €4,000 per student per year of their degree programme, and all applications were assessed by an independent board. 61 students from Erris had benefitted from this programme.

In 2013, following a review by the independent board the number of scholarships was increased from 10 to 16 per annum with each successful student receiving €2,000 per year of their degree course.

The main criterion for programme eligibility is that all applicants must be Leaving Certificate students attending one of the four secondary schools serving the Erris region. These second level schools are St Brendan’s College, Belmullet, Our Lady’s Secondary School, Belmullet, Coláiste Chomáin, Rossport and St Patrick’s College, Lacken-Cross.

Each year the students who apply are required to write an essay on a theme outlined to them on the form.  The independent board – comprised of Seán Staunton, Tony McGarry, Breda Holmes, Fr Kevin Hegarty and Bridie O’Donnell – adjudicates on the applications.

By the end of 2013, 77 scholarships were awarded and over €750k invested in this valuable educational initiative. A further sixteen scholarships will be provided to Erris students entering third level education in 2014.

By the end of 2014, 93 scholarships were awarded and over €1.1m invested in this valuable educational initiative. A further sixteeen scholarships will be provided to Erris students entering third level education in 2015.

Internships

Another key channel through which benefits are delivered to young people locally is the popular Corrib Natural Gas Internship Programme.

Since it started in 2008, 60 students from Erris have received three-month paid internships on Corrib work sites, in a variety of disciplines.

The programme is open to third-level students from Erris who are engaged in courses with some relevance to work on the project. The successful candidates each year receive on-the-job work experience and training in various departments on the project during the summer months.

Over the period of the programme, 13 interns have gone on to gain further work on the project.

Summer Interns on the Corrib Gas project 2014

Summer Interns on the Corrib Gas project 2014: From left to right; Cathal Carey (Bangor Erris), John Gallagher (Blacksod), Peadar Dixon (Belmullet), Ailish Healy (Belmullet), Sean Ruddy (Barnatra), Martin Henry (Geesala), Niamh Monaghan (Clogher), Aver Togher (Belmullet), Liam Fallon (Belmullet), Jamie Cox (Rossport), Graeme Gallagher (Belmullet). Absent from the picture are Thomas Williams (Kilrush) and Cathal Power (Tralee).

Corrib Natural Gas - Erris Development Fund (EDF)

Committed to Community brochure 2012
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Download the Committed to Community brochure 2012

The Erris Development Fund was launched in 2009 with an initial fund of €5m – earmarked for investment during the construction phase of the Corrib project. 

Originally, the three categories eligible for funding were: Enterprise & Knowledge (including education), Marine & Environment (including tourism) and Sports & Culture. 

The fund is administered on behalf of the Corrib Gas Partners by the Independent Advisory Board, which is comprised of representatives from community development agencies across Mayo.

To date 57 applications have been received to the EDF. Twenty seven projects across the Erris region have benefitted from funding under this programme.  A total of €4.2m of the original €5m has already been allocated.

Enterprise, Community Development and Safety

Erris Development Fund New Programme of Initiatives
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From mid-2012 onwards, the Erris Development Fund changed the way it operates.  This was due to the introduction of a new Community Gain Investment Fund (see below for further detail).  In order to avoid duplication of funding to organisations and projects – potentially endangering their long-term sustainability – the Corrib Gas Partners agreed to move away from an application-based system for the Corrib Natural Gas Erris Development Fund. Instead, following engagement with local community organisations and agencies, a programme of proactive community initiatives was developed.

These initiatives focus on three key themes of Enterprise, Community Development, and Safety, and are run in partnership with existing agencies working in the community. These areas closely align to identified community priorities and also to Shell’s own business goals, particularly in terms of safety, thereby delivering positive outcomes for both the community and the company. Further information on the 2012 programme of initiatives is available.

We welcome input from all sections of the community, so if you have ideas or suggestions for initiatives under the EDF’s three themes, that would benefit the community, we would be delighted to hear from you.

In addition, if you would like any further information on any of the above programmes please contact our local Community Investment Advisor, Fiona Togher, on 097 27122. 

Marine Fund initiatives

As part of an agreement reached with local Erris inshore fishermen in 2008, €1.3m in funding was allocated for sustainable projects that benefit the Erris inshore fishing industry.

Under this Marine Fund two initiatives have been funded to date:

Electronic Jigging Reels

Grant aid of up to €5,000 provided to members of the two representative Erris inshore fishing organisations for the purchase of one electronic jigging reel.  These devices enable fishermen to select only the fish that are suitable for market and release live other species and unsuitable catches.

Lobster V-Notch Conservation and Restocking Scheme

This is a conservation and restocking scheme which involves the cutting of a v-notch in the tail of female lobsters. Once notched, the female lobsters are returned live to the ocean so that they can continue to breed and produce young, thus increasing the stock of juvenile lobsters. This scheme has been in operation since 2010, with Shell committing to the scheme for an initial period of five years, after which the progress will be reviewed.

Lobster V-Notch Conservation and Restocking Scheme

Salmon Conservation Project

Through the Marine Fund, the Corrib Gas Partners have agreed, as a conservation measure, to purchase the TOC (total allowable salmon catch) of 142 salmon for the Sruwaddacon Bay Salmon fishery (a commercial private draft net fishery) for 2013 (and again in 2014 if the fishery is opened by Inland Fisheries Ireland).

The purpose is to improve and increase the Glenamoy River salmon stock.  This purchase will mean that this commercial fishery will be allowed to “rest” in 2013 and 2014 (if the IFI open the fishery), thus enabling recovery of salmon stock, aiding the long-term viability of this commercial fishery.

It allows more salmon to move up into the spawning areas for the Glenamoy River thereby increasing spawning and the salmon population. This in turn may increase the future TOCs for this fishery.

This is a demonstration of Shell’s commitment to sustainable development.

Business in the Community

Business in the Community – Skills at Work Programme:

In addition to the support being provided under our various Community Investment Programmes, Shell is actively engaged with “Business in the Community (BiTC)” whose objective is to engage companies operating within Ireland to improve their impact on society by integrating social, environmental and ethical concerns across their organisations.  

Shell has become involved with BiTC’s “Skills at Work” Programme, which is designed to increase the number of second level students completing their Leaving Certificate examinations and continuing onto third-level education. Shell started the programme is 2010 with Coláiste Chomáin in Rossport and extended the programme to St Brendan’s College in Belmullet in 2012.   

Shell staff attend a number of different sessions with the students including a “Day in the Life” session where employees share their life and career experiences with the students. In addition, other sessions on CV preparation and interview skills are given, alongside mock interview sessions, with the grand finale of the programme being a team-building session for the students and Shell employees together.

Business in the Community – Time to Read Initiative

From September 2013 Shell are also participating in BiTC’s “Time to Read” initiative, which is designed to improve literacy standards at national school level, by increasing children’s enjoyment of reading, increasing children’s confidence in reading, improving and encouraging the child’s self-discovery and improving the child’ fluency and comprehension when reading.

Shell staff attends a number of different sessions with national school children on a one to one basis to read with the child in a structured way.  In addition, the children are invited to visit one of our workplaces and the programme also includes a visit to the local library with Shell volunteers.

Community Gain Investment Fund

The setting up of a Community Gain Investment Fund (CGIF) was a condition of the planning permission for the Corrib onshore pipeline (granted in January 2011 by An Bord Pleanála). This fund is managed and administered by Mayo County Council and its purpose is to benefit the community most impacted by the construction activities by the Corrib Gas project.

The Corrib Gas Partners will contribute €1.7m per year to the CGIF, for the five-year period from 2011 to 2015, which amounts to a total of €8.5m to be disbursed by the CGIF. Mayo County Council has developed a Community Development Plan for the area, which is the basis upon which applications for funding are considered and funds allocated.

For further information on the Community Gain Investment Fund please contact Mayo County Council.

Community Gain Investment Fund

Official opening of Kilcommon Playground, 2014.