Reasons to sign up to the register:
Being registered gives community groups the opportunity to do the following:
Have access to Fingal County Council’s Community Funding Schemes
Have access to Community, Sports and Arts development services
Your group will become a member of the Fingal Public Participation Network
How will your information be used?
Your information will be held on a database called the Fingal Public Participation Network Register, it will be used by the FPPN and Community, Culture and Sports Department as part of the criteria for funding, for data storage and analysis purposes and may be shared with other FCC departments. It will not be shared with any external agency, group or organisation.
What is the Fingal Community Funding Schemes?
The Community, Culture and Sports Division’s Activity Funding, Art Funding and Youth Sports Grants are funding schemes that provide financial support to Community and Voluntary Groups to support their activities. The funding is application based and set criteria is applied. Further information on criteria, eligibility and application can be found online at www.fingal.ie/community-and-leisure/grants-and-funding/
What are the Community Culture and Sports development services?
The Community, Culture and Sports Division works in partnership with community and voluntary groups to improve their quality of life, by providing community, recreational and sports facilities, education programmes, and to advise and support community efforts. In addition we provide the following types of supports: Training, Mentoring, Group Development, Strategic Planning and Policy Development etc.
What is the Fingal Public Participation Network (FPPN))
The Fingal Public Participation Network is supported by Fingal County Council and brings together all groups and organisations working on a community and voluntary basis in Fingal. Being part of the FPPN gives your group the opportunity to participate at decision making and policy development level. The role of the FPPN is to facilitate participation and representation of communities at this level. The FPPN will work to strengthen the capacity of communities to contribute positively to the community in which they live.
The FPPN will act as a hub for inclusive information gathering and sharing.
(Groups may register but choose not to participate in the Fingal Public Participation Network.)
In addition The FPPN will:
- Nominate representatives to decision making and strategic policy bodies of the Council and other Agencies for example:
- 6 SPCs
- Economic Development and Enterprise
- Planning and Strategic Infrastructure
- Water and Environment
- Arts, Culture and Community
- Policing Forum
- Local Community Development Committee
- Nominate representatives to the FPPN Linkage
- Nominate representatives to the Secretariat
Definition of FPPN Electoral Colleges
It is a requirement for all community and voluntary groups to be aligned with an electoral college, these colleges are as follows:
Community and Voluntary: The primary objective and activity of the group must focus on responses to local issues and concerns.
Example of groups that may be included in this college: residents/tenants associations, sports and recreation groups, community associations, youth groups, community councils, arts groups, active retirement groups, self-help groups.
Social Inclusion: The primary objective and activities of the group must be focused on poverty reduction, community development, equality and social justice. Example of groups that may be included in this college: disability, ethnic minority, family support, urban and rural disadvantage, youth, traveller, women, literacy, social justice, equality promotion, LGBT, community development, children service, drugs and alcohol and older people.
Environment: The primary objective and activities of the group must be focused on environmental (i.e. ecological) protection and or environmental sustainability. Examples of groups that may be included in this college: permanent protection of wildlife, organic horticultural and education, environmental sustainability and agreed national organisations whose local groups will be automatically eligible to join the environment electoral college.
All groups must:
- be voluntary and not for profit.
- be formally organised with a constitution or at least a set of rules and a bank account.
- have regular meetings and communicate with their members.