Galway Rural Development (GRD) provides a range of integrated community supports by administering the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP), LEADER, the Rural Social Scheme (RSS), and the TÚS Programme. The company also acts as a sponsor of a Community Employment (CE) Scheme providing maintenance work for local communities and clerical and administrative support.
GRD advocates for, and implements, inclusive rural and community development programmes that enhance people’s lives, revitalise communities, support enterprise development and maintain the natural and built heritage throughout County Galway.
GRD recognises that funding alone will not result in sustainable development, GRD therefore has two roles.
a) Developmental support - GRD works to ensure that communities and individuals in the rural areas of County Galway are provided with relevant information, enabled to identify their own local needs and act on these. Through our staff, GRD offers support and guidance to local communities and individuals, including lifelong learning courses, pre employment and employment training.
b) Grant aid for specific projects – while the work within GRD is carried out synonymously across all its programmes there are separate guidelines for each.