DUNDALK FM is one of 27 groups taking part in the second year of a programme which aims to help build a stronger community infrastructure and community spirit.
This month Dundalk FM will be undertaking a Community Survey, consulting with all the key sectors such as Dundalk Town Centre Commercial Manager, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, County Louth Community Development Department, County Louth Sports Department and Louth Leader Partnership.
The project aims to engage local business associations to show them how they can use community radio to raise awareness of the area’s various business activities and of issues relating to the economy and business generally.
Community Leadership Project Team Manager at Dundalk FM, Alan Byrne said: “We are finding that voluntary organisations groups are being forced to look at strategic partnerships with groups in their area as funds are cut.
“At the Cavan mid round table meeting, groups were introduced to a funding advisor from NICVA who will help us to target our applications to sustain our community radio service in town.”
The radio station is working to bring all of the communities in Dundalk together through the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) Community Leadership Programme, delivered by NICVA.
Over the last six months, the radio station has been busy taking part in free training sessions, round table events and organising and fulfilling a special project, all as part of the project.
Cathal Cassidy, Vice Chair of the Project said: “None of this would be possible if it hadn’t been for the help of the e2,750 grant we received from the IFI’s Community Leadership Programme and we hope to continue to use this money to further connect people with others in their community.”
The station aims to use their funding to double the number of community groups who make their own programmes, increase the number of community representatives on the Board, and increase the general membership of the station. Groups who have not to date received a survey by post can call Gina Clarke at Dundalk FM on 042-9395100 or an e-survey can be emailed by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.