Local Community Development Committee

Background to the Establishment of Local Community Development Committees (LCDC)
In 2012, the policy document ‘Putting People First’ was published and this sets out reforms to improve the delivery of services for the citizen, deliver greater efficiency and effectiveness and give local government a more central role in local and community development.

The Local Government Reform Act 2014 gives legislative effect to the commitments in ‘Putting People First’ including:

  • The establishment of a Local Community Development Committee, as a sub-committee of the City and County Council
  • The preparation of a six year Local Economic & Community Plan by Waterford City & County Council

  • Purpose of the Local Community Development Committee

  • Have primary responsibility for co-ordinating, planning and overseeing local, community and rural development funding
  • Bring a more joined up approach to the implementation of local and community development programmes and interventions
  • Drive meaningful citizen and community engagement in local and community development programmes
  • Pursue a more cost efficient administration of local and community development programmes and delivery structures, the matching of resources to priorities and better value for money
  • Focus on learning and feedback, enhancing the links between service delivery and policy development. Pursue opportunities for additional funding for the area

  • Functions of the Local Community Development Committee

  • To prepare, adopt, implement, monitor and review the community elements of the Local Economic & Community Plan
  • To consider and adopt a statement in respect of the economic elements of the Local Economic & Community Plan
  • To improve the co-ordination of publicly funded programmes including the Local Community Development Programme, Rural Development Programme and Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme and reduce duplication
  • To prepare an annual report on the performance of its duties

  • Annual Report 2015

    The LCDC Annual Report 2015 will be incorporated into the Waterford City & County Council Annual Report for 2015.

    Alignment of Local Government and Local Development
    The establishment of Local Community Development Committees is part of a national initiative on the alignment of local government and local development. For more information on this, please visit the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government's website at http://www.environ.ie/en/Community/AlignmentofLocalGovtLocalDev/

    Community Enhancement Programme, 2018

    The Community Enhancement Programme will fund projects that seek to enhance facilities and communities in disadvantaged areas. This Programme will offer not-for-profit groups access to capital funding in order to kick-start, advance or complete their projects. The Programme seeks to address some of the difficulties these groups face in terms of accessing small scale levels of funding to match their own fundraising efforts.

    How to apply: All applicants must complete the application form which can be downloaded here . Alternatively you can collect an application form at Waterford City & County Council Customer Service points at Bailey’s New Street or at the Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan. Click here for the advert and here for guidlines. Once completed please submit your application by post to:
    Colette O’ Brien
    Community Enhancement Programme,
    Waterford City & County Council,
    Baileys New Street,