By Emma Hickey
Fourteen local projects in Meath have received over €180,000 in funding from Meta’s annual
Community Action Grants.
The initiative, which is in its fourth year, offers grants to projects based in locations where Meta has an online data centre that address community needs by use of technology, connect people both on and offline, or improve STEM education locally.
Announcing the awards, Community Development Manager at Meta, Aoife Flynn, said, “We’re delighted to support these 14 deserving and innovative programmes through our Community Action Grants programme.
“We are incredibly proud to be part of the Meath community, and take great pride in the positive role the Community Action Grants can play in investing in the long-term vitality of our local community,” she continued.
Amounts ranging from €419 and €24,888 were awarded to the respective local recipients, which include the Irish Wheelchair Association, who will receive €14,708 to provide technology and programmes for developing skills, creativity and collaboration in Meath; Coole National School, who were awarded €10,000 to supply devices to support STEM education to students, as well as Down Syndrome Louth/Meath, who were granted €11,220 to pilot a Smart and Assistive Technology Training programme and provide devices for teens with down syndrome.
€20,926 will go to Dunboyne Senior Primary School to develop STEM interest in conservation and sustainability for students; €10,000 to Sona Sasta Summerhill Meals on Wheels to provide devices, training and chances to connect online to improve digital literacy for seniors; and €419 to Ardcath National School to provide STEM boxes for pupils to creatively apply their science skills and knowledge.
Rathregan NS will receive €20,715 to supply STEM kits to empower confident and creative
STEM learners, while Scoil Bhride in Clonee were granted €19,069 to provide technology to
enable digital learning that fosters engagement at school and at home.
Scoil Bhride Primary School, Cannistown, were awarded the highest sum of €24,888 to deliver STEM activities for all levels of learning.
St. Peter’s College in Dunboyne was granted €9,990 to support the student film and video club, as well as to improve digital media training.
Youth Work Ireland in Meath will receive €5,820 from the Community Action Grants to
provide technology that enables young people and volunteers to create in 3D.
Since Meta began their Community Action Grants in 2019, Meath has received over €700,000 in donations to local projects.