Almost 310 thousand euro in funding will be shared by community groups across the county this year.

The allocations to support hundreds of projects were announced at a meeting of the local authority this week.

237 thousand euro is to go towards support for community based economic and amenity.

60 thousand is secured for the support scheme for Arts 2013 and a further 12 thousand 500 will be allocated to the supports scheme for heritage 2013.

Ballinasloe RAPID AIT, Tuam AIT and ARC are to receive the largest amount in this category of community based economic development with 5 thousand 500 each.

In the community based amenities and services category, Dunmore Community Council secured the largest sum of just over 7 thousand euro, to replace the heating system.

In the social inclusion activities and services section, Youth Work Ireland Galway has been allocated 7 thousand euro while AMACH! LGBT Galway is to receive 3 thousand euro.

In the arts and culture category, Galway Arts Festival is to benefit from 4 thousand 500 euro while Baboró International Arts Festival for Children has received 4,000 euro.

Cllr Michael Mogie Maher was one of many members to commend the allocations and said it shows that the council is there to support the community.