Milford & District Resource Centre is a facility based on Market Square at the top of the town in Milford, Co. Donegal. We are here to support and facilitate the community in making the wider Milford area a better place to live, work and play in.
Originally founded as IRD Milford in the 1990s, MDRC is a community resource which is governed by a Board of Directors. We aim to support all existing community groups and sports clubs in the Milford area, as well as to help and guide the setting up of any new projects or initiatives in the district.
MDRC is funded by a central grant from the Department of Rural and Community Development, administered by Pobal. This grant covers 90% of salary costs for 5 of our 6 employees. One of our central aims is to provide employment in the local community.
We operate a social enterprise ‘Community Business Solutions’ which generates an income to cover overheads associated with the running of the resource centre. Any surplus profits are then transferred into the Milford Development Fund, which is expressly for community development initiatives and supporting existing community groups and sports clubs in the wider Milford area.
We are also the base for social prescribing in the wider Milford-Fanad-Rosguill area. This position is fully funded by the HSE.
We provide a number of services for the community at the resource centre, including room rental for meetings and events, printing and photocopying, graphic design, grant application support and the provision of training. We also operate the Rags to Riches charity shop on Main Street, Milford. Money raised from this also goes into the Milford Development Fund for redistribution to the local community.