Jim Daly TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People, has today announced the approval of €1 million in grant funding for community and voluntary groups under the Community and Voluntary Supports Grant Scheme launched earlier this year.
The Community and Voluntary Supports Grant Scheme is a joint initiative of the Minister and the HSE providing an extra €1 million funding to community and voluntary groups to continue to support older people, family carers and significant others to stay well and remain connected with their local community.
Approximately €250,000 of the funding will be dedicated to dementia related initiatives.
Community and voluntary groups, through their Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO), were asked to submit projects that were in line with key government strategies:
Announcing the recipients of the support grants the Minister said:
Projects approved for grant funding were selected based on their sustainability, and where a need for new or additional services had been clearly demonstrated.
Noting that many of the successful proposals were aimed at older adults who are not engaged in their community, the Minister said:
The Minister concluded by saying that improving and developing community supports is in line with the vision outlined in Sláintecare, which supports a shift in our delivery of care to a model that will focus on prevention and early intervention, and that will provide most of the care in the community.
The grant scheme, details of which were announced in July was open to community and voluntary agencies that currently hold a Service Arrangement or Grant Aid agreement with the HSE, or non-statutory agencies who aim to provide health and personal social services similar or ancillary to services that the HSE may provide. Details of the successful projects will be advised directly by the individual Community Health Organisations from today.