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Press Release

Minister Canney announces funding of over €18.5m for the community and voluntary sector

Published: 31 May 2019
From: Department of Rural and Community Development

Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, today (Friday) announced funding of €18.5m over the coming three years to 73 national community and voluntary organisations.

The funding is under a new round of the Scheme to Support National Organisations in the Community and Voluntary Sector and it will run for a 3 year period until mid-2022.

At €18.5m million over the lifetime of the scheme, the funding is an increase in excess of €1.8million compared with the current iteration of the scheme. The Minister was impressed by the high quality applications that were received for funding under the Scheme and was keen to make funding available to as many organisations across as many fields as possible.

Announcing the funding, Minister Canney said:

“I am particularly delighted to announce today this substantial funding to 73 national Community and Voluntary organisations. This Government recognises the value of the great work carried out by such national organisations. This funding is over a three year period to allow organisations to plan for a more sustainable timeframe.”

Applications were invited from community and voluntary organisations that operate at a national level with evidence of a nationwide membership. The allocation of funding was largely based on evidence of need and value for money in order to ensure that the funds were allocated to the organisations where they are most needed and to make the maximum contribution to the community and voluntary sector. On average, organisations have seen an 8.2% increase in funding allocation (capped at a maximum of €270,000 over the three years).

Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, welcomed the funding, and added:

“This was a highly competitive process with huge interest from the sector. The Government will invest in excess of €18.5m over the next three years under this national scheme and I am confident that the many people who benefit from the support and services delivered by these groups will see the value of this investment.”

Funding to national community and voluntary organisations under this scheme is to cover core costs such as staff, administration and ongoing running expenses. The organisations deliver critical supports and services in the health, disability, homelessness, children and young persons, older persons, equality and social inclusion areas, amongst others.


Notes to editor:

The scheme is administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development. Pobal can be contacted through onlinesupport@pobal.ie

National Organisations allocated funding under the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2019-2022:

    Organisation Amount Recommended
    1 Belong to Youth Services €270,000
    2 Care Alliance Ireland €270,000
    3 Migrant Information Centre Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    4 Mental Health Reform €269,835
    5 Irish Penal Reform Trust €270,000
    6 Community Workers Company Limited By Guarantee €269,998
    7 European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €269,221
    8 Children's Rights Alliance - Republic of Ireland €269,946
    9 Dyslexia Association of Ireland €266,888
    10 European Network Against Racism (Enar) Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee 270,000
    11 M.O.V.E. Ireland €269,610
    12 Irish Deaf Society The National Association of the Deaf Company Limited by Guarantee €269,700
    13 Focus Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €214,552
    14 National Association For Spina Bifida And Hydrocephalus Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €216,696
    15 New Communities Partnership (Ncp) Company Limited By Guarantee €269,772
    16 Rape Crisis Network Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    17 Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups €270,000
    18 Cherish Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    19 Volunteering Ireland €221,616
    20 Arthritis Ireland €260,436
    21 Disability Federation of Ireland €234,427
    22 Down Syndrome Ireland €270,000
    23 Free Legal Advice Centres €270,000
    24 I.N.O.U. Company Limited by Guarantee €265,140
    25 Immigrant Council of Ireland €233,558
    26 Irish Foster Care Association Company Limited by Guarantee €268,394
    27 LGBT Support and Advocacy Network Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    28 National Women's Council of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    29 SAFE Ireland National Social Change Agency Company Limited by Guarantee €269,577
    30 Simon Communities of Ireland €238,538
    31 The Irish Local Development Network Company Limited By Guarantee €269,963
    32 Womens Aid Company Limited By Guarantee €269,926
    33 Irish Stammering Association €196,930
    34 Anam Cara Parental And Sibling Bereavement Support Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    35 Chronic Pain Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €141,588
    36 Brainwave – The Irish Epilepsy Association €233,304
    37 Irish Association for Palliative Care €150,702
    38 Irish Men's Sheds Association Company Limited By Guarantee €269,998
    39 Irish Refugee Council Company Limited By Guarantee €269,964
    40 Medical Research Charities Company Limited by Guarantee €269,719
    41 Parents Plus Company Limited By Guarantee €251,788
    42 Social Analysis And Action For Justice Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    43 The Irish Hospice Foundation €265,244
    44 Neurological Alliance of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €247,852
    45 Treoir National Federation of Services for Unmarried Parents and their Children €180,809
    46 Asthma Society of Ireland €270,000
    47 Active Retirement Network Ireland €270,000
    48 Threshold €270,000
    49 Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    50 Age Action Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €269,423
    51 Autism Spectrum Information Advice & Meeting Point Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    52 Breaking Through Company Limited By Guarantee €267,038
    53 Children in Hospital Ireland €270,000
    54 Irish Rural Link Co-Operative Society Limited €270,000
    55 The Irish Environmental Conservation Organisation For Youth -Unesco Clubs-Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    56 The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland €270,000
    57 Barnardos - Republic of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
    58 Family Carers Ireland €269,172
    59 National Youth Council of Ireland €270,000
    60 Rotha €269,158
    61 Special Olympics Ireland €270,000
    62 Akina Dada Wa Africa Company Limited By Guarantee €257,040
    63 Migraine Association of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €109,890
    64 Young Social Innovators Limited €222,585
    65 Foróige The National Youth Development Organisation €268,674
    66 Inclusion Ireland - National Association For People With An Intellectual Disability €269,842
    67 Irish Senior Citizens National Parliament Company Limited By Guarantee €269,869
    68 Irish Council for Social Housing €141,700
    69 GROW in Ireland €270,000
    70 Spinal Injuries Ireland €269,606
    71 Community Action Network €264,040
    72 Malta Charities €270,000
    73 Hand in Hand Company Limited By Guarantee €225,161