The Community Services Programme (CSP) supports community businesses to provide local services and create employment opportunities for disadvantaged people.
It offers financial support to cover the cost of hiring staff to community companies and co-operatives.
Funding goes towards the cost of employing a manager and/or full-time equivalent position (FTEs). The programme provides €19,033 for every FTE and €32,000 per manager working a 39-hour week. More than €46 million was allocated in 2018, supporting about 1,650 FTEs and 300 managers.
The Minister for Rural and Community Development announced on 16 October 2018 that the Community Services Programme (CSP) Support Fund will continue on a once-off basis in 2019. This will provide an additional €1 million to organisations that are most in need.
Applicants must be not-for-profit social enterprises or businesses with sufficient capacity to undertake service delivery and management of staff.
They must also have sufficient financial resources and ability to generate adequate revenue and prepare a business plan.
There are three main types of projects funded under the Community Services Programme:
70% of employees in projects funded under the programme must be:
Further information is available on the Pobal website.
Thank you to all the organisations who took the time to submit feedback on the scope of the CSP review, this element of the consultation process is now complete. The review is being carried out by an independent review body, Indecon Consultants, who were appointed in March 2019. It will take six months and should be completed in early Autumn 2019. There will be consultation at all stages of the review with CSP supported organisations and other stakeholders.