Today (Monday 15th July), the Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly TD, launched a new Community and Voluntary Support Scheme. The Grant Scheme will be administered by the HSE. €1 million funding is being made available to community and voluntary groups to continue to support older people to stay well and remain connected with their local community. Approximately €250,000 of this funding will be dedicated to dementia related initiatives.
The Minister said:
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.
Minister Daly continued:
Information regarding the Scheme and the application form is available on the HSE’s website today. Applications will be accepted up to 15th August 2019 and the Minister looks forward to announcing successful applications in September.
The grant scheme, which has a closing date of 15th August for receipt of applications is 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. Detailed information and application forms are available from the HSE Community Health Organisations or via the following link: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/olderpeople/support-grant-for-older-persons/community-voluntary-support-grant-for-older-persons.html