Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development and Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development, have launched a €40 million package of supports for Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises.
A €35 million COVID -19 Stability Fund
for Community and Voluntary, Charity and Social Enterprises which will provide a level of support to qualifying organisations who are most in need and have seen their trading and/or fundraising income drop significantly during the crisis This fund closed to applications on 21st May 2020
A €5 million government commitment to a The Philanthropy ‘Innovate Together’ Fund
which will focus on supporting responses to the COVID-19 crisis that require innovative and adaptive solutions to existing and emerging challenges This fund closed to applications on 27th May 2020
In addition to the measures which have been introduced by the Department of Rural and Community Development for community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, the Government has put in place a range of supports and guidance for businesses impacted by COVID-19. A downloadable guide to these supports and their eligibility criteria is available here
Further enhanced supports for businesses were subsequently announced by the Government on 2nd May 2020 and details of these supports are available here
Community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises may find some of these supports and/or advice to be of interest. Enquiries should be directed to the relevant contact points listed in the material.