The Fund of European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) is designed to support Member States in addressing the basic needs of the most deprived people in our community.
The Programme is for people without access to income or living in very poor circumstances.
The Programme will work through not-for-profit bodies to fund the purchase of food and basic material assistance.
The distribution of this Fund in Ireland will be known as FEAD Ireland.
Who will FEAD be targeted at?
FEAD support will help people take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion. The FEAD will help the most deprived people by addressing one of their most basic needs i.e. food and non-food for personal use e.g. sleeping bags, shampoo and other items for personal use, which is a precondition for them to be able to get a job or follow a training course.
What resources are available?
FEAD Ireland will be funded by some €22m of European funding and €4m of Irish exchequer funding totalling some 26.7m for the period 2014-2020.
Seventy-five per cent (75%) of available resources will be applied to the provision of food and twenty five per cent (25%) to the provision of basic material assistance e.g. sleeping bags, personal need items such as shampoo, shower gel etc.
Accompanying measures funding will also be available to a maximum of 5% of the value of food or non-food items purchased.
Focus of Operational Programme
The focus of the fund will be on those on the margins of society and in need of essential supports.
Effectively, the Operational Programme (OP) will target:
homeless persons including long-term rough sleepers
children in low income/work intensity households
victims of domestic violence in refuges and shelters
person suffering or recovering from addictions
certain members of the Roma and Traveller communities
vulnerable persons transitioning to independent living from emergency accommodation, institutionalised care settings or places of detention
any person without income, accommodation or means not otherwise defined above
National availability of food – Primary Operation
The focus of this operation will be on those on the margins of society in need of essential food support. It will ensure a reliable supply of food to the charitable sector over the life of the FEAD Programme, with approved organisations collecting food produce from three regional hubs in Dublin, Cork and Galway.
Food will be made available to all eligible organisations from an approved food schedule compiled by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection following consultation with the charitable sector. The food items consist of basic, non-perishable foods which are easy to transport and store.
To access this operation an organisation should send the form at the bottom of this page to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived: Supplementary Application for Organisations to join the Nationwide Availability of Food
This is the supplementary application form for organisations to join the Nationwide Availability of Food as part of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) Programme.