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Activation and Family Support Programme (AFSP)

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the Activation and Family Support Programme is

The Activation and Family Support Programme funds the cost of training supports and education courses for people on social welfare. These supports and funding are usually carried out with other employment organisations and agencies.

How to qualify

The funding is available to initiatives which:
  • focus on jobseekers, particularly long-term jobseekers and those on activation caseloads
  • assist the jobseeker’s progression to the workforce
  • is only available to those of working age (children and people of pension age are not considered)
Courses can be ran for the benefit of people on:
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance and Jobseekers Transition (including casuals)
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit (including casuals)
  • Blind Pension
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit
  • Farm/Fish Assist
  • Disability Allowance
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Signing for credits
  • Widow's/Widower's Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension
  • Illness Benefit for 12 months or more
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Carer's Allowance

Rates of payment

Activation and Family Support Programme funding is only available to organisations that run courses to help jobseekers find work.

The Activation and Family Support Programme will usually not fund more than 50% of the overall cost of the programme.

Funding can cover varying amounts, depending on the cost of the programme you intend to provide. Payments of over €30,000 will be paid in tranches.


For grants up to €5,000, all proposals for funding must be submitted in advance to Area Managers for approval with a recommendation by the Case Officer at your local Intreo Centre.

The original proposal (Appendix 1) and order for payment (Appendix 2) should be completed and sent directly to:

Accounts Payable Unit

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection,, St. Alphonsus Road,, Dundalk, Louth

All proposals over €5,000 that are recommended by the division should be forwarded for approval to:

Working Age Schemes Policy Unit

Working Age Schemes Policy Unit, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Shannon Lodge, Carrick-on-Shannon

Working Age Schemes Policy will not approve funding for a course that has already commenced or has been completed.

Application form for Activation and Family Support Programme (AFSP)

Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Appendix 3