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 run for the benefit of people on:
Jobseeker’s Allowance and Jobseekers Transition (including casuals)
Jobseeker’s Benefit (including casuals)
Deserted Wife's Benefit
One-Parent Family Payment
Signing for credits
Widow's/Widower's Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension
Illness Benefit for 12 months or more
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
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
Working Age Schemes Policy will not approve funding for a course that has already commenced or has been completed.
Application Form - Appendix 1, 2 and 3: Activation and Family Support Programme (AFSP)