The Community Services Programme
provides a fixed contribution towards hiring additional staff for organisations to meet local service gaps and provide access to services and facilities that would otherwise generally be unavailable.
Three strands are supported under the programme:
Community Halls and Facilities (CSP Strand 1 and 1s)
- The CSP helps ensure that community halls and facilities are open and accessible on a day-to-day basis in local settings and operate on a social enterprise model. The term ‘community facility’ is used to describe physical premises and/or facilities for customer use and benefit. They are often characterised by being open to the general public rather than serving a defined client base.
Community Services for the Disadvantaged (CSP Strand 2)
– typical community services delivered include home insulation, disability transport, meals-on-wheels, day care, social activities, personal security, visitation services, community radio and other media.
Companies employing people who are distant from the labour market (CSP Strand 3)
- This comprises of CSP service providers who have twin objectives of delivering services while also creating employment opportunities for specific disadvantaged groups. The core Strand 3 CSP employment target groups are Travellers, people with disabilities, recovering drug mis-users and Ex- prisoners and services must employ at least 70% of the CSP supported FTEs (i.e. 70% of the CSP contracted hours per week) from the specific Strand 3 target groups. As with all service providers in receipt of a funding contribution from the CSP, the employing company or co-op must operate as a social enterprise and demonstrate a strong focus on supporting workers (e.g. personal development, on the job support).
How to apply
For assistance with filling out the Expression of Interest Form, please view the CSP Guidance Note to the Community Services Programme.
Complete the Expression of Interest form below and submit it to email@example.com
or by post to the address at the bottom of the page.
CSP Guidance Note to the Community Services Programme
The purpose of this guidance note is to support SICAP Programme Implementers in selecting a social enterprise to complete a CSP Expression of Interest (EOI) form, and support the selected social enterprise in completing the EOI form.
The Community Services Programme currently supports 418 various community organisations and the Department is committed to the continued support of these organisations. Details of the organisations are set out in the document below.
CSP Supported Organisations August 2020
Organisations supported by the Community Services Programme at August 2020