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Funding Local Community Staff

From: Department of Rural and Community Development

How the Community Service Programme works

The Community Services Programme provides funding towards hiring additional staff for organisations to meet local service gaps in rural areas. This programme allows communities to access services and facilities that might otherwise be unavailable.


Three strands are supported under the programme:

  • community services for the disadvantaged (home insulation, disability transport, meals-on-wheels, day care, social activities, personal security, visitation services, community radio and other media)
  • employing people who are excluded from the labour market, including people with disabilities, travellers, recovering drug misusers and ex-prisoners. The company or co-op must demonstrate some form of progression of the workers
  • buildings for community use, such as town halls, and facilities which enable the day-to-day operation of community infrastructure

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 csp@drcd.gov.ie 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.


Community Services Programme EOI

Community Services Programme Expression of Interest 2019.


Community Services Programme Contact Details:

Community Services Programme
Address: Libraries Development and Community Policy Unit, Government Offices, Ballina, Mayo, F26 E8N6
Phone: 076-1006934
Email: csp@drcd.gov.ie