The Community Services Programme
(CSP) supports community companies and co-operatives to deliver local social, economic and environmental services. The CSP aims to tackle disadvantage by providing a co-funding contribution towards the cost of employing a manager and full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.
A report on the CSP and the 2020 Action Plan are available below:
Review of Community Services Programme
Prepared for Department of Rural and Community Development by Indecon International Economic Consultants, 2020
Community Halls and Facilities (CSP Strand 1 and 1s)
The CSP helps ensure that community halls and facilities are open on a day-to-day basis in local settings and operate on a social enterprise model.
A community facility can be:
a premises/and or facilities that are for the use and benefit of a customer
a premises that is open to the general public
Community Services for the Disadvantaged (CSP Strand 2)
Community services can be:
Companies employing people who are distant from the labour market (CSP Strand 3)
CSP Strand 3 refers to 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:
people with disabilities
recovering drug misusers
Services must employ at least 70% of the Community Service Programme supported Full-Time Equivalent (FTE's) (i.e. 70% of the CSP contracted hours per week) from the specific Strand 3 target groups.
The employing company or co-op must operate as a social enterprise and focus on supporting workers through personal development and on the job support.
How to apply
Click on the link below to be taken to the Pobal website where you can find more information on the Community Services Programme (CSP) and apply. It is expected that the Programme will open targeted calls to address identified gaps in service delivery in 2021.