Seán Canney, T.D., Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, today (Friday) announced funding of €18.5m over the coming three years to 73 national community and voluntary organisations.

The funding is under a new round of the Scheme to Support National Organisations in the Community and Voluntary Sector and it will run for a 3 year period until mid-2022.

At €18.5m million over the lifetime of the scheme, the funding is an increase in excess of €1.8million compared with the current iteration of the scheme. The Minister was impressed by the high quality applications that were received for funding under the Scheme and was keen to make funding available to as many organisations across as many fields as possible.

Announcing the funding, Minister Canney said: ‘I am particularly delighted to announce today this substantial funding to 73 national Community & Voluntary organisations. This Government recognises the value of the great work carried out by such national organisations. This funding is over a three year period to allow organisations to plan for a more sustainable timeframe’.

Applications were invited from community and voluntary organisations that operate at a national level with evidence of a nationwide membership. The allocation of funding was largely based on evidence of need and value for money in order to ensure that the funds were allocated to the organisations where they are most needed and to make the maximum contribution to the community and voluntary sector. On average, organisations have seen an 8.2% increase in funding allocation (capped at a maximum of €270,000 over the three years).

Michael Ring, T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development, welcomed the funding, and added ‘The Government will invest in excess of €18.5m over the next three years under this national Scheme and I am confident that the many people who benefit from the support and services delivered by these groups will see the value of this investment.’

Funding to national community and voluntary organisations under this Scheme is to cover core costs such as staff, administration and ongoing running expenses. The organisations deliver critical supports and services in the health, disability, homelessness, children and young persons, older persons, equality and social inclusion areas, amongst others.

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The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office
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The scheme is administered by Pobal on behalf of the Minister.
National Organisations allocated funding under the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2019-2022
Organisation Amount Recommended
1 Belong to Youth Services €270,000
2 Care Alliance Ireland €270,000
3 Migrant Information Centre Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
4 Mental Health Reform €269,835
5 Irish Penal Reform Trust €270,000
6 Community Workers Company Limited By Guarantee €269,998
7 European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €269,221
8 Children’s Rights Alliance – Republic of Ireland €269,946
9 Dyslexia Association of Ireland €266,888
10 European Network Against Racism (Enar) Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
11 M.O.V.E. Ireland €269,610
12 Irish Deaf Society The National Association of the Deaf Company Limited by Guarantee €269,700
13 Focus Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €214,552
14 National Association For Spina Bifida And Hydrocephalus Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €216,696
15 New Communities Partnership (Ncp) Company Limited By Guarantee €269,772
16 Rape Crisis Network Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
17 Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups €270,000
18 Cherish Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
19 Volunteering Ireland €221,616
20 Arthritis Ireland €260,436
21 Disability Federation of Ireland €234,427
22 Down Syndrome Ireland €270,000
23 Free Legal Advice Centres €270,000
24 I.N.O.U. Company Limited by Guarantee €265,140
25 Immigrant Council of Ireland €233,558
26 Irish Foster Care Association Company Limited by Guarantee €268,394
27 LGBT Support and Advocacy Network Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
28 National Women’s Council of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
29 SAFE Ireland National Social Change Agency Company Limited by Guarantee €269,577
30 Simon Communities of Ireland €238,538
31 The Irish Local Development Network Company Limited By Guarantee €269,963
32 Womens Aid Company Limited By Guarantee €269,926
33 Irish Stammering Association €196,930
34 Anam Cara Parental And Sibling Bereavement Support Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
35 Chronic Pain Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €141,588
36 Brainwave – The Irish Epilepsy Association €233,304
37 Irish Association for Palliative Care €150,702
38 Irish Men’s Sheds Association Company Limited By Guarantee €269,998
39 Irish Refugee Council Company Limited By Guarantee €269,964
40 Medical Research Charities Company Limited by Guarantee €269,719
41 Parents Plus Company Limited By Guarantee €251,788
42 Social Analysis And Action For Justice Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
43 The Irish Hospice Foundation €265,244
44 Neurological Alliance of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €247,852
45 Treoir National Federation of Services for Unmarried Parents and their Children €180,809
46 Asthma Society of Ireland €270,000
47 Active Retirement Network Ireland €270,000
48 Threshold €270,000
49 Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
50 Age Action Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €269,423
51 Autism Spectrum Information Advice & Meeting Point Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
52 Breaking Through Company Limited By Guarantee €267,038
53 Children in Hospital Ireland €270,000
54 Irish Rural Link Co-Operative Society Limited €270,000
55 The Irish Environmental Conservation Organisation For Youth -Unesco Clubs-Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
56 The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland €270,000
57 Barnardos – Republic of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
58 Family Carers Ireland €269,172
59 National Youth Council of Ireland €270,000
60 Rotha €269,158
61 Special Olympics Ireland €270,000
62 Akina Dada Wa Africa Company Limited By Guarantee €257,040
63 Migraine Association of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €109,890
64 Young Social Innovators Limited €222,585
65 Foróige The National Youth Development Organisation €268,674
66 Inclusion Ireland – National Association For People With An Intellectual Disability €269,842
67 Irish Senior Citizens National Parliament Company Limited By Guarantee €269,869
68 Irish Council for Social Housing €141,700
69 GROW in Ireland €270,000
70 Spinal Injuries Ireland €269,606
71 Community Action Network €264,040
72 Malta Charities €270,000
73 Hand in Hand Company Limited By Guarantee €225,161