The programme is not open for new applications
The Community Services Programme (CSP) gives grants to community businesses that deliver services and create employment for people from disadvantaged groups. Funded by the Department of Social Protection and managed by Pobal, it supports some 425 community companies and co-operatives.
The CSP works in communities where public and private-sector services are lacking, for example through geographical or social isolation, or because of demand deficits (i.e. where demands not being met by existing services).
It also aims to ensure that the benefits from public investment in community amenities are fully realised. One example of this is where additional CSP funding could enable an existing service to operate for longer hours.
Companies and co-operatives under contract with this programme must be not-for-profits, social enterprises or community businesses.
The CSP works on a social-enterprise model. This means that it does not fully fund contract holders (i.e. grant recipients), but requires that they generate revenue by charging fees or raising funds. These enterprises remain responsible for their own budgets and financial and other liabilities