The ABC programme is being delivered as part of the current Programme for Government and is co-funded by the Government (with the Office of the Táiniste and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs leading), and the Atlantic Philanthropies from 2013 to 2016 with a total investment of almost €30m. The ABC Programme builds on the learning to date from the previous Prevention and Early Intervention Programme 2006-2013 co-funded by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and the Atlantic Philanthropies and delivered across three project sites in Dublin.
The Community Services Programme (CSP) supports community businesses to deliver local services to their communities and employ people from disadvantaged groups. The programme is now funded by the Department of Social Protection under the Social Inclusion chapter of the National Development Plan 2007-2016. During 2011, the programme was approved to fund 430 community services across the country.
The Dormant Accounts legislation provides for a scheme for the disbursement of funds that are unlikely to be reclaimed for projects and programmes designed to alleviate poverty and social deprivation. The Dormant Accounts legislation targets three broad categories of persons for support from the fund; economic and social disadvantage, educational disadvantage and Persons with disability.
The Disability Activation Project aims to increase the capacity and potential of people on Department of Social Protection disability/illness welfare payments to participate in the labour market, based on a case management approach. The Disability Activation Project is co-funded under the European Social Fund Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013, and is administered by the Department of Social Protection with the support of Pobal.
Pobal provides a range of services and supports to and on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) in the area of Early Education and Childcare. To find out more about each of our programmes please visit our homepage or follow the links below to our programme pages.
The Equality for Women Measure is an initiative of the Department of Justice and Equality and is managed collaboratively between the Department and Pobal. The EWM receives European Social Fund (ESF) support under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme (HCIOP). The Equality for Women Measure provides grant funding to organisations on an annual basis, for one or more years (subject to conditions), for specific projects which foster gender equality under three strands as follows:
Strand 1: Access to Employment
Strand 2: Developing Female Entrepreneurship
Strand 3: Career Development for Women in Employment
The European Integration Fund (EIF) is one of two funds from the EU’s ‘Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows’ programme that Pobal manages on behalf of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI) in the Department of Justice and Equality.
The purpose of the EIF is to support initiatives for newly arrived and legally resident Non-EU Nationals (excluding asylum seekers and refugees) of different cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds that facilitates their integration into Irish society. In the context of the EIF, Non-EU Nationals are often referred to as ‘Third Country Nationals’ (TCNs).
The EIF provides funding to NGOs and other bodies to implement local, regional and/or national integration, intercultural and inter-religious initiatives that support the active participation of TCNs in Irish society.
The European Refugee Fund (ERF) is one of two funds from the EU’s ‘Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows’ programme that Pobal manages on behalf of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI) in the Department of Justice and Equality.
The ERF supports individual Member States of the EU in receiving asylum seekers and refugees. The ERF provides funding to NGOs and other bodies to implement local, regional and national reception and/or integration initiatives with a focus on areas such as information provision, education, health, community development, promoting access to services and provision of training for service providers.
Gateway is an activation initiative of the Department of Social Protection, launched in 2013 and managed through City and County Councils. Gateway provides short-term quality and suitable working opportunities for people who are unemployed while at the same time carrying out beneficial work within communities, and contributes to the management of the Live Register.
Since its launch in 1991, LEADER has provided rural communities, across the EU, with a method and the resources for local partners to actively engage and direct the local development of a given area, through a community-led local development (CLLD) approach.
The new programming period has identified a number of strategic objectives and priorities for EU rural development. In the Irish context, LEADER has been programmed under priority 6 of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP): promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas.
The Learner Fund offers existing early years staff and registered childminders a subsidy towards the cost of early years courses. This funding supports staff working in early years services to achieve the new minimum qualifications being introduced in the revised Preschool Regulation. The Learner Fund is subsidising thousand of learners who applied during 2014, and who will be continuing their courses into 2016-2017.
Pobal manages the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The programme aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through partnership and constructive engagement between Government and its agencies and people in disadvantaged communities.
The National Early Years Access Initiative (NEYAI) is a collaborative partnership between The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Mount Street Club Trust, the Department for Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), the Early Years Education Policy Unit (DES) and Pobal. The NEYAI is a four year initiative to improve access to and practice within early year’s services through interagency collaborations.
The National Childcare Investment Programme 2006-2011 was a major programme of investment by the government in childcare infrastructure. Building on its predecessor (the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme 2000-2006), the NCIP Capital programme set out to further increase the number of childcare places available in Ireland, with specific emphasis on creating additional pre-school (3-4 years) and school age places. The funding was open to both community and private childcare providers and was administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
The EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland (2007-2013) - 'the PEACE III Programme' - is a distinctive European Union Structural Funds Programme aimed at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation. Taking this overall aim forward, the PEACE III Programme focuses on two strategic objectives:
Priority 1: Reconciling Communities
Priority 2: Contributing to a Shared Society
Theme 1.1 - Building positive relationships at the local level
Theme 1.2 - Acknowledging and dealing with the past
The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) is sponsored by the Department of Social Protection. Pobal carries out a payroll function, on behalf of the Department, and operates a help desk facility for the Implementing Bodies. Pobal also have the responsibility to develop and implement Performance Indicators for the scheme. Implementing Bodies manage the scheme at the local level on the Department's behalf. These are the Local Development Companies and Údarás na Gaeltachta in the Gaeltacht.
The overall aim of SSNO is to provide multi-annual funding towards the core costs of national organisations in the community and voluntary sector to assist them to operate and fund core staff positions. SSNO will have a primary focus on the provision of core funding to national organisations that demonstrate good governance and deliver services and supports that have a focus on one or more of the following: addressing poverty, social exclusion and promoting equality.
Tús is a Department of Social Protection activation initiative for people who are long-term unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance. It was launched on 21st December 2010.
Responsibility for the operation of Tús rests with the Department of Social Protection. Pobal operates a payroll function on behalf of the Department and it is managed at a local level, on the Department’s behalf, by the Local Integrated Development Companies, as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta in the Gaeltacht and Dublin Employment Pact. The programme provides twelve month work placement opportunities in local community settings.
The objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS) is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons, of limited means, to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.
Pobal administers the Youth Capital Programme on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. To date this funding relates to the provision of capital funding for Youth Cafés. To date there have been two rounds of funding, one in 2012 and one in 2013. Funding was for fit-out, refurbishment works or building enhancement projects for the start-up of new Youth Cafés.