The centre means a lot to me, without the facility I would not be able to go to college. As a student I cannot afford the fees charged by private crèches. The centre is a much needed facility for the college and greatly improves access to education for mature students. All the staff are very professional and caring and I am reassured my baby gets the best of care”

Juanita Mahon, Parent

Fledglings, Tallaght IT



The training programmes that are offered through PEACE are flexible and varied and are structured to meet the training and educational needs of the local community. These projects have a very positive impact on the community, through training and education people have been able to build up their skills to accreditation standard which has in turn enhanced their job opportunities and quality of life. 


Guiding Hands Project
Sligo Town, Co. Sligo

Welcome to Pobal's Past Funding Programmes site. Please see below list of past programmes.


         Millennium Partnership Fund

Funding was allocated on an annual basis by the Department of Education and Science through the National Office for Equity of Access to Higher Education (the National Office).

Pobal managed the Millennium Partnership Fund since its commencement in 2001, initially on behalf of the Department of Education and Science and since 2004, in collaboration with the National Office. The Fund was withdrawn as an outcome of the Budget 2010.

The primary aim of the Millennium Partnership Fund was to support students from Pobal funded Partnership/Local Integrated Development Company areas with regard to their retention and participation in further and/or higher education. While the specific focus of the Fund was on retention and participation, many groups combined Millennium supports with other actions that have an access dimension. The Millennium Partnership Fund consisted of five eligible actions. All participating groups were encouraged to engage with all of them, taking into account the prevailing needs at local level. Additionally groups were expected to display progression across the range of actions over time. Eligible actions included some or all of the following:

Financial supports to meet student participation costs including travel, course and examination fees, books, materials, equipment, childcare, accommodation and subsistence etc.;

Study supports including tuition, study skills;

Provision of information, guidance and mentoring, in particular during preparation to begin third level courses and at stress points throughout courses;

Promotion of the initiative including advertising at local level, the production of leaflets, seminars and workshops, visits to schools and centres;

Administration - delivery and administration costs. The costs must be clearly identifiable and directly attributable to the delivery of this initiative.

Contractual obligations Pobal provided technical, operational and development support to groups implementing the Fund and strove to continually enhance services for the benefit of beneficiaries.

Millennium Partnership Fund Evaluation 2005


         Community Based CCTV Scheme

The Community Based CCTV Scheme commenced in 2005 and supported local communities who wished to install and maintain community CCTV security systems in their area, with the goal of increasing public safety and reducing the risk of anti-social and criminal activity.  It aimed to assist community-based organisations that wished to provide community CCTV systems, in order to deter illegal or anti-social behaviour in places to which the general public have routine access, such as residential communities, city and town centres. Financial assistance was awarded to qualifying local organisations, towards meeting the capital costs associated with the establishment of local community CCTV systems.

The lead department was the Department of Justice and Equality (formerly Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform) with additional matching funds being provided to successful applicants in RAPID areas by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (formerly the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs).

Community Based CCTV funding had two different stages. ‘Stage 1’ consisted of pre development grants, of up to €5,000, which were awarded to support community consultation and secure technical assistance with the aim of the group submitting a fully developed proposal after a subsequent call for applications. ‘Stage2’ grants, of up to €200,000, were available to put in place a functioning Community-Based CCTV system in individual communities.
There were two rounds of the scheme. Following open and confined calls for applications,
Round 1 projects were approved in 2006 and Round 2 in 2007. The proposed projects were appraised by Pobal and approved by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Under the two rounds, the scheme provided funding to 54 Stage 1 projects and 43 Stage 2 projects. Two additional Stage 2 type projects were funded separately bringing the overall number of Stage two projects to 45.

During the course of the scheme Pobal provided supports to beneficiaries as follows:

- On-going support/liaison to projects re project developmentthe risk of anti-social and criminal activity.
- Training of project staff in financial reporting as part of Contract Administration
- Provision of  workshops and all necessary guidelines/support materials
- Meetings with beneficiary organisations (individually and/or collectively) for support purposes.

                                                   Community CCTV Payments to beneficiaries

                 2006            2007            2008            2009            2010            2011            2012            2013            Total
              195,665     1,181,480      1,800,766   2,174,660   1,143,162    430,974        189,393         29,344        7,145,444

         Community & Voluntary Grants

The Programmes of Grants for Community and Voluntary Organisations

The Programmes of Grants for Community and Voluntary Organisations was funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government with part-funding made available from The National Lottery. 

Pobal administered the Programmes on behalf of the Department.

The aim of the Programmes was to support or enhance the activities of both local and national community and voluntary groups which were addressing disadvantage in the community.

There were two Programmes as follows:

• Programme 1: Scheme of Refurbishment Grants and Scheme of Equipment Grants
• Programme 2: Scheme of Training Grants

 The Programmes were very popular and benefitted local community groups all over the country.

The following table shows the amounts approved under each of the three rounds of the Programmes.

Grants for Community and Voluntary Organisations

Round                                                      Approvals                                                            Amount
  1                                                                   810                                                               €6,276,378.85
  2                                                                   804                                                               €8,943,250.00
  3                                                                   214                                                               €3,567,628.00
Total                                                             1,828                                                            €18,787,256.85 

Detaliled information of the grants given are here.

Grant Approvals                                                                                                                                      

Grant Approvals 2003

Grant Approvals 2004

Grant Approvals 2005

Grant Approvals 2006 & 2007


         EU Life Long Learning Project

At the end of 2008 Pobal applied to the European Commission for funding for a project on ‘Delivering Lifelong Learning in Disadvantaged Communities’, under its programme ‘Raising Awareness of Life Long Learning Strategies – Education and Training 2010’. A series of events took place throughout 2009 and early 2010 in relation to this project, consisting of 2 regional seminars and a national conference.


The programme was an awareness raising one. The overall strategic goal of the EU project was to support and add value to the implementation of the Irish Lifelong Learning Strategy within the context of the EU Education and Training 2010 work programme through the following strategic aims:

Raising awareness of the current focus of strategies within the Irish context by engaging in discussion and dialogue through regional/national seminars, workshops, conferences

Supporting the implementation
of a comprehensive approach to national lifelong learning strategies and policies and indirectly to raise the profile of the EU Education and Training 2010 work programme within Ireland

Highlighting the value
of a community-based approach to addressing educational inequalities as part of a national lifelong learning strategy and bringing this to the attention of a wide range of stakeholders, including policy makers, practitioners, providers, social partners, civil society representatives and learners themselves

and enhancing Irish lifelong learning strategic priorities from a social inclusion perspective


Drawing attention to the lifelong learning implications of cultural diversity and multi-cultural education within the Irish context.



The total amount requested from the Commission was €87,750. Match funding of €29,250 was provided. The final total spend on the project was: €80,199.60.



The project consisted of 3 events in 2009/2010: 1) Regional Seminar “Community Based Access as a Route to Further and Higher Education” based in Cork on 24th September 2009. 2) Regional Seminar “Early Childhood Care and Education & Family Learning” based in Sligo on 8th October 2009. 3) National Conference and Networking Event “Life is for Learning, Learning is for Life” in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 21st January 2010.


EU Lifelong Learning Publications:

Seminar Report:
Community Based Access as a Route to Further and Higher Education This publication is a report on the proceedings of the seminar in Cork on 24th September 2009. It was the first event in a series of awareness raising events organised by Pobal as part of the project “Delivering Lifelong Learning in Disadvantaged Communities” within the EU Programme “Raising Awareness of Lifelong Strategies – Education and Training 2010”.


Seminar Report:
Early Childhood Care and Education & Family Learning This document is a report on the proceedings of the seminar in Sligo on 8th October 2009. It was the second in a series of awareness raising events organised by Pobal as part of the project “Delivering Lifelong Learning in Disadvantaged Communities” within the EU Programme “Raising Awareness of Lifelong Strategies – Education and Training 2010”.


Conference Report:
Life is for Learning, Learning is for Life This publication is the report of the Conference and networking event entitled Life is for Learning, Learning is for Life which was the final and culmination event of the “Delivering Lifelong Learning in Disadvantaged Communities” Project. The Conference was held on 21st January 2010 in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.


Final Summary Report: Delivering Lifelong Learning in Disadvantaged Communities
This publication is the overall summary report of the “Delivering Lifelong Learning in Disadvantaged Communities” Project.


Video: Life is for Learning, Learning is for Life
This was a specially commissioned DVD which was presented at the conference of the same name. It is comprised of a series of interviews with learners in the community of all ages from across the spectrum of Lifelong Learning.

         Traveller Interagency Programme

The Traveller Interagency Programme worked closely with the Department of Justice and Equality, managing funding which was put in place  to stimulate the work of the 34 Traveller interagency groups in local authority areas across the country. It also worked with the Department to support the interagency process nationally and assists in the Department’s work in relation to conflict management and communications between Travellers and the settled community. 

The Traveller Interagency Process: A Progress Report

This report on the Traveller Interagency Process and its impact has been compiled by the Traveller Interagency and Communications Fund Team at the request of the Department of Justice and Law Reform. It aims to encapsulate Pobal learning from Traveller Interagency Groups (TIGs) at local authority level. In the course of doing so, it examines the history and impact of the Traveller interagency and Communications Fund, initiated by the Department of Justice and Law Reform and managed by Pobal. The report shows the considerable progress made by TIGs during that period but also highlights a number of serious issues which are affecting their operation. It documents experience to date, attempts to extrapolate good practice from an analysis of interagency experience and makes recommendations in relation to future policy and practice.

Traveller Interagency Process, March 2011

Traveller Interagency Information Pack

The information pack is based on Pobal learning to date in relation to the Traveller interagency process. It is intended to give members of Traveller Interagency Groups an overview of the process, stimulate discussion and assist in developing good practice. The pack includes a set of procedural tools for developing interagency group structures.

Traveller Interagency Information Pack

Other Useful Resources

Working Together Towards Peace: A  Report on the Midlands Traveller Conflict and Mediation Initiative

         The Community Graffiti Reduction Programme 

 The Community Graffiti Reduction Programme was introduced in February 2008 and was sponsored by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government and the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Pobal managed the programme on behalf of these Departments.  

The overall aims of the programme were: 

• To support an immediate reduction in the extent and impact of graffiti within the communities who choose to participate in the programme.

• To develop local mechanisms within these communities to support the long-term reduction of incidences of graffiti.

The programme was designed to involve groups and agencies which had a demonstrable capacity to make an impact on graffiti reduction, in a sustainable and cost effective way. It was targeted at organisations which identified graffiti reduction as an important task within their remit. 

Phase 1 of the programme offered each RAPID area the opportunity to receive a ring-fenced budget allocation of up to €30,000 to begin graffiti removal work. In order to minimize the workload on beneficiaries, all they were required to do was identify the areas where the graffiti was present and inform Pobal. Pobal then requested individual graffiti removal companies, who had been selected through a tendering process, to remove the graffiti and all administration up to and including payment was undertaken by Pobal.

The programme ceased operations in 2009.

Phase 1 Expenditure 
County         Total Spend
Wicklow         €2,367.08
Meath             €2,399.69
Westmeath  €12,482.29
Sligo              €15,586.96
Carlow           €36,661.40
Longford          €5,882.99
Galway          €29,930.13
Cavan             €19,653.36
Kildare           €45,110.93
Kilkenny          €4,490.83
Kerry               €14,326.08
Wexford         €46,425.58
Louth              €44,942.97
Tipperary       €43,816.82
Limerick         €37,516.23
Cork               €112,445.39
Waterford        €7,062.07
Dublin           €220,285.53
Total              €717,496.15


Welcome to the RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development) Funding Page. Funding for this programme has now ceased. Please click on this link to view all Supports/Funding information which related to this programme.

         Enhancing Disability Services (EDS) programme


The Enhancing Disability Services (EDS) programme, which was administered by Pobal, was established in 2005 as a distinct programme for disability under the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
The EDS programme was aimed at voluntary, not-for-profit disability organisations operating at a regional/national level. The overall aim of the programme was to contribute to the development of improved services for people with disabilities through:
• Promoting the development of collaborative approaches and innovative linkages between existing infrastructure and new needs;
Improving co-ordination between existing disability organisations;
• Enhancing existing structures and developing operational capacity.

The programme was established to address the perceived fragmentation and lack of co-ordination and partnership working between voluntary organisations in the disability sector. To facilitate a move towards enhanced collaborative working within the sector a unique grants programme was created to enable organisations to work together to develop innovative projects and new models of good practice. This underlies the Department’s commitment to ensure a more efficient use of public funds in the disability sector, while simultaneously enhancing the provision of services to people with disabilities.

Projects funded under the individual rounds of the EDS programme were operational over a two-year period between 2005 and 2010. There was a total of four separate invitations for applications to the programme. Projects funded under the programme fall into three groupings; 21 projects under EDS Round 1; 10 projects funded under EDS Round 2 and 3 projects funded under the EDS Thematic Strand. In June 2008 there was a final call for applications to the EDS programme however, due to the economic climate and on-going challenges to the public finances at the time; it was not possible to proceed with the funding. The EDS programme ended in June 2010.

The EDS programme had a strong emphasis on shared working and innovation. Partnership was a focal aspect of the programme and is evidenced in the fact that the majority of projects had at least one formal partner and demonstrated different levels of co-operative working relationships with other organisations. EDS projects were innovative, in that they represented new and creative ways of delivering services, in addition to adapting international models of best practice to suit an Irish context. The projects were diverse in their actions and cover the three main areas of the disability sector – physical/sensory, intellectual and mental health difficulties.

 EDS projects developed significant a significant and impressive body of good practice and informative learning that is useful to share with other practitioners who are aspiring to work collaboratively in the disability sector. The publication, ‘A Guide to the Enhancing Disability Services Programme: Promoting Collaboration and Innovation across the Disability Sector,’ was developed by Pobal as a response to the challenge of disseminating and sharing worthwhile learning in a format that is accessible and easy to consult.

EDS Guide

        Rural Transport Programme (RTP) View all content related to this programme View

The RTP is funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) under the National Development Plan 2007-2013. The programme is managed by Pobal on behalf of the National Transport Authority (NTA). The RTP is delivered across the country through 35 community-based rural transport companies, all of which are run on a not-for-profit basis. The Rural Transport Programme aims to provide a quality nationwide community based public transport system in rural Ireland which responds to local needs.