695 million in Government supports distributed through Pobal to local and national community-based organisations in 2018

Wednesday 13th November 2019: Today, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. launched the Pobal 2018 Annual Report alongside Chairperson of the Board of Pobal, Dr. Deiric O’Broin and Pobal CEO Ms Anna Shakespeare.

The report shows that in 2018, Pobal provided management and support services to approximately 25 programmes on behalf of four government departments, overseeing the administration and distribution of €695 million in funding to a range of national and local community-based organisations and early learning and care providers.

The 2018 Annual Report details both an increase in the amount of funding administered and the numbers of communities, families, individuals and children supported under the various programmes administered by Pobal.

Key findings from the Pobal 2018 Annual Report include:

  • Over 19,000 participants were approved for the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Seniors Alert Scheme, amounting to over €4.9 million
  • Almost 32,000 individuals received supports under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) which is overseen by the Department of Rural and Community Development and which had a budget of over €38 million in 2018
  • €486 million was administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs across Early Learning and Care programmes resulting in supports for 4,832 Early Learning and Care services.
  • 3,166 participants were employed under the Department of Social Protection’s Rural Social Scheme which had a budget of over €47 million in 2018

Speaking at today’s launch the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring T.D., whose Department has oversight of Pobal, said, “I am very pleased to launch Pobal’s Annual Report for 2018 which clearly shows how Pobal works in partnership with Government, including my own Department, to support and enhance communities and to address disadvantage. My Department and Pobal remain committed to working together to continue to provide quality supports for social inclusion initiatives, working alongside local stakeholders throughout the country”. 

Pobal has experienced significant growth since it was established 27 years ago, evolving in response to government priorities while continuing its commitment to the principles of social inclusion and community development. 

Pobal’s vision is one in which Pobal, Government and communities work together to create an inclusive society and ensure that funding, resources and supports are targeted to the most disadvantaged in our communities.

Dr. Deiric O’ Broin, Chairperson of Pobal said, “Throughout 2018, Pobal has continued in our commitment to providing an efficient and effective service for managing and administering Government funding to communities across Ireland. Our many years of experience and expertise has enabled us to provide management and support services to a growing range of programmes.”

“However, while there have been some improvements in Ireland’s social and economic landscape in recent years, areas still remain which continue to require targeting of funding and supports and collaborative solutions to build more inclusive communities”, added Dr. O’Broin.

Anna Shakespeare, Pobal CEO said: Since joining Pobal as CEO several months ago, I have been impressed by the experience, expertise and dedication of Pobal’s staff. I believe that this 2018 Annual Reports demonstrates in concrete terms our work as a unique intermediary organisation and shows our commitment to delivering on our mission to work with government, and local and national community organisations to combat social exclusion and improve outcomes for communities, families, individuals and children.”

Pobal’s 2018 Annual Report (English Version) can be downloaded here.

Pobal’s 2018 Annual Report (Irish Version) can be downloaded here.