Mr Joe O Brien TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities has announced additional funding of €3.55m for the Community Services Programme (CSP) 2020 Support Fund. This brings the total amount allocated under the Fund to €4.75m.

Announcing the funding, the Minister said:

“I am delighted to be in a position to extend the Support Fund to assist CSP supported organisations who are struggling financially.  I am very aware of the challenges facing community organisations and I am committed to working closely with the sector in managing through these”.

In the normal course the Support Fund would provide an additional once off payment to help organisations who were struggling financially, however, as a result of COVID-19 it has been repurposed to provide assistance of up to €350 per Full Time Equivalent (FTE) position per week.

Almost €47 million will be provided under the Programme in 2020 to 425 organisations supporting over 2,030 positions.

The Minister concluded:

“The services that CSP organisations provide to their local communities are irreplaceable and I want to thank them all for their efforts.  I also want to take this opportunity to commend all those organisations that have remained open providing necessary supports such as Meals on Wheels and indeed increased their services during this crisis period.”

The funding will be administered over the coming weeks by Pobal, who manage the Programme on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development. All services currently supported under the CSP will be considered under the extension of CSP Support Fund. 

As stated, this extension of the Support Fund is to assist organisations who are struggling financially as a result of the ongoing restrictions and impacts caused by the COVID -19 pandemic to help meet the employment costs of the CSP supported employees.

The full announcement and press release is available here

Further information for services currently supported under the CSP is available here