• Some 65 organisations to benefit from cash injections of between €2,000 and €200,000
  • Supports aimed at groups that provide critical services within the community
  • More than €48 million now provided in COVID Stability funding since onset of the pandemic

Over €2 million in funding is to be provided to 65 community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, which have seen their incomes suffer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID Stability funding was jointly announced today by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, and Minister of State with special responsibility for Charities and Community Development, Joe O’Brien TD.

The €2 million investment means that a total of €48.5 million has now been provided in COVID-19 Stability funding to hundreds of organisations since the onset of the pandemic.

The funding is being provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) and administered through Pobal.

Under this tranche of funding, cash injections of between €2,000 and €200,000 are being awarded to qualifying organisations that provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society.

These organisations – which span across a range of sectors – have been hit with short term cash flow issues as a result of the pandemic.

Among the groups approved for funding are:

  • St John’s Caring Centre, Carlow – €23,373
  • Dublin Neurological Institute – €100,000
  • Irish United Nations Veterans Association, Dublin – €50,000
  • Avoca Community Hall, Wicklow – €2,592
  • Lisheens House Drop In Centre, Cork – €36,143
  • Halla Paroiste Cill Chartha, Donegal – €3,974
  • Curam Clainne Company, Mayo – €25,376
  • Castleblaney Community Enterprise, Monaghan – €12,956

Announcing the funding today, Minister Humphreys said:

“Over a year and a half since the start of the pandemic, community groups and charities across the State have worked harder than ever to continue providing critical services to vulnerable people and communities.

“Many of these organisations experienced a fall in their incomes due to the impact of COVID-19 and are struggling. This funding that my colleagues and I are announcing today will assist these organisations to continue to operate.

“The funding represents an important lifeline for many organisations that continue to play a critical role, supporting and assisting tens of thousands of our citizens.

“It also underpins commitments in the Government’s Rural Development Strategy, ‘Our Rural Future’, to support our communities as we rebuild post COVID-19.”

Minister McGrath continued:

“The Government recognises the enormous contribution made by community and voluntary groups in delivering vital services, particularly during very difficult times.

“COVID-19 has brought challenges not just to communities, but to organisations that serve them and this funding is vital in order to stabilise the financial position of many of these groups.  

“I welcome the allocation of much needed resources today, knowing the positive impact it will have.”

Minister O Brien added:

“Community and Voluntary projects have been a crucial element of Ireland’s emergency response to the pandemic. In the cities, towns and villages around Ireland, these groups have been working behind the scenes to ensure that people can get the help and support that they need.

“I know this funding will provide the space needed by these organisations to continue focusing on the people that depend on them.

“As the country moves to a new phase of living with COVID-19 and restrictions are eased, my Department will continue to work with community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, building on our mission to promote rural and community development and to support vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities throughout Ireland.”

A full list of successful COVID-19 Stability Fund applicants is available on gov.ie.