Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO)

The Scheme to Support National Organisations’ overall aim is to provide multi-annual funding towards the core costs of national organisations in Ireland to the community and voluntary sector to assist them to operate and fund core staff positions.

SSNO has an overall budget of in excess of €16m from 2016-2019 and is financed by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) and administered by Pobal.

SSNO’s primary focus is on the provision of core funding to national organisations that,

  • provide supports (both direct and indirect) to those who are disadvantaged
  • demonstrate good governance
  • deliver services and supports that have a focus on one or more of the following:
    • addressing poverty
    • addressing social exclusion
    • promoting equality

A full list of the 71 organisation’s currently funded by SSNO can be accessed here.

The current round of funding runs from 1st July 2016 until 30th June 2019.


SSNO 2019 – 2022

Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, on 31st May, 2019 announced funding of €18.5m over the coming three years to 73 national community and voluntary organisations.

The funding is under a new round of the Scheme to Support National Organisations in the Community and Voluntary Sector and it will run for a three year period until mid-2022. See Department of Rural and Community Development website for further details of organisations funded here.

If you have any queries, please contact or 01 511 7222.


Programme Contact Details

Pobal Support

T. 01 511 7222