Minister O’Brien announces funding of €20.8 million for the community and voluntary sector

·       The Scheme to Support National Organisations 2022-2025 provides multi-annual core funding

·        81 national community and voluntary organisations will be funded under the Scheme

·        €20.8 million will be awarded over the three year period.

Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, today announced funding of €20.8 million over the coming three years to 81 national community and voluntary organisations.

The funding is under a new round of the Scheme to Support National Organisations and will run for a period of three years, until mid-2025.

At €20.8 million over the lifetime of the scheme, the funding is in excess of €2 million of the €18.8 million awarded under the 2019-2022 Scheme.

This new round also sees an increase in organisations funded with 81 organisations announced today, in comparison to 74 organisations awarded under the 2019-2022 Scheme.

The Minister was impressed by the high quality applications that were received for funding under the Scheme and was keen to make funding available to as many organisations, across as many categories, as possible.                   

Announcing the funding, Minister O’Brien said:

“I am glad to announce the successful 81 national Community and Voluntary organisations who will be receiving nearly €21 million in funding over the next three years. Critically, this multi annual funding is over a three year period to allow organisations to plan for a more sustainable timeframe.”

Applications were invited from community and voluntary organisations that operate at a national level with evidence of a nationwide membership.

The allocation of funding was largely based on evidence of need and value for money. This was to ensure that the funds were allocated to the organisations where they are most needed and to make the maximum contribution to the community and voluntary sector.

The SSNO provides multi-annual funding towards core costs of national organisations in the community and voluntary sector, to assist them to operate and fund core staff positions, administration and ongoing running expenses.

The Minister added:

This was a highly competitive process with over 230 applications received from organisations who provide vital services nationally.

“This essential Government investment will benefit organisations who operate in the health, disability, homelessness, children and young persons, older persons, equality and social inclusion sectors, amongst others.

“I am confident that the many people who benefit from the support and services delivered by these groups will see the value of this investment.”

 Details of the successful organisations can be found here

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