Ministers Humphreys and O’Brien announce over €700,000 in COVID Stability funding for community and voluntary groups

On Wednesday, December 22nd 2021, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State Joe O’Brien TD, announced over €700,000 in funding for 23 community and voluntary organisations to assist them with the impact of COVID-19.

This latest tranche of COVID Stability Funding arises from the completion of an appeals process and will see cash injections of between €2,000 and just over €90,000 being awarded to organisations that provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society.

  • Some 23 organisations across the country to benefit from immediate cash injection
  • Funding means 267 organisations have benefitted from investment of €7,190,501 in 2021

Among the groups approved for funding are:

  • The Glen Resource Centre, Co. Cork– €90,101
  • Darndale-Belcamp Village Centre, Co. Dublin – €86,051
  • Limerick Island Community Partners, Co, Limerick – €63,493
  • Mayo Cancer Support Association, Co Mayo –  €26,131
  • East Coast Samaritans, Co. Wicklow – €6,600
  • Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre, Co. Donegal – €18,273

Announcing the funding today, Minister Humphreys said:

“As we continue to navigate the many challenges brought about by this pandemic, community groups and charities across the state have never stopped working. They have adapted where necessary so they could continue to provide critical services to vulnerable people and communities.

“This funding being announced today will help these organisations to face into 2022. We must not forget that community and voluntary organisations, and most importantly their volunteers, work harder than ever during the Christmas and New Year Period. I’d like to sincerely thank the volunteers for all the work they do.

“Supporting our community organisations has, and will continue to be an essential part of ‘Our Rural Future’. I look forward, along with Minister O’Brien, to announcing more funding for our community groups in 2022.”

Minister O Brien added:

“Community and Voluntary organisations are a cornerstone of every community in Ireland. Normal people step up and do extraordinary things. Never has this been more evident than in how they have persevered in serving vulnerable people throughout the uncertainty and difficulties brought by COVID-19.

“I know how important this funding is to these organisations, and I know it will go some way to helping them meet the needs of their communities at this difficult time.”

This third and final tranche, which concludes the appeals process, brings the total number of organisations supported with COVID 19 stability funding in 2021 to 267, with an investment of €7,190,501.

The funding has been provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered through Pobal.

While this fund has now closed, other funding streams, such as the Community Activities Fund recently announced by the Department of Rural and Community Development, and administered through Local Community Development Committees, continue to provide support to community and voluntary organisations. A full list of community and voluntary organisations awarded COVID-19 Stability Funding is available on gov.ie: here.

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