Funding of €1.3 million for a range of national organisations has been secured for a further 12 months while work continues on establishing a new, sustainable funding programme.
The extension of the funding scheme – known as the ‘Scheme to Support National Organisations’ – has been welcomed by Fine Gael TD for Galway West and Mayo South, Seán Kyne who raised the issue with Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly in the Dáil last month. The Scheme provides funding of €1.32 million to a range of organisations working for communities impacted by health and disability issues.
“The decision by Minster Kelly to continue the Scheme to Support National Organisations for a further year provides certainty to the 32 organisations whose work impacts positively on communities across Galway. This decision continues the bridging funding that Minister Kelly put in place in summer 2014 which restored funding to many of the organisations while a review of the Scheme was underway. Significant number of constituents contacted me on behalf of organisations which are working in Galway including the Huntington’s Disease Association, the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and the Irish Mountain Rescue Association,” he said.