34 Mayo community organisations to receive over €3.3 million through Community Services Programme

The organisations who have received the funding.

The organisations who have received the funding.

Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has confirmed that 34 Mayo community organisations are set to receive a total of €3,352,741 through his Department’s Community Services Programme (CSP ) in 2019.

The CSP currently supports community-based organisations to provide vital services by providing a contribution towards the cost of their staff.

Minister Ring said: "This funding, which I have allocated to 34 community organisations across Mayo, will support invaluable work in local communities throughout the county. It is a lifeline for groups that support vulnerable and disadvantaged people within our county.

"The CSP provides a contribution towards the cost of staff to community-based organisations which provide a wonderful service to people across Mayo. This funding enables organisations to provide access to services and facilities that would otherwise generally be unavailable.

"Community organisations are supported under three strands: community halls and facilities, community services for disadvantaged communities and community organisations employing people distant from the labour market.”

Funding is provided to community organisations as a fixed contribution towards the cost of employing a manager and/or an agreed number of full-time equivalent positions (FTEs ).

Minister Ring continued: "I have recently appointed Indecon Consultants to carry out an independent review of the programme as no formal review has been carried out since it began in 2006. A formal review will ensure the programme is more closely aligned with current department and Government policy and better placed to meet community needs."

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