22nd February 2018
€140,132 approved for Kerry under the Community Services Programme
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin has received confirmation from the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, that funding of €140,132 will be made available for new social enterprises here in Kerry.
Food share Kerry LTD and Killarney Asylum Seekers Initiative will both receive €70,066 each.
Minister Griffin said: “The Community Services Programme supports community organisations to provide local social, economic and environmental services through a social enterprise model.
“It focuses on service delivery to disadvantaged communities and target groups, helping to address disadvantage and long term unemployment.
“The Programme targets communities where public and private sector services are lacking, either through geographical or social isolation or because demand levels are not sufficient.
“It also enables the benefit of other public investment to be realised as in the case of investment in community centres and resources.
Announcing the funding, Minister Ring said “I am delighted to be able to award funding to these organisations under the Community Services Programme. It is the first time we have had an open call for proposals under the programme in more than a decade.
“The funding will support social enterprises that provide employment opportunities for specific disadvantaged groups and categories of people, such as the long-term unemployed, Travellers, those recovering from drug addiction and people with convictions, to name but a few.
“The funding I am announcing today is an excellent investment by Government. It’s a substantial contribution towards the cost of 36 full-time equivalent posts in the 12 successful organisations. It will help job-seekers return to employment and, importantly, will support the delivery of valuable services in communities.”
For Further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841