Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection

Engagement with Chairperson Designate of Pobal

Photo of Paul DonnellyPaul Donnelly (Dublin West, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I thank Ms Mannion for the presentation and I welcome her to the role. I have been involved in many community development projects over a good number of years. There is sometimes a sense that while the funding community projects are looking for is not a significant amount of money, the process they have to go through to go apply for that funding is not worth the time, energy and commitment they have to put in to complete the documentation and to go through all of that process. Is there anything we can do, when it is a relatively small amount of money, to support such projects? They sometimes just do not bother because it is too difficult for them. They may be very small projects with maybe a manager and two or three staff. They are managing the project and trying to grow, develop and build, and the Pobal funding would be a very small amount of their overall mainstream funding. Could I have feedback on that?


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