Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Question 306: To ask the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will make funding available to a social services centre (details supplied) in Dublin 12 to carry out essential repairs so the centre can continue to provide its valuable services to the community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7570/09]
My Department funds a Programmes of Grants for Community and Voluntary Organisations. Priority is given to organisations with a focus on addressing disadvantage or where evidence of need has been clearly identified in their communities. It is possible that the work required to be undertaken by this organisation's premises could be funded either under the refurbishment scheme or under the scheme to support the replacement of equipment in community centres.
Details of the Programme are available on my Department's website (www.pobail.ie) under the section dealing with Community and Voluntary Supports. Given that criteria apply and funding is limited, it is not possible to establish if the centre in question is eligible until an application has been completed and submitted for consideration.