Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

Departmental Funding

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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289. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of applications and inquires received by his Department directly or bodies under his aegis for funding to date in 2019; the extent to which he expects to be in a position to meet these demands in full; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44123/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The Department of Rural and Community Development was established in 2017 to support the creation of vibrant and sustainable communities across this country and is committed to the successful delivery of a number of programmes which have provided financial and other supports to community groups and organisations across the country.

My Department delivers a coherent package of supports to strengthen rural and urban communities. These supports enable economic growth and development and also support communities to address gaps in meeting social needs, including those caused by higher levels of deprivation.  

Over €230 million was invested by the Department in 2018 in rural and community supports, across a range of programmes and initiatives.  In 2019 funding supports from my Department increased by 26% to €291 million. This is allowing for even more supports to be provided this year which will meet the projected out-turn, for my Department and its agencies, based on the level of demand.  The exact figures for applications and of enquiries will be forwarded separately to the Deputy.

I was delighted to secure a further increase of 6% to €308 million for 2020 which demonstrates that Government commitment to investing in communities will continue.

My Department will continue to support our communities to become and remain sustainable and desirable places to live, work and raise families and we are committed to reviewing funding priorities on an ongoing basis to ensure supports remain targeted at those most in need.

Details of all these programmes, including eligibility criteria, how to apply, and other information, can be found on the Government's website, gov.ie.


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