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Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Family Resource Centres

Photo of Violet WynneViolet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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459. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the breakdown of funding across all operations allocated to family resource centres by his Department in each county in each of the years 2017 to 2021, in tabular form. [62674/21]

Photo of Roderic O'GormanRoderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, administers the Family Resource Centre (FRC) Programme. The programme provides funding supports to 121 FRCs across the country. Core funding for the national FRC Programme is provided from my Department (Vote 40) with the allocation of approximately €18m annually to Tusla. FRCs may receive funding from Tusla, other than core funding, including occasional one-off supports, for example in the context of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021 and from Dormant Accounts funding.

My Department provides funding directly to service providers (including FRCs) which deliver childcare services under the National Childcare Scheme (NCS), the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Programme and the Community Childcare Scheme Plus (CCSP) Saver Programme. Services operating any of the aforementioned programmes would also be eligible to apply for Programme Support Payments. In recent years FRCs may also access youth funding programmes, including Youth Affairs 'Follow Your Dreams project'.

I can confirm that funding provided by my Department directly to FRCs includes the following breakdown by county for Sustainability Funding, Communities Integration Fund, LGBTI Community Services Fund, LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Scheme, National Integration Fund and What Works.

County 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Carlow 3,500 3,870 10,000
Cavan 3,700 22,472
Clare 96,102 25,679 8,198 10,596 5,000
Cork 21,117 10,000 16,440 22,158 125,210
Donegal 1,400 2,260
Dublin 4,395 9,500 15,000 13,000 39,430
Galway 10,000 5,000 5,000 4,993 4,644
Kerry 22,134 12,628 72,620
Kildare 3,700 13,560
Kilkenny 1,280
Laois 4,750 2,970
Leitrim 1,000 3,580
Limerick 36,182 5,000 5,000 51,246 15,000
Longford 16,200 21,200
Mayo 3,700 3,500 34,332
Meath 34,693 20,616 14,980
Monaghan 3,000
Roscommon 5,000
Sligo 5,000 5,000 5,000 11,062
Tipperary 10,000
Wexford 6,960
Wicklow 4,260 1,617
* Clare, Limerick, Tipperary 15,000
Total 215,180 89,872 83,254 143,951 438,177

The data is aggregated from funding provided to applicants clearly identified as FRCs.

* Payment of €15,000 made to Mid-West FRC Regional Forum (a network between the 9 FRCs in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary)

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