€10 million community and voluntary groups fund opens

Applications have opened for a €10 million fund designed to support community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises including those in Kildare, which have suffered as a result of the pandemic according to Senator Fiona O’Loughlin

The Covid Stability Fund 2021 is targeted at organisations in Kildare which deliver critical services to vulnerable people within their community but which now face closure or a loss of service due to the impact of the pandemic.

“ Our community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises deliver vital services right across the country and I want to ensure they receive the support necessary to help them get back on their feet post-Covid,” said Senator O’Loughlin

“There is a specific focus in this funding call on supporting organisations that have not previously received funding from the State since the onset of the Pandemic.

“As society reopens, the services provided by so many great organisations across the country will be more important than ever.”

According to Senator O’Loughlin priority will be given to organisations that have not previously received State support since the onset of the Pandemic.

Examples of the organisations that can apply include those that provide:

·         Family supports and supports for the elderly

·         Domestic Abuse and addiction services

·         Mental health and disability supports

·         Education supports in disadvantaged communities

·         Community centres that provide social services

The €10 million investment builds on the €45 million Covid Stability Fund 2020, which supported almost 600 organisations across the country.

More information about this fund is available on https://www.pobal.ie. Pobal works on behalf of Government to support communities and local agencies toward achieving social inclusion and development