Tuesday, 11 April 2000
Dáil Eireann Debate
324. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs the number of community groups which he hopes to support by way of grant aid in 2000; the location of these groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10861/00]
Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs (Mr. D. Ahern): My Department has for a number of years operated a range of grants schemes and community development support programmes which concentrate on a wide range of support for local self-help groups, community development, welfare rights and information work, and on the provision of seed money to enable community groups to pilot initiatives identified as meeting new and emerging community needs. The 2000 scheme of grants was advertised extensively in the national and provincial newspapers on 27 January 2000. Closing date for receipt of applications was 10 March 2000. Applications are currently being assessed in the regional offices of my Department.
Community groups seeking funding under the various grants schemes operated by my Department are required to have an anti-poverty focus and to promote the participation of people experiencing poverty and social exclusion. In assessing applications received under the various schemes, my Department must establish the extent to which groups, and the particular project for which funding is sought, addresses such poverty and exclusion. In allocating funding it is also necessary to take account of the overall demands under the schemes and the level of funding available to meet these demands.
As a large number of applications have been received, it is not possible at present to indicate  the number, location or possible beneficiaries of grant aid. Groups will be advised by the relevant regional office on the position of their application as soon as all applications have been assessed. Details of all grants made under the various schemes have been made available to the Oireachtas Library each year to 1999 for the information of members. Details of all the 2000 grants will be likewise made available early in 2001.
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