Tuesday, 25 April 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
538. Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the grants available through his Department that might be appropriate to a project (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14644/06]
543. Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will make a statement on avenues of possible funding for a co-ordination of service for a school operating in a disadvantaged area which was not successful in obtaining funding from the dormant accounts fund (details supplied). [15249/06]
The funding proposal for the Loreto Centre does not come within the remit of the programmes directly administered through my Department. The project might be suitable for funding under the local development social inclusion programme which is implemented at local level by area based partnerships. It is a matter in the first instance for the relevant partnership company — the KWCD partnership — to assess whether the project would fall within its strategic plan for the area.
539. Mr. N. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs his views on approving grant aid to a pipe band (details supplied) in County Cork who need to replace their uniforms. [14648/06]
The programme of grants for locally-based community and voluntary organisations, which is operated by my Department, includes a scheme under which funding towards the purchase of equipment is provided. The operation of the programme is under review at present and I hope that my Department is in a position to advertise the 2006 programme in the coming months. Under the scheme there is an open application process and applications are assessed objectively against published criteria.
When the 2006 programme is advertised, application forms and detailed guidelines regarding the scheme, including the criteria against which each application will be assessed, will be made available on my Department’s website at www.pobail.ie. At that stage, it will be open to the group in question to consider, in the light of this information, making an application for funding under the programme.
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