Dáil Éireann - Volume 623 - 06 July, 2006

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Ms C. Murphy asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the non-Governmental agencies or organisations his Department has provided funding to in 2004, 2005, and 2006; the amount of funding provided to each in each year; the number of applications for funding submitted to his Department in total; the number of these applications which were refused; the reason for same; the percentage of his Department’s overall annual budget such funding equates to; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27386/06]

  Mr. Brennan: The principal programme through which my Department provides funding to voluntary and community groups is the scheme of Grants for the Development and Promotion of Information and Welfare Rights. The purpose of the scheme is to enable my Department to contribute towards the funding of a number of nationally-based information organisations, including those involved with advice to emigrants. It also provides once-off funding to non-statutory [1616] information providers towards the cost of specific projects.

An amount of €1.142m, representing some 0.01% of the overall estimate for my Department, was allocated under the programme in each of the years 2004 and 2005 to 27 and 19 organisations respectively. In 2006 €1.362m has been made available to my Department for the scheme. Details of the applications received and the organisations funded in each of the years 2004, 2005 and to date in 2006 under the scheme are set out in the following table.

From time to time my Department administers special schemes of grants to support specific initiatives in relation to promoting social inclusion by voluntary and community organisations. In 2005, the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament and the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland received €740.55 and €21,000 respectively for initiatives relevant to the E.U. social inclusion programme for community action to encourage co-operation between member states in combating social exclusion.

In 2004, an additional allocation of €950,000 was provided to my Department in the Budget for a special awards scheme for local voluntary and community groups to mark the 10th anniversary of the United Nations International Year of the Family. Under the scheme some 800 groups received once off funding for initiatives celebrating the role of the family. A letter will issue to the Deputy shortly with the detailed information requested in relation to the scheme.

Grants for the Development and Promotion of Information and Welfare Rights

Applicant Organisations 2006

Amount

Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants

6,250

Irish Immigration & Pastoral Centre, USA

21,160

Immigrant Council of Ireland

14,000

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed

164,500

Kerry Emigrant Support Housing Association Ltd

9,000

Northside Community Law Centre (formerly Coolock C.L.C.)

360,000

Young Social Innovators

25,000

Southside Partnership

3,100

Emigrant Advice

193,947

The Safe-Home Programme

40,000

Athy Community Development Project Ltd.

0*

St. Mary’s School, Rathfarnham

0*

National Adult Literacy Agency

**

Age Action Ireland

**

One Family

**

Limerick Travellers Development Group

**

Mayo Emigrant Liaison Committee

**

Total

836,957

*Did not meet the scheme criteria.

**Currently under consideration.

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Applicant Organisations 2005

Amount

Coalition of Irish Immigrant Centres USA

25,000

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

80,000

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed

160,000

The Safe-Home Programme

80,000

Coolock Community Law Centre

360,000

Emigrant Advice

150,000

Southside Partnership

3,100

Aisling Irish Centre New York

18,000

National Adult Literacy Agency

36,909

Age Action Ireland

30,000

Emigrant Advice Network (ÉAN)

13,500

Mayo Emigrant Liaison Committee

20,000

Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas

32,000

Care Alliance

7,000

Donegal Integrated Services Project

80,000

One Family

1,350

Irish Sign Link

15,000

The Polish Information & Cultural Centre

15,000

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

15,141

Community Creations

0*

The Irish Emigrant Liaison Committee

0*

Total

1,142,000

* Did not meet the scheme criteria.

Applicant Organisations 2004

Amount

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed

150,000

Emigrant Advice

117,610

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

80,000

Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants

29,268

School Street/Thomas Court Bawn Family Resource Centre

2,500.00

Coolock Community Law Centre

215,000

The Carers Association

18,000

Donegal Integrated Services Project

80,000

Clondalkin Partnership

11,000

Immigrant Council of Ireland

60,000

Southside Partnership

2,800

The Safe-Home Programme

18,500

Social Inclusion Unit, Cork County Council

3,000

Cosgallen E Mayo Comm Dev Project

2,460

Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas

32,000

Mayo Emigrant Liaison Committee

25,000

Community Creations Ltd.

25,000

Emigrant Advice Network (ÉAN)

50,000

Tallaght Welfare Society

1,000

South Inner City Development Association (SICCDA)

20,000

National Adult Literacy Agency

17,222

Clare Youth Service

3,000

Irish Sign Link Ltd

68,640

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25,000

The Wheel

55,000

Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre

20,000

Kerry Emigrant Support Housing Association Ltd.

10,000

T.C.D. Psychology Department

0*

Total

1,142,000

* Did not meet the scheme criteria.

Question No. 385 answered with Question No. 376.