Over €1 million to assist organisations supported under the Community Services Programme- Minister Ring

Published 18 January 2019

Community Services Programme Support Fund will benefit over 980 full-time equivalent staff

 The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has today (Friday, 18 January) announced that he has approved funding in excess of €1 million to continue the Community Services Programme (CSP) Support Fund.

The CSP Support Fund will assist community organisations which are participants in the Community Services Programme and are struggling to meet the minimum wage levels.

The CSP supports community-based organisations to provide local social, economic and environmental services through a social enterprise model, providing a contribution towards the cost of staff in CSP supported organisations. It typically supports organisations to meet local service gaps and provide access to services and facilities that would otherwise generally be unavailable.

Examples of organisations that will benefit from the Support Fund include:

  • Tralee Community Care which provides daily hot meals to older people and to a local crèche and special needs school
  • Shuttle Knit, an organisation staffed by women from the traveller community in Co Wicklow which creates knitwear and embroidery
  • Energy Action which provides home insulation and energy efficiency services for older people in the Dublin area

Announcing the funding, the Minister said: “I’m delighted that the Government has decided to increase the national minimum wage once again. The CSP Support Fund will assist 263 CSP supported organisations. This is an increase of over 100 organisations from the 2016 levels.

“The Fund will greatly assist organisations that are struggling to meet the minimum wage levels. I have increased the contribution per full-time equivalent from €350 to €1,100.”

The Minister thanked the organisations supported under the Community Services Programme: “I have to commend the management and staff of the organisations supported through the Community Services Programme. They are carrying out invaluable work in their local communities.”

Pobal carried out an assessment of all CSP supported organisations and the CSP Support Fund was approved by the Department based on their recommendation.

The CSP Support Fund is being run on a once-off basis in 2019 pending the review of the CSP which will commence in February. The review will inform decisions on the future shape and structure of the programme.

In concluding, the Minister added: “My Department recently carried out an early consultation with key stakeholders and CSP supported organisations on the scope of the CSP review.  I would like to thank all the organisations who took the time to submit feedback. This element of the consultation process is now complete and the formal review will commence in February.”

A detailed list of qualifying organisations are set out in appendix i.



Notes to Editor

The CSP currently supports community-based organisations to provide local social, economic and environmental services through a social enterprise model, providing a contribution towards the cost of staff in CSP organisations.  It typically supports organisations to meet local service gaps and provide access to services and facilities that would otherwise generally be unavailable.  Eligible organisations are supported under three strands –

Strand 1 – Community Halls and Facilities

Strand 2 – Community Services for Disadvantaged Communities

Strand 3 – Community Organisations Employing People Distant from the Labour Market.

Funding is provided to community organisations as a fixed contribution towards the cost of employing a manager and/or an agreed number of full-time equivalent positions (FTEs).  The CSP provides €19,033 per FTE and €32,000 per manager.  The contribution is based on a 39 hour working week.  More than €46m is allocated to the programme in 2019, supporting approx. 1,650 FTEs and 300 manager positions.


The CSP contribution is not aligned with the minimum wage and CSP supported organisations are expected to contribute to the cost of the funded positions and pay a reasonable and adequate rate of pay in line with market rates. At a minimum, organisations must meet the minimum wage for all FTE positions.

The CSP Support Fund was established in 2016 to give organisations time to strengthen their revenue generating capacity and help them secure their long-term sustainability. Following a closed call for applications, some 160 organisations were approved for funding for a period of between one to three years. Support has been provided on a sliding scale over the period 2016 to 2018 as follows –

€1,100 per FTE for 2016

€700 per FTE for 2017

€350 per FTE for 2018

2019 Support Fund

Funding of €1,100 per FTE will be provided on a once-off basis to qualifying organisations in 2019. It is expected it will support c. 984 FTE positions in some 263 organisations. The cost of the fund will be c. €1.08 million.


Appeals Process

Organisations that were not successful in meeting the specified criteria to be included in the 2019 Support Fund, will be given an opportunity to appeal the decision. The deadline to appeal the decision is 12 p.m. on Friday 15th February 2019.


Appeals should be submitted to The Appeals Co-Ordinator, Pobal, Holbrook House, Holles Street, Dublin 2. For further details on the appeal process unsuccessful applicants should refer to the CSP Support Fund 2019 Appeal Guidelines on the Pobal CSP portal: CSP Support Guides

The successful organisations agreed by the Department of Rural and Community Development will be formally notified by Pobal.

Appendix i


Name of Organisation County Indicative Award
1428 Active Retirement Club Company Westmeath €2,200.00
Abbeyleix Heritage Company Laois €2,200.00
Access IT Company Waterford €4,400.00
Adare Recreation Limerick €2,200.00
Aislann Rann Na Feirsde Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Donegal €2,200.00
Ait na nDaoine Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Louth €4,950.00
Allenwood Community Development Association Company Kildare €4,950.00
An tSean Bheiric Teo Company Donegal €4,400.00
Area Renewal Company Clifden Company Galway €3,300.00
Arigna Mining Experience Company Roscommon €8,800.00
Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland Company Dublin €1,100.00
Association for the Development of Pettigo & Tullyhommon Company Donegal €2,200.00
Athenry Arts & Heritage Company Galway €3,300.00
Athlone Community Radio Company Westmeath €4,400.00
ATK Community Centre Company Westmeath €1,100.00
Avoca Community Hall Co. Company Wicklow €2,200.00
Avondhu/Blackwater Partnership Company Cork €2,200.00
Balbriggan Enterprise Development Group Dublin €1,100.00
Ballina Community Sports Centre Company Mayo €5,500.00
Ballina Heritage & Costume Company Mayo €5,500.00
Ballinagare Health & Leisure Centre Company Roscommon €4,400.00
Ballintrillick Environmental Group Company Sligo €3,300.00
Ballintubber Abbey Trust Designated Activity Company Mayo €4,400.00
Ballybeg Community Development Project Company Waterford €2,200.00
Ballycastle Community Hall Company Mayo €2,200.00
Ballyduff Muintir Na Tire Community Services Company Waterford €2,200.00
Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre Social Economy Company Dublin €8,250.00
Ballyheane Community Sports Club Company Mayo €2,200.00
Ballyheigue Social Economy Enterprises Company Kerry €5,500.00
Ballyhoura Development Company Limerick €2,200.00
Ballyhoura Rural Services Limerick €3,300.00
Ballyphehane Community Association Company Cork €8,800.00
Ballyroan Community And Youth Centre Company Dublin €3,300.00
Ballyspillane Community And Family Resource Centre Company Kerry €2,200.00
Bawnogue Youth And Community Centre Company Dublin €2,200.00
Bee Park Resource Centre Company Leitrim €3,300.00
Bere Island Old School Heritage Complex Company Cork €2,200.00
Birr Stage Guild Company Offaly €3,300.00
Brickens Logboy Tulrahan Housing Association Company Mayo €5,500.00
Burren Display Centre Limited Clare €3,300.00
Cahir Developments Association Company Tipperary €1,925.00
Cahir Park A.F.C. (Development) Company Tipperary €3,300.00
Cait Roscomain Company Roscommon €3,300.00
Camcas Company Cavan €3,300.00
Carrigtwohill Community Council Company Cork €2,200.00
Carrowmenagh Community Centre Company Donegal €1,650.00
Castleblayney Community Enterprise Company Monaghan €7,150.00
Castlecomer Demesne Company Kilkenny €4,400.00
Castleknock Community Centre Association Limited Dublin €2,200.00
Charleville Community Care And Garden Services Company Cork €6,600.00
Cherry Orchard Equine Centre Company Dublin €6,600.00
Children’s Group Link Company Waterford €2,200.00
Clár Regional Centre Company Mayo €4,400.00
Claremorris Community Radio Company Mayo €2,200.00
CLEAS Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Galway €4,400.00
Clonakilty Community Sports Association Company Cork €3,850.00
Clonakilty Enterprise Board Company Cork €11,000.00
Clones Development Society Limited Monaghan €3,300.00
Clones Erne East Community Sports Facility Management Company Monaghan €5,500.00
Cobh (Great Island) Community Centre Cork €2,200.00
Coiste Forbartha Dhobair Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Donegal €3,300.00
Colgan Community & Resource Centre Company Donegal €2,200.00
Comharchumann  Forbartha & Fostaíocht Árainn Mhór Teoranta Donegal €4,400.00
Comharchumann Forbartha Chill tSeadna Teoranta Mayo €5,500.00
Comhlacht Forbartha Aitiul Acla Mayo €3,300.00
Community Radio Castlebar F.M. Company Mayo €3,300.00
Cooley Complex Company Louth €2,200.00
Coolock Community Development Dublin €16,500.00
Corduff Community Campus Company Dublin €3,850.00
Cork Environmental Forum Limited Cork €2,200.00
Cork New Life Media Cork €1,100.00
Cormeen Community Development Company Meath €3,300.00
County Donegal Railway Restoration Company Donegal €3,300.00
County Kilkenny Leader Partnership Company Kilkenny €2,750.00
County Sligo Heritage And Genealogy Society Sligo €4,950.00
Creevy & District Community Development Co-Operative Society Limited Donegal €3,850.00
Crinkle Sports and Recreation Centre Limited Offaly €3,300.00
Croghan Organic Excel Company Roscommon €5,500.00
Crossmolina Community Council Company Mayo €3,850.00
Crossna Community Co-operative Society Limited Roscommon €4,400.00
Custom House Studios Company Mayo €2,200.00
Danesfort Community Care Centre Company Kilkenny €1,100.00
Deilg Inish Theatre Company Dublin €6,600.00
Delta Centre Company Carlow €6,600.00
Dolmen Rainbows Company Mayo €6,600.00
Dominic’s Community Centre Company Dublin €2,200.00
Drimarone Development Company Donegal €3,300.00
Dromcollogher And District Respite Care Centre Company Limerick €6,050.00
Drumgoon Community Centre Co-Operative Society Limited Cavan €2,200.00
Drumkeerin Handball Sports & Leisure Company Leitrim €2,200.00
Drumshanbo Community Childcare Facilities Company Leitrim €2,200.00
Dublin 15 Community Broadcasting Co-operative Society Limited Dublin €3,300.00
Dunboyne Community Centre Meath €4,400.00
Dundalk Media Centre Company Louth €4,400.00
Dunshaughlin Community Centre Company Meath €6,600.00
Easi Access Transport Company Wicklow €14,575.00
East Clare Community Co-Operative Society Limited Clare €4,400.00
Eco Mattress Recycling Company Dublin €4,400.00
Elphin Community Centre Company Roscommon €2,200.00
Energy Action Company Dublin €4,400.00
Erne Enterprise Development Company Donegal €6,050.00
Explore Inishowen Company Donegal €3,300.00
Farney Community Development Group Company Monaghan €6,600.00
Feachtas Ealaion Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Wexford €8,800.00
Finn Valley A.C. Company Donegal €8,800.00
Foodshare Kerry Company Kerry €2,200.00
Fort Dunree Military Museum Company Donegal €3,300.00
Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre Company Mayo €5,500.00
Galway Teleworking Co-Op Society Ltd Galway €2,200.00
Gleann Fhinne Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Donegal €5,500.00
Glencree Visitors Centre Company Wicklow €5,500.00
Glendalough & District Development Association Company Wicklow €5,500.00
Glenealy Village Hall (Carnegie Trust) Company Wicklow €2,200.00
Gowna District Council Company Cavan €1,100.00
Gowran Parish Enterprise Group Company Kilkenny €6,600.00
Greencastle Community Development Company Donegal €2,200.00
Hill Street Family Resource Centre Company Dublin €1,100.00
Holy Family Parish Community Crèche Company Louth €19,800.00
Hook Heritage Company Wexford €8,800.00
Hook Rural Tourism Company Wexford €2,200.00
I.R.D. Foilmore Kells Company Kerry €3,300.00
Inishbofin Community Services Programme Co. Company Galway €3,300.00
Inishowen Maritime Heritage Company Donegal €3,300.00
Inishturk Community Club Company Galway €3,300.00
Inver Community Centre Company Donegal €2,200.00
Ionad Ealaiona Iorras Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Mayo €4,400.00
Ionad Na nDaoine An tShlanaitheora Cuideachta FaoiTheorainn Ráthaíochta Louth €6,600.00
John F. Kennedy Trust Wexford €12,650.00
Kerry Flyer Company Kerry €8,250.00
Kerry Respite Care Company Kerry €8,800.00
Kilbride Community Centre Company Roscommon €4,400.00
Kilkenny Community Communications Co-Operative Society Limited Kilkenny €2,200.00
Killala Community Council (Newstart) Company Mayo €5,500.00
Kilmallock Performing Centre Company Limerick €2,200.00
Kilmovee Community Housing Company Mayo €3,300.00
Kilmuckridge Community And Family Resource Enterprise Company Wexford €1,650.00
Kilrush Amenity Trust Company Clare €5,500.00
Kingswood Community And Leisure Centre Company Dublin €2,750.00
Knockaderry Cloncagh Resource Centre Limerick Company Limerick €2,200.00
Knocknagoshel Sports And Recreational Association Company Kerry €2,750.00
Knocknamanagh Company Cork €2,200.00
Lacken Sports And Recreation Association Company Mayo €1,650.00
Lakers Social And Recreation Club Company Wicklow €3,300.00
Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Donegal €8,250.00
Latton Social Services and Development Company Monaghan €1,100.00
Learning Hub Limerick Company Limerick €2,200.00
Lehanemore Community Co-Operative Society Limited Cork €2,200.00
Liffey Sound Communications Co-Operative Society Limited Dublin €1,100.00
Limerick Youth Service Limerick €4,400.00
Lisdoonan Recreation And Development Association Company Monaghan €4,400.00
Lisdoonvarna Failte Company Clare €2,200.00
Lismore Heritage Company Waterford €5,500.00
Listowel Community Centre Company Kerry €7,700.00
Little Island Community Association Company Cork €2,200.00
Living Life Voluntary Counselling Centre Company Wicklow €6,050.00
Longford Women’s Link Company Longford €4,400.00
Lucan Disability Action Group Company Dublin €9,350.00
Lullymore Heritage And Discovery Park Company Kildare €6,600.00
Malin Head Community Association Company Donegal €1,100.00
Masamba Samba School Social Economy Programme Company Dublin €2,200.00
Mayo Celtic Holidays Limited Mayo €2,200.00
Mayo North Family Heritage Centre Company Mayo €6,050.00
Mervue United Football Club Company Galway €9,350.00
Michael Coleman Heritage Centre Company Sligo €7,700.00
Michael Cusack Development Company Clare €3,300.00
Midland Warmer Homes Company Westmeath €4,400.00
Midleton My Place Limited Cork €2,200.00
Milford & District Resource Company Donegal €3,300.00
Millenium Family Resources Tipperary €2,200.00
Moate Community Development Association Company Westmeath €2,200.00
Mobile IT Company Limerick €3,300.00
Mohill Family Support Centre Company Leitrim €2,750.00
Mountmellick Community Sports Complex Company Laois €2,200.00
Moy Innovations Company Mayo €6,050.00
Muff Community Development Co-op Society Limited Donegal €3,850.00
Muirhevnamor Community Council Company Louth €2,200.00
Mulhuddart Community Centre Company Dublin €6,600.00
Mullingar Recycling Resource Centre Company Westmeath €6,600.00
Multiple Sclerosis North West Therapy Centre Company Sligo €4,400.00
National LGBT Federation Company Dublin €4,400.00
Ncbi (National Council For The Blind ) Group Cork €2,200.00
Nenagh Arts Centre Company Tipperary €4,400.00
New Ross Needlecraft Company Wexford €3,300.00
North East Dublin Community Services Initiative Company Dublin €7,150.00
North Leitrim Glens Development Company Leitrim €3,850.00
North Offaly Community Development Network Company Offaly €5,500.00
Old Coolattin Country Company Wicklow €4,400.00
Omeath District Development Company Louth €3,850.00
Oranmore Community Development Association Company Galway €5,500.00
Oughterard Leisure Centre Company Galway €3,300.00
Outhouse Company Dublin €3,300.00
Over the Water Sports Centre Company Kerry €2,200.00
P.A.C.E. (Prisoners Aid Through Community Effort) Limited Dublin €2,200.00
Patrickswell Community Council Company Limerick €2,200.00
Pobail Pairtiocht Iar Dheisceart Dhun Na Ngall Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Donegal €1,100.00
Quarryvale Community Resource Centre Company Dublin €2,200.00
RCCN (Housing) Company Limerick €4,400.00
Ringsend And Irishtown Community Centre Company Dublin €6,600.00
Riverstown Enterprises Development (Sligo) Company Sligo €3,300.00
Roscommon Integrated Development Company Limited Roscommon €4,400.00
Rossinver Community Development Company Leitrim €2,200.00
Rossinver Youth Project Leitrim €2,200.00
S.D.C.C. Company Mayo €2,200.00
Saint Ultan’s Childcare Project Dublin €6,600.00
Seirbihisi Curam Chill Chomain Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Mayo €6,600.00
Senior Citizens Concern Company Wexford €11,000.00
Sesame Building Services Company Roscommon €12,650.00
Shuttle Knit Company Wicklow €6,600.00
Simonstown Gaels Gfc Management Company Meath €3,300.00
Skreen Dromard Development Company Sligo €2,200.00
Sliabh Sneacht Centre Company Donegal €2,200.00
Sliabh-Ardagh Rural Development Company Tipperary €2,200.00
South East Galway Integrated Rural Development Company Galway €4,400.00
South Meath Social Economy Company Meath €11,000.00
South West Clare Community Radio Company Clare €4,400.00
South Westmeath Employment Education And Training Services Company Westmeath €3,850.00
Spórtlann Naomh Anna Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Galway €2,200.00
St Aidans Wexford €2,200.00
St Brigid’s Hall Tubbercurry Company Sligo €1,100.00
St Brigids Youth and Community Co-op Society Limited Donegal €3,300.00
St Joseph’s Community Association Company Cork €1,100.00
St Josephs Community Centre Company Wexford €2,200.00
St. Canice’s Community Action Company Kilkenny €3,300.00
St. Josephs Boys Afc Company Dublin €6,600.00
St. Olivers Community Centre Company Meath €2,200.00
St. Benedict’s Resource Centre Company Dublin €1,100.00
Stephenstown Pond Trust Company Louth €3,300.00
Templemichael Parish Resources Company Longford €2,200.00
Templeshannon Community And Childcare Centre Company Wexford €4,400.00
The Ballyfermot Community Association Dublin €1,100.00
The Clara & District Recreation Association Company Offaly €2,750.00
The Community Enterprise Society Company Dublin €3,850.00
The Employment Development and Information Centre (Longford) Company Longford €6,600.00
The Forge Family Resource Centre Pettigo Company Donegal €1,100.00
The Melting Pot Community Society Limited Roscommon €3,300.00
The National 1798 Historical Centre Company Wexford €3,300.00
The Organic Centre Company Leitrim €3,300.00
The Shanty Educational Project Company Dublin €16,500.00
The Web Project Company Dublin €2,750.00
Tinahely Courthouse Company Wicklow €1,100.00
Tipperary Mid-West Radio Co-Operative Society Limited Tipperary €3,300.00
Tipperary Technology Park Company Tipperary €2,200.00
Togra Fiontar & Cultur Uladh Cuideachta Faoi Theorainn Ráthaíochta Donegal €2,200.00
Tralee Community Care Action Company Kerry €11,000.00
Treo Nua Company Laois €3,300.00
Treo Portlairge Limited Waterford €2,200.00
Triest Press Co. Ltd Roscommon €2,200.00
Truagh Development Association Company Monaghan €4,950.00
Tulsk Action Group Company Roscommon €4,400.00
Una Bhan Tourism Co-Op Society Roscommon €4,400.00
Valentia Community Health And Welfare Association Company Kerry €2,200.00
Villierstown Education & Culture Project Company Waterford €2,200.00
Walkinstown Association For People With An Intellectual Disability Company Dublin €3,300.00
Waterford L.E.D.C. Company Waterford €2,475.00
West And South Offaly Community Network Company Offaly €3,850.00
West Clare Family Resource Centre Company Clare €4,400.00
West Offaly Training Company Offaly €2,750.00
Westside Age Inclusion Company Galway €3,850.00
Wexford Arts Wexford €2,200.00
Wexford Heritage Trust Wexford €4,400.00
White Oaks Acorn Project Company Donegal €7,700.00
Whitechurch Community And Youth Centre Company Dublin €2,200.00
Windmill Therapeutic (Training) Unit Company Wexford €2,337.50