Minister Kyne announces funding of €115,000 for Volunteer Ireland to update their I-VOL database

The Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Sean Kyne, TD, today (11 September 2018) announced the provision of funding of €115,000 for Volunteer Ireland to update the I-VOL database.

This database, the operational costs of which are funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, is the national volunteering database. It is the daily working tool used by Volunteer Centres and Volunteer Information Services nationwide to post volunteering opportunities and match people who want to volunteer with organisations seeking volunteers… Continue reading.

Minister Ring announces new €1.5M measure to support rural voluntary groups which transport people for medical services

Fund will benefit people accessing cancer treatment and those with significant mobility issues 

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D., today (Friday) announced details of the Mobility and Cancer Care Transport Measure, which is part of his Department’s CLÁR Programme… Continue reading.

‘Kickstart’ Seed Fund Programme founded to support Social Enterprises

A new jobs initiative to support the development of social enterprises and increase employment for people with criminal convictions was launched in the Probation Service on 2 July.

The ‘Kickstart’ Seed Fund programme will provide matching grants of up to €30,000 to organisations providing employment to former offenders and persons leaving prison. A total of €300,000 has been approved for the programme under the Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme.

The closing date for receipt of applications under the ‘Kickstart’ Seed Fund programme has been extended to Friday, 31 August at 5 p.m.

Further details in relation to the scheme and the application process can be accessed here .