The Department supports volunteer centres in 21 counties as well as a number of national organisations such as Volunteer Ireland and Young Social Innovators. The funding of these organisations is designed to strengthen and foster volunteerism in Ireland, building a support structure that would develop volunteering locally from the bottom up.

The organisations in each county play a central role in facilitating and supporting the development of volunteering in their areas. In addition funding to support a number of Volunteer Information Services (VISs) is allocated through Volunteer Ireland to allow for the promotion of volunteering in counties which do not have a fulltime Volunteer Centre.