Minister of State says community support is “more important than ever” amid rising costs. FindSexyJobs

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Minister of State at the Department for Rural and Community Development Joe O’Brien TD spoke about how rising inflation, fuel and energy costs are affecting community groups across the country.

The Minister was responding to a question recently tabled in the Dáil by Independent MP Seán Canney.

The minister said: “I am fully aware of the increase in the cost of living and the rising costs of recent months, especially rising energy prices.

“With this in mind, the support provided by the Department to help communities is more important than ever. The Department has been allocated €378 million for 2022, which will allow it to continue to deliver a wide range of measures to support communities and address emerging needs.”

“Last November we launched a €9m Community Action Fund as part of the Community Empowerment Programme. This fund enabled groups in disadvantaged areas to apply for funding for their running costs, such as utility bills or insurance.

“Groups could also apply for funding to carry out repairs and purchase equipment within their communities. It is anticipated that we will launch another program later this year.”

Minister O’Brien also mentioned the expansion of the Community Service Program Support Fund that he recently announced.

Another 1 million euros was added to that fund for the rest of this year, he said.

According to the minister, there are over 400 community service program projects across the country.

He said a key part of the department’s mission was to support social enterprises, noting that in July the minister, Deputy Humphreys, launched a €1.5 million program for social entrepreneurship.

The Minister said: “In addition, the Department continues to provide a wide range of support to communities, including but not limited to the Community and Voluntary Support Programme, the Community Empowerment Fund and the National Organization Support Scheme.

“I am confident that this financial support and the policies provided will continue to bring tangible benefits to all communities. The Department continues to work with rural and urban stakeholders to identify and respond to issues impacting communities.”

The minister concluded: “I will also continue to work with my government colleagues to monitor issues that impact on communities to respond to emerging needs.

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