Over 100 organisations will receive once-off cash injections under new funding announced as part of the Covid-19 Stability Fund.
The 4.1 million support package is aimed at providing immediate assistance to community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic.
Cash injections of between €2,000 and €200,000 are being awarded to qualifying organisations that provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society.
This is designed to help with short term cash flow issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
These organisations provide services in a diverse range of areas including addiction support, disability services, health and well-being, youth services and social services and supports for disadvantaged individuals and communities.
Some of the successful applicants include Empowerment Plus, Navan Travellers Workshops Company Limited By Guarantee, A Little Lifetime Foundation and Comhairle Ceantar na nOileán Teo.
Speaking about the new funding, Minister Heather Humphreys said: “I am delighted to join with my colleagues, Ministers O’Gorman and O’Brien, to announce this support package aimed at organisations that provide hugely valuable services to our most vulnerable communities.
“The purpose of the stability fund is to provide immediate, short term cash flow to those organisations that are unable to carry out their usual fundraising or trading activity as a result of the restrictions imposed by the COVID pandemic.
“I would like to express my deep gratitude and admiration for these organisations for the work that they do and I hope the funding provided today will assist them to continue to provide their valuable services to communities all over Ireland.”
Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman welcomed the announcement of supports to organisations in the community.
“Organisations in this sector have played a central role in the wider community response to the Covid 19 pandemic, in many cases supporting isolated and often vulnerable people,” he said.
“They are deserving of our deep appreciation for the valuable work that was carried out in very difficult circumstances. I hope that the supports that I and my colleague Minister Humphreys are announcing today will assist these organisations as they continue with their good works”.