Minister Heather Humphreys has announced over €1.5 million in funding to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and Protestant Aid.
SVP will receive funding of just over €1.4 million, while Protestant Aid will get €180,000.
Minister Humphreys said that the funding is in recognition of the contribution that SVP and Protestant Aid make to alleviate poverty in Ireland.
She said that it will help both organisations to continue to work with and support some of the most vulnerable people in society.
“This funding is particularly important given current cost of living increases and will help SVP and Protestant Aid with, for example, the provision of food support, household and education support, as well as addressing energy and fuel poverty,” said Minister Humphreys.
“I want to acknowledge and thank both organisations for the fantastic work they do, ensuring families who find themselves in hard times are supported in every way possible.”
Rose McGowan, National President of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, said that the continuing support from the Department of Rural and Community Development is a very welcome and an extremely important contribution to SVP’s work in assisting struggling individuals and families throughout Ireland.
“This is especially important given the current impact of the cost of living increases on the people we support,” she said.
“It is a challenging time for those people with imminent back-to-school costs and the prospect of further energy increases.
“The support from the Department is allocated throughout the country, ensuring we are able to assist where the need is greatest.”