Minister Joe O’Brien, Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, Welcomes Funding for Four Charities in Fingal

23rd September, 2020

Minister of State for Community Development and Charities and Green Party T.D for Fingal has warmly welcomed the allocation of over €126,000 to four organisations as part of the COVID-19 Stability Fund.

This funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund is designed to support community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The four organisations in Fingal are; Gravity Autism Support in Swords, Balbriggan Cancer Support Group, Donabate Portrane Community Centre CLG and Lusk Community Council.

Once-off cash injections of between €4,909 and €81,524 has been awarded to four organisations which provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society. This will help with short term cash flow issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

These organisations provide services in a diverse range of areas in Fingal including, disability services, health and wellbeing services, community supports, active retirement and elder care services as well as a range of social services and supports for disadvantaged individuals and communities

Speaking about the funding, Minister O’Brien said; “This funding is aimed at providing immediate assistance to community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises who provide critical services to those most vulnerable in Fingal.”

 

“This funding will hopefully help to support these organisations to allow them to continue to provide their invaluable services in our communities. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all of the organisations around the country that are helping our most marginalised and disadvantaged. Their work is critical as we try and manage our way through this pandemic and the impact of it.”

Due to the considerable interest in the COVID-19 Stability Fund and in order to ensure that funding is released as quickly as possible, applicants are being considered in smaller groupings and there remains a small number of organisations in Fingal that have applied for funding where further checks are ongoing. Additional tranches will be announced shortly.