I propose to answer Questions Nos. 346, 348 and 351 together.
I would refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 103 of 3 December 2002 in which I gave the following information:
For 2003 the grant areas for which my Department and agencies operating under it will have responsibility are as follows:
Community and Local DevelopmentCommunity Development Support Programmes
Once off grants to locally based community and family support groups
Scheme of Community Support for Older People
Grants for Training and Supports in the Community and Voluntary Sector
Grants for Federations and Networks in the Community and Voluntary Sector
Community Research Grant schemes operated by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs
PEACE II operated by Area Development Management Ltd.
Local Development Social Inclusion Programme operated by Area Development Management Limited
Rural Development SchemesCLÁR
Rural Development Fund
PEACE II operated by Area Development Management Limited
Farm Relief Services
Offshore IslandsCapital grants for economic and social development on offshore islands
Subsidies for operation of ferry/air services
My Department also funds the work of the local drugs task forces and the premises initiative for drugs projects. These plans are assessed by the national drugs strategy team and allocations are ultimately approved by the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion. The funding for the projects in LDTF areas is channelled through the relevant Department or State agency.
The western investment fund, administered by the Western Development Commission, provides loans and can take equity in companies though it does not actually provide grants.
Gaeltacht and Irish LanguageIrish language maintenance schemes in the Gaeltacht