Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

John Bruton

Question:

112 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the breakdown on an individual allocation basis for each of the measures included in his budget Estimates for 2003 under subhead J grants for community and voluntary service; the allocations sought on an individual basis and the cuts made on an individual basis to account for this reduction from ?34.9 million of ?25.9 million, a reduction of 16% for this budget heading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3782/03]

David Stanton

Question:

142 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will make a statement on the community development support programmes, under budget subhead national lottery funded U1, outlining in detail the reasons for the reduction in expenditure from ?25.075 million to ?23 million as outlined in a document (details supplied). [3664/03]

The breakdown on an individual allocation basis for each of the measures included in the budget Estimates for 2003 under subhead J, formerly subhead U, is provided in the following table. The table also includes details of the expenditures in 2002 and the amount sought in the Estimates for 2003 as requested by the Deputy. Subhead J1 includes the community development support programmes, grants to locally based community and family support groups, training and support services to the community and voluntary sector, funded under the White Paper for volun tary activity, national networks of federations of community and voluntary groups funded under the White Paper for voluntary activity, C and V supports for implementation and advisory group and funding for national organisations working for the re-integration of prisoners. The precise allocation of funding as between the individual schemes for 2003 has yet to be determined as this will be dictated by the level of applications for grants to be advertised shortly.
The figure of €25.07 million, which is mentioned in the briefing for a meeting in September 2002 with the estimates review committee, included provision for the family and community services resource centre, FRC, has in fact remained under the remit of the Department of Social and Family Affairs. The scale of the reduction in funding to the community development support programmes is therefore less significant than figures suggests.
Subhead J

Programmes

Amount Spent2002€

Amount Allocated2003€

Amount Sought2003€

Community and Voluntary Support Programme (JI)

25,307

25,281

29,916

Scheme of Community Support for Older People

2,689

3,444

4,444

Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Protestant Aid

1,334

1,333

1,333

Cost of Conference

126

Nil

127

Fees and expenses of the Dormant Accounts Board

26

30

30

Grant to Community Foundation of Ireland

1,000

Nil

Nil

Total

30,482

30,088

35,850