Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (214)

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Question:

333 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the application procedures for a family resource centre; the criteria that have to be met in this regard; the type and level of funding available to such centres; the number of family resource centres in County Kerry and their names and addresses; the amount of funding allocated from her Department for each of the family resource centres in County Kerry each year for the past three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2401/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

The family and community services resource centre programme provides financial assistance to projects to assist with the staffing and equipping of local resource centres. Responsibility for the administration of the programme was transferred from my Department to the Family Support Agency upon its establishment on 6 May 2003.

The application procedure for inclusion in the programme involves a submission of a work plan together with a copy of the memorandum and articles of association. The work plan should include details of the aims and objectives of the project and a set of actions to achieve these aims. The plan should provide for review and evaluation on an ongoing basis. An outline of the management structure and the staffing of the project are also required.

The Family Support Agency has put forward a set of standardised criteria for the inclusion of projects in the programme and I am examining these currently. I will advise the Deputy when these criteria are approved.

A family resource centre may expect to receive funding to employ up to a maximum of two full-time workers and for some administration costs. In addition, a start-up grant of up to €27,500 may also be granted to a project in its first year. The amount of core funding is reviewed annually.

There are currently six family resource centres in County Kerry in receipt of core-funding under the programme. The level of funding provided over the past three years is set out in the following table.

2003

2002

2001

Castlemaine FRC,

102,166

74,140

47,893

Duagh FRC,

134,790

88,929

52,422

Presentation Family Centre

125,272

91,650

68,078

Shanakill FRC, Tralee,

72,613

60,900

64,463

St. Brigid's FRC, Tralee,

55,958

41,800

43,434

Kerryhead Ballyheigue FRC,

20,000

Nil

Nil