The group in question initially received a one year staffing grant, amounting to €65,000, in December 2002. It was asked to draw up a development plan which would show clear evidence of its focus on disadvantage as a prerequisite to further staffing grant assistance under the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme 2000-2006.
I understand that the group has submitted a draft development plan to Area Development Management Limited for consideration. I also understand that ADM Limited has been in contact with the group as the information supplied is not considered adequate to carry out a full appraisal of their application for further funding.
When the required information is supplied, the application will be prepared for submission to the programme appraisal committee, which is chaired by my Department, which in turn will make a recommendation to me on funding.
I advise the Deputy that support towards staffing costs under the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme 2000-2006 is only made available to community based projects which can show that they are addressing disadvantage and are assisting parents who are in employment, education or training.