Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (653)

Michelle Mulherin

Question:

653. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Health the criteria used to assess an application to the Department of Health national lottery fund during 2012 by an organisation (details supplied) in County Mayo; the grounds for failure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31634/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

National Lottery applications are received by my Department from a range of community and voluntary organisations involved in various health related activities. The relevant Unit in my Department liaises with the appropriate personnel in the Health Service Executive to assess each individual application and consider whether the application should be recommended for funding. When the assessment has been completed and a recommendation has been made, I review each application and prioritise them according to their merits before awarding National Lottery funding.

My Department receives a large number of applications for National Lottery Funding each year and it is not possible to fund each one. If the organisation wishes to make an application for National Lottery Funding for 2013 they should send in a formal application. The closing date for completed applications is 12 noon on Friday 30th August 2013. Detailed procedures, along with the application form are set out on my Department's website - www.doh.ie