Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (381)

Brian Walsh

Question:

381. Deputy Brian Walsh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will outline details of all funding provided by his Department to mountain rescue organisations over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15288/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

In 2007 a Funding Scheme to Support National Organisations in the Community and Voluntary Sector was developed. This Scheme amalgamated and replaced previous Schemes operated under the White Paper on Supporting Voluntary Activity. Applications under this new Scheme were invited from community and voluntary organisations that operate at a national level with evidence of a nationwide membership. This Scheme ceased at the end of 2010 and a new three year funding Scheme was announced in December 2010 and commenced in July 2011. This Scheme will cease in June 2014, with a new Scheme commencing from 1 July 2014. Applications for this Scheme were received during February 2014 and the assessment process is currently on-going.

Funding under the Scheme provides for core operating costs comprising staffing costs, administration costs and on-going running costs and priority has been given to organisations providing key services to the disadvantaged. Mountain Rescue Ireland successfully applied for funding under both the 2007 Scheme and also the current Scheme that commenced in July 2011. The funding amounts provided in each of the past five years are contained in the table below.

Year

Funding provided €

2009

72,000

2010

64,800

2011

60,600

2012

70,000

2013

65,940

Question No. 382 answered with Question No. 372.