Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Questions (190)

Michael Moynihan


190. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he will meet with a delegation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25874/18]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Community Services Programme (CSP) supports some 400 community organisations to provide local services through a social enterprise model, with funding provided as a contribution to the cost of a manager and an agreed number of full-time equivalent positions.

The organisation concerned submitted a business plan to Pobal in March 2017 as part of the normal CSP Re-Contracting Process for 2018-2020.  The business plan did not satisfy CSP criteria and the organisation was awarded a one-year contract to end-December 2018.

The organisation may submit a revised business plan to Pobal as part of the re-contracting process for 2019-2020.  To this end, a business plan template was provided to the organisation in May 2018, with a completed business plan expected to be submitted to Pobal in July 2018.

Pobal will assess the business plan against CSP criteria and will forward a recommendation to my Department for decision thereafter. In the meantime, and in lieu of a meeting, I encourage the organisation to engage positively with Pobal during the re-contracting process to maximise the CSP funding available to the organisation.