Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1012)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

1012. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the budget allocated to the parent and toddler grant scheme in each of the years 2016 to 2019; and the budget allocation for same in 2020. [45256/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Parent & Toddler Groups which are organised on a not-for-profit basis, and which involve the participation of parents in the local community, are eligible for grant aid from my Department.

These grants are available for the funding of:

- toys, equipment and books;

- training for parents, such as in paediatric first aid, committee skills and parenting courses; and

- children’s activities, including arts and crafts and music.

Limited funding is also available to contribute towards insurance, rent or minor refurbishment of the premises used by the Groups, up to a maximum of 30% of the total grant aid. These grants range from €100 to €1,000. Existing groups may apply for a maximum grant of €800. New start up groups may apply for a maximum grant of up €1000. The budget allocated to the parent and toddler grant programme in each of the years 2016 to 2020 is set out in the table below.

Programme Year

Budget Allocated Amount

Payments Granted

2016

€250,000.00

€224,419.00

2017

€250,000.00

€235,128.55

2018

€250,000.00

€244,538.00

2019

€250,000.00

€237,218.89

2020

€250,000.00