Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ceisteanna (199)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

199. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the consultation on the future direction of the scheme to support national organisations; when the consultation process will be finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21563/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) has a primary focus on the provision of core funding to national organisations that demonstrate good governance and deliver services and supports that have a focus on one or more of the following: addressing poverty, social exclusion and promoting equality. The current scheme is due to close in 2019 and my Department has invited submissions on the future direction of the SSNO from participants and other stakeholders.

This invitation was circulated on 1 May 2018 and stakeholders were informed that completed written submissions should be returned to my Department on or before 5pm, 31 May 2018. Submissions received will be taken into consideration in the design of the next iteration of the scheme.

Other key considerations in the re-design will be my Department’s Strategic Goals as set out in its Statement of Strategy 2017-2020 and the Government's policy objectives as outlined in Our Communities: A Framework Policy for Local and Community Development in Ireland (2015).