The Community Services Programme (CSP) supports around 400 community organisations to provide local services through a social enterprise model, with funding provided as a fixed annual contribution to the cost of a manager and an agreed number of full-time equivalent (FTE) positions. Some €46 million is available under the programme in 2019.
I have no plans to make changes to, or end, current support under the CSP for the organisation in question. The organisation has a CSP contract that runs to 31 December 2020 and which provides funding towards the cost of a manager and five FTEs. That said, the organisation will be expected to engage with Pobal in 2020 as part of the normal CSP re-contracting process to determine the appropriate structure and level of support post-2020. Any requests for additional support can be considered as part of the re-contracting process in 2020.
My Department has recently commenced a review of the CSP programme. The review will consider how the programme fits with overall Government priorities as well as with my Department’s other community programmes and policy objectives. It will help inform decisions on the future shape and structure of the programme and will take six months to complete. I do not expect the review to impact on the organisation’s existing contract.