Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Communities in Galway to benefit from Government funding of €18.5 million for NGOs and community and voluntary organisations

Communities in Galway will benefit from the €18.5 million funding that the Government has allocated to NGOs and civil society organisations. The funding has been provided under the Scheme to Support National Organisations administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development and will support 73 non-profit and community-focused organisations over the next three years.

As a former minister at the Department of Rural and Community Development I know the importance of the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) to NGOs and community and voluntary organisations that work for the benefit of communities – including communities of interest – across the country.

I am delighted that my colleague, Minister of State Seán Canney has secured an extra €1.8 million for this Scheme which brings the total funding to €18.5 million for the next three years.

The Scheme is vital for NGOs and community-focused organisations as it helps with core operating costs and enables the organisations to advocate for and to support communities, including older persons, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, immigrants, among others.

A number of the organisations receiving funding include Galway-based children’s cancer support charity, Hand in Hand, and the city-based Rape Crisis Network Ireland. Other organisations have a presence in Galway or directly support people here such as the Free Legal Advice Centres, Special Olympics Ireland, Threshold, the Irish Hospice Foundation and Anam Cara (the parental and sibling bereavement support group), among others.

However, while the Scheme is a national one, the reality is that many of the organisations benefiting in turn support local organisations. The Care Alliance Ireland, for example, counts Clann Resource Centre in Oughterard and the city-based Galway Head Injury Support among its members. Similarly, Active Retirement Network in Ireland is the national organisation supporting over 30 local active retirement groups in Galway while the Galway Volunteer Centre is represented by the Volunteering Ireland organisation.

This funding from Government will enable organisations in Galway and across the country to continue to support people by raising awareness, providing services or advocating on their behalf as well as providing financial certainty for the organisations over the next three years.




  Organisation Amount Recommended
1 Belong to Youth Services €270,000
2 Care Alliance Ireland €270,000
3 Migrant Information Centre Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
4 Mental Health Reform €269,835
5 Irish Penal Reform Trust €270,000
6 Community Workers Company Limited By Guarantee €269,998
7 European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €269,221
8 Children’s Rights Alliance – Republic of Ireland €269,946
9 Dyslexia Association of Ireland €266,888
10 European Network Against Racism (Enar) Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
11 M.O.V.E. Ireland €269,610
12 Irish Deaf Society The National Association of the Deaf Company Limited by Guarantee €269,700
13 Focus Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €214,552
14 National Association For Spina Bifida And Hydrocephalus Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €216,696
15 New Communities Partnership (Ncp) Company Limited By Guarantee €269,772
16 Rape Crisis Network Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
17 Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups €270,000
18 Cherish Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
19 Volunteering Ireland €221,616
20 Arthritis Ireland €260,436
21 Disability Federation of Ireland €234,427
22 Down Syndrome Ireland €270,000
23 Free Legal Advice Centres €270,000
24 I.N.O.U. Company Limited by Guarantee €265,140
25 Immigrant Council of Ireland €233,558
26 Irish Foster Care Association Company Limited by Guarantee €268,394
27 LGBT Support and Advocacy Network Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
28 National Women’s Council of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
29 SAFE Ireland National Social Change Agency Company Limited by Guarantee €269,577
30 Simon Communities of Ireland €238,538
31 The Irish Local Development Network Company Limited By Guarantee €269,963
32 Womens Aid Company Limited By Guarantee €269,926
33 Irish Stammering Association €196,930
34 Anam Cara Parental And Sibling Bereavement Support Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
35 Chronic Pain Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €141,588
36 Brainwave  –  The Irish Epilepsy Association €233,304
37 Irish Association for Palliative Care €150,702
38 Irish Men’s Sheds Association Company Limited By Guarantee €269,998
39 Irish Refugee Council Company Limited By Guarantee €269,964
40 Medical Research Charities Company Limited by Guarantee €269,719
41 Parents Plus Company Limited By Guarantee €251,788
42 Social Analysis And Action For Justice Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
43 The Irish Hospice Foundation €265,244
44 Neurological Alliance of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €247,852
45 Treoir National Federation of Services for Unmarried Parents and their Children €180,809
46 Asthma Society of Ireland €270,000
47 Active Retirement Network Ireland €270,000
48 Threshold €270,000
49 Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
50 Age Action Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €269,423
51 Autism Spectrum Information Advice & Meeting Point Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
52 Breaking Through Company Limited By Guarantee €267,038
53 Children in Hospital Ireland €270,000
54 Irish Rural Link Co-Operative Society Limited €270,000
55 The Irish Environmental Conservation Organisation For Youth -Unesco Clubs-Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
56 The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland €270,000
57 Barnardos – Republic of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €270,000
58 Family Carers Ireland €269,172
59 National Youth Council of Ireland €270,000
60 Rotha €269,158
61 Special Olympics Ireland €270,000
62 Akina Dada Wa Africa Company Limited By Guarantee €257,040
63 Migraine Association of Ireland Company Limited By Guarantee €109,890
64 Young Social Innovators Limited €222,585
65 Foróige The National Youth Development Organisation €268,674
66 Inclusion Ireland – National Association For People With An Intellectual Disability €269,842
67 Irish Senior Citizens National Parliament Company Limited By Guarantee €269,869
68 Irish Council for Social Housing €141,700
69 GROW in Ireland €270,000
70 Spinal Injuries Ireland €269,606
71 Community Action Network €264,040
72 Malta Charities €270,000
73 Hand in Hand Company Limited By Guarantee €225,161