Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Extension of Funding Scheme to Support National Organisations will benefit communities in Galway and Mayo

Funding of €1.3 million for a range of national organisations has been secured for a further 12 months while work continues on establishing a new, sustainable funding programme.

The extension of the funding scheme – known as the ‘Scheme to Support National Organisations’ – has been welcomed by Fine Gael TD for Galway West and Mayo South, Seán Kyne who raised the issue with Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly in the Dáil last month.

The Scheme provides funding of €1.32 million to a range of organisations working for communities impacted by health and disability issues.

Commented Deputy Kyne: “The decision by Minster Kelly to continue the Scheme to Support National Organisations for a further year provides certainty to the 32 organisations whose work impacts positively on communities across Galway.

“This decision continues the bridging funding that Minister Kelly put in place in summer 2014 which restored funding to many of the organisations while a review of the Scheme was underway. Significant number of constituents contacted me on behalf of organisations which are working in Galway including the Huntington’s Disease Association, the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and the Irish Mountain Rescue Association.

“The decision to continue the funding for a further year provides the time needed to ensure we create the most effective scheme of support possible for the organisations as well as ensuring public money goes as far as possible.

“Minister Kelly has confirmed that the new scheme will be launched in early 2016 well in advance of the expiry of this round of funding to give the organisations time to prepare applications and ensure no disruption of the important services provided,” concluded Deputy Kyne.



  1. Dáil Question raised by Deputy Kyne on the Scheme to Support National Organisations –

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the review into the Scheme to Support National Organisations; when it is expected that the review will be complete; if it will be published before the end of the period for which bridging funding was provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Seán Kyne.

For answer on Wednesday, 15th April, 2015.


Minister of State for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Ann Phelan)

The funding Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) in the community and voluntary sector aims to provide multi-annual funding to national organisations towards core costs associated with the provision of services. Applications for a new round of funding, which commenced on 1 July 2014, were subject to an appraisal process. 55 applications were approved for funding for the two-year period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2016. A number of previously funded organisations were not approved for funding on this occasion.

Pobal were asked to undertake the management of the scheme and, in that context, put in place a dedicated team to deal with any inquiries from applicants and to provide detailed feedback. Furthermore, an appeals process was put in place, on foot of which Pobal submitted a report, which is currently being considered.

On 18 July 2014, it was announced that bridging funding of €1.4million would be allocated for a twelve month period to a number of previ ous ly funded health, disability and other organisations that were not approved for funding under the new scheme, pending the carrying out of a review of the public funding of national organisations in the health and disability sector. This bridging funding in 2014/2015 will enable organisations to plan for their future, whether with or without State support, such as that provided under the SSNO. Details of the bridging funding provided are set out in the table below.

The review process is well underway and is being advanced in consultation with the Department of Health. The review is designed to rationalise the funding of these organisations to ensure efficiency in the use of public money and avoidance of duplication, while providing appropriate support to organisations working in the sector. The Health Service Executive and Pobal are also participating in the review. All organisations in receipt of bridging funding have been contacted to make submissions as part of the review process. A number of meetings have also taken place with representative organisations, including the Disability Federation of Ireland. I intend to complete and publish the outcome of the review in the coming weeks


Funding for 1st July 2015 – 30th June 2016:

Details of Funding

  Funding Over Next 12 months Based on Funding to 30/6/15
Arthritis Ireland 53,882
Asperger Syndrome Association of   Ireland Ltd 41,448
Asthma Society of Ireland 41,448
Breaking Through Limited 58,028
Chronic Pain Ireland Limited 37,304
Dyslexia Association of Ireland 62,172
Genetic and Inherited Disorders   Organisation Ltd 16,580
GROW in Ireland 16,580
Huntington’s Disease Association of   Ireland Limited 19,066
Irish Deaf Society The National   Association of the Deaf Limited 62,172
Irish Heart Foundation 41,448
Irish Mountain Rescue Association 58,028
Irish National Council of Attention   Deficit Disorder Support (INCADDS) 33,158
Irish Stammering Association 24,868
Migraine Association of Ireland Ltd 29,014
Motor Neuron disease Association 24,868
MOVE Ireland 41,448
Muintir na Tíre 70,462
Muscular Dystrophy Ireland 37,304
National Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Ireland Limited 37,304
New Communities Partnership (NCP)   Ltd 74,606
Peter Bradley Foundation Limited 41,448
Post Polio Support Group Limited 24,868
Safe Ireland 74,606
Show Racism The Red Card Limited 29,014
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland 62,172
The Carers Association Limited 62,172
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of   Ireland 49,738
The Neurological Alliance of   Ireland 49,738
The Union of Voluntary   Organisations of People with Disabilities 45,592
Total 1,320,536