€45 million in funding to help address disadvantage

Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, today (7 November) announced funding of over €45 million from the Dormant Accounts Fund to address disadvantage right across the country.

Money in the Dormant Accounts Fund can be used to fund measures that address economic, social, or educational disadvantage and to support people with a disability. The 2020 Action Plan allocates funding of €45.5 million to 43 measures to be delivered across 9 Government Departments.

Launching the Action Plan today, Minister Canney said: “I am delighted to launch the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2020 which provides funding of over €45 million to help address disadvantage right across Ireland. The measures in the Action Plan address challenges such as social inclusion, homelessness, assisting migrants, support for carers and promoting inclusion in sports.”

The Minister continued: “This funding will assist the most vulnerable people in our society, promote social inclusion and help strengthen our communities over the coming years. I have seen the impact of this funding first hand – and am delighted to see such a significant amount of money being committed in this Action Plan.”

Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development noted: “It is great to see the Dormant Accounts Fund being put to such good use and providing assistance to many worthwhile projects and organisations. The funding is having a huge impact; for example, in our Department it is providing support of €5.5 million for the Social Innovation Fund Ireland; €3 million for the Senior Alerts Scheme; and €2 million to support Social Enterprise development in Ireland. It also provides €250,000 to contribute to necessary emergency safety works in community centres in disadvantaged urban areas. All of these measures are helping people in our communities and providing real social and economic benefits right across the country.”

In total, 43 different measures, to the value of €45.5 million will be supported under the 2020 Action Plan. A full list of measures to be funded under the 2020 Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan is available at https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/f4006c-minister-canney-publishes-the-dormant-accounts-action-plan-2020/

 

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