Community organisations and childcare providers in County Leitrim shared in more than €6 million in grants administered by Pobal on behalf of Government, the EU and other bodies according to a new report.
Pobal’s annual report, launched recently by Catherine Byrne TD Minister for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, outlines how total funding of € 6,026,152 was allocated to organisations in Leitrim that address disadvantage, tackle social exclusion, provide employment services and offer subsidised childcare.
The report shows that over €588,982 was spent in Leitrim on the Community Childcare Subvention programme which reduces the cost of childcare for disadvantaged families. More than €1,302,560 in wages were provided via the Community Service Programme which supports community enterprises and €1,498,177 was allocated to workers on the Rural Social Scheme.
Minister Byrne said; “As an organisation rooted in community values, Pobal is ideally placed to strengthen the capacity of communities in County Leitrim.
"As Minister of State with responsibility for Communities, I am charged with ensuring that people feel empowered to take control of their future and to shape the environments in which they live and work. I believe that this report outlines how Pobal and local community groups, by putting their experience and expertise to use, have made a real contribution throughout Leitrim.”
In County Leitrim, other grants awarded included:
€115,861.60 in Early Years Capital grants for pre-school providers to expand their services
€1,273,300 in payments to individuals participating in Tús placements
Pobal CEO, Denis Leamy said "On the ground, across Leitrim every day, programmes managed by Pobal in conjunction with local community groups are active. Active supporting local groups, facilitating community development and helping individuals progress.
"Great credit is owed to the staff, volunteers and board members of all the local and national groups across Leitrim. Every week, day in day out, their work is having a meaningful impact on people’s lives and futures.”
Pobal is a not-for-profit intermediary organisation that manages various funding programmes on behalf of the Irish Government, the EU and other bodies. In 2015, Pobal distributed over €345 million to beneficiaries throughout Ireland.