Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has launched a €2.5 million fund to support community and voluntary groups involved in the delivery of COVID-19 community response efforts.
The COVID-19 Emergency Fund, will provide immediate and urgently needed funding totaling €2.5 million. This will be available to groups that are participating in the government’s “Community Call” initiative which is being led by the Local Authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The department has allocated a total of €2.5 million funding to Local Authorities, and Local Authorities will now administer the funding to groups involved in the Community Call effort. Local Authorities will be making contact with those groups participating in Community Call in the very near future with further details. The need for funding assistance will be kept under review.
Priority will be provided to organisations which incur costs on direct delivery of frontline services to people, such as Meals on Wheels and other similar activities. These individual grants will generally be modest in nature however it is expected that higher amounts will provided where the need is greatest.