Joe O’Brien, TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, announced a new pilot Community Development Programme today, March 4th 2021
The aim of the Community Development Pilot Programme is to trial community development initiatives that address poverty, social exclusion and inequality, and promote human rights.
The objectives of the Community Development Programme are to:
- develop community development responses to a range of social, economic and environmental concerns;
- facilitate an empowering collaborative approach to building relationships and undertake cooperative initiatives between marginalised groups, mainstream services and decision-making bodies; and
- showcase and profile the benefits of an autonomous approach to community development in relation to existing, new and emerging issues
The focus in the first instance will be on community development organisations working or seeking to work at local level to address issues in areas such as racism (including Travellers and Roma), domestic or sexual violence, migration, gender, people living in direct provision or seeking international protection, climate action and just transition.
Those eligible to apply are community development organisations or groups that have a proven track record in community development based on the values outlined in Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities: A five-year strategy to support the community and voluntary sector and the All Ireland Standards for Community Work, and that
- have an established presence in their area and are able to demonstrate their achievements to date;
- work to address the issues experienced by marginalised communities;
- have a track record in collaboratively developing cross-sectoral initiatives;
- can demonstrate a commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including those with a climate action/just transition focus;
- can demonstrate how additional supports could help build their capacity and reach;
- can demonstrate good practice in corporate governance and financial management
An indicative allocation of €120 – €140k P/A is anticipated per organisation. Whilst initial funding has been secured for 2021 only, we would welcome applications that are provisionally planned for three years. The funding will cover the employment of qualified/experienced community development workers; programme costs; research and analysis; periodic review and evaluation. Capital costs, such as building related costs, will not be covered