North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea said the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD has confirmed that additional funding of €54,450 will be made available for social enterprises in Cork under the Community Services Programme Support Fund.
Cllr. O’Shea said: “The Community Services Programme (CSP) supports community organisations to provide local social, economic and environmental services through a social enterprise model.
It focuses on service delivery to disadvantaged communities and target groups, helping to address disadvantage and long-term unemployment.
The organisations to benefit from the scheme in Cork include:
- Avondhu/Blackwater Partnership – €2,220
- Charleville Community Care and Garden Services – €6,600.
Cllr. O’Shea said “The Programme targets communities where public and private sector services are lacking, either through geographical or social isolation or because demand levels are not sufficient.
“The funding announced by Minister Ring will be used to help alleviate the financial challenges faced by smaller CSP support organisations and maintain their viability pending completion of the CSP review.
“The funding will support social enterprises that provide employment opportunities for specific disadvantaged groups and categories of people, such as the long-term unemployed, travellers, those recovering from drug addiction and people with convictions, to name but a few,” Cllr. O’Shea added.