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Government Publishes Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2018 – €40m to benefit disadvantaged groups

Government Publishes Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2018 – €40m to benefit disadvantaged groups

Seán Kyne T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, today (Tuesday, 17 July) announced funding of almost €40 million for programmes and measures to support disadvantaged people and communities across the country.

The Dormant Account Action Plan 2018 allocates funding to 45 measures across 10 Departments and State Agencies. The measures will be funded from the Dormant Accounts Fund and will provide supports for economically, educationally and socially disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities.

Making the announcement today, Minister Kyne said: “I am delighted to launch the new Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2018 which provides funding of almost €40 million for 45 programmes and measures which will support disadvantaged people and communities across the country.

“The objective of Dormant Accounts Funding is to assist the most vulnerable groups in our society. I have been anxious to ensure that the measures we support focus on the areas of greatest need and make a significant and tangible difference to people at a local level. I believe that the 2018 Action Plan delivers on that goal and provides funding to support measures right across Government.

“In my own department, the 2018 Action Plan contains a diverse range of measures which will support at-risk individuals and groups in communities across the country. Some of the measures include: the use of IT to enable older people to live independently and securely in their own homes for longer; funding to ensure every county in Ireland has a volunteer centre; funding to encourage education at the community level; funding to support employment and entrepreneurship along the Atlantic Economic Corridor; and a fund to support social enterprises which enrich and enhance our communities, among other measures.

“Other departments will leverage Dormant Accounts Funding for a diverse range of programmes and measures that will support older people, migrants, new parents, persons living with disability, persons will an illness, carers, travellers, children and young people.

“These projects and programmes will deliver significant social and economic benefits to vulnerable people, will improve lives and strengthen communities over the coming years.”

The Dormant Accounts Action Plan is now available here on the website

Note to editors:

The Dormant Accounts Acts 2001-2012, together with the Unclaimed Life Assurance Policies Act 2003, provide a framework for the administration of unclaimed accounts in credit institutions (i.e. banks, building societies and An Post) and unclaimed life assurance policies in insurance undertakings.

The main purpose of the legislation is to reunite account or policy holders with their funds in credit institutions or insurance undertakings and in this regard, these bodies are required to take steps to identify and contact the owners of dormant accounts and unclaimed life assurance policies.

However, in order to utilise the unused funds in dormant accounts and unclaimed policies to best use, the legislation also introduced a scheme for the disbursement of funds that are unlikely to be reclaimed from dormant accounts and unclaimed policies for the purposes of measures to assist:

1.       the personal and social development of persons who are economically or socially disadvantaged;

2.       the educational development of persons who are educationally disadvantaged or

3.       persons living with disability.

A full list of measures to be funded under the 2018 Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan is set out on the table below. In total, 45 different measures, to the value of €39.7 million, will be supported under this year’s Action Plan.

The majority of measures will commence in 2019, with each Government Department responsible for delivery of their own measures.

Summary Table of Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan 2018 Measures

The following table provides a summary of measures and allocated funding under the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2018 to each relevant Government Department/Agency.

Lead Department/Agency



Max Allocation

Department of Rural and Community Development


Social Enterprise



Seniors Alert Scheme



New Volunteer Centres



Effective utilisation of technology to support older people to live in their communities



Targeted Social Inclusion Measures



Health and Wellbeing in the Community



Library Supports for Marginalised and Disadvantaged Communities



Public Libraries Digital Equity and Social Inclusion Programme (Digital Resource Facilities)



Education and Employment Initiatives in Disadvantaged Communities



Supporting Employment along the Atlantic Economic Corridor



Young Social Innovators



Carbon Monoxide Alarms


Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government


Transitioning Homelessness to Long-Term Housing


Department of Justice and Equality


Awareness Campaign on the Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex



Employability and Inclusion Programme for Migrant Women (Phase 2)



Traveller Mediation Service



Establishment of Four Roma Community Development Projects



Continuation and Expansion of Garda Youth Diversion Service


Department of Employment and Social Protection


Training and Support Service for Carers


Department of Children and Youth Affairs


Baby Box



Book Bag



Big Brother Big Sister



Demonstration Model of In-School and Pre-School Therapy Support


Department of Education and Skills


Young Social Innovators



Time to Count



Irish Sign Language


Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment


Novice Angling Strategy



Go Fishing – Novice Angling Initiative


Department of Defence


Upgrading of Vehicle Fleet and other equipment in Civil Defence


Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport


Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs



National Sport Education and Training Hub



Sports measures for disadvantaged communities to support the National Physical Activity Plan


Department of Health


Community Development and Health Programme



National Survey of Existing Transport Provision within Disability Services



Development of an eLearning Module for New Directions



Community Transition Co-Ordinators



Health Promotion Initiatives for People with Disabilities and their Carers/Families in Community/Own Homes



Supporting the Healthy Ireland Fund



National Rollout of Dementia Training Programme for HSE Home Care Staff



Dementia Resource Centres and Outreach Project



National Intellectual Disability Memory Service



Diagnosis of Young Onset Dementia



Dementia Community Activation Coordinator



Pilot Rollout of the Carer’s Needs Assessment Tool (Single Assessment Tool)



Grant Call for Physical Activity Programmes for Older People