Minister McGrath continued:
“The Government is fully aware of the tremendous role being played by community and voluntary groups in supporting communities and delivering important services, particularly during these challenging times.
“COVID-19 has brought challenges to these organisations, particularly with their cash flow and the practicalities of keeping their doors open. This funding is a vital lifeline to stabilise the position of many of these social enterprises and help those who give so selflessly of their time to continue with their good work.
“I am pleased therefore to be in a position to announce this funding today, knowing the positive impact it will have.”
Minister O Brien added:
“Community & Voluntary projects have been a crucial element of Ireland’s emergency response to the pandemic. In communities throughout Ireland these projects have maximised their local connections and knowledge to ensure that the most vulnerable and those most in need of support throughout the pandemic have been looked after. It has been a tough year for all groups in the sector and I trust that the funding announced today will help further strengthen these vitally important projects.
“The Community and Voluntary sector has always been critical to the sustainable development of our communities and will continue to be so into the future. Today’s funding is a recognition of the extra difficulties faced by those organisations during the extreme circumstances of the pandemic.
“It is my hope that funding will allow these organisations to continue this valuable support as we all work towards a social and economic recovery and I am very happy to be able to support these organisations in such a way.”