Community Services Programme
Strand 3 Funding
Call for Expressions of Interest from Local Organisations
IRD Duhallow is delighted to announce a new round of funding under the Community Services Programme (CSP) which is operated by the Department of Social Protection (DSP). â‚¬1m is now committed nationally to the 2017 Budget to facilitate additional social enterprises to join CSP. The aim of CSP is to support CLGâ€™s and Co-operatives to provide local social, economic and environmental services through the application of a social enterprise model of delivery. It aims to create sustainable jobs for those most distant from the labour market, in particular for those who are long term unemployed and from specific target groups while providing a much needed service to alleviate disadvantage which is currently not being provided elsewhere.
We are now inviting eligible social enterprises to submit an EOI to IRD Duhallow no later than 5 pm on Friday 23rd June 2017. IRD Duhallow will then select 1 social enterprise in the Duhallow area which we will in turn submit to Pobal for appraisal and hopeful progression to Stage 2 The Business Planning Process.
This call for funding is specifically focused on Strand 3 Type services only. This strand refers to social enterprises who deliver services that meet a need in the community, particularly disadvantaged communities and who use the CSP funding contribution to employ staff from specific disadvantaged target groups. What marks out Strand 3 type services from others is that employment creation and progression for members of the target group is as much a core objective as the delivery of the service itself.
Criteria for Selection;
- Be a CLG or Co-operative, or plan on adopting a CLG or co-op structure if successful in the EOI process
- Present clear evidence of being a fit with Strand 3
- Be up and running and generating a traded income as a social enterprise with at least 1 set of audited accounts available for review. In the event that the nominated social enterprise does not have audited financial statements due to only recently commencing trading then an income and expenditure account signed by the Chair and Treasurer of the company and trial balance sheet for last year will be accepted. Evidence must be provided showing the continued potential for generating traded income
- The social enterprise must plan to use the CSP funding to employ Full Time Equilivants (FTE) from one of the following named target groups
- Persons in receipt of disability allowance, invalidity pension or blind persons pension
- Travellers in receipt of jobseekers payments or One Parent Family Payment
- Stabilised and recovering drug misusers
- People with convictions who are in contact with the Probation Service
- People who are homeless
- Immigrants, legally allowed to work in Ireland, who are in receipt of jobseekers payments or One Parent Family Payment
- Long Term unemployed
Ineligible Social Enterprises
There are a number of areas of activity that the CSP does not support as they are viewed by the Department of Social Protection as being more appropriately funded from other sources. These include as follows;
- Additional FTEs in existing CSP funded childcare services
- Enterprise centres other than those currently funded within the programme
- Care assistants and medical services
- Community development and youth projects and workers
- Citizens information and advice centres
- Health service delivery
- IT or other training projects other than those currently funded within the programme
- Advocacy, mediation and counselling
Submission of the EOI
The EOI form must be completed fully by the social enterprise and submitted to IRD Duhallow no later than 5pm on Friday 23rd June 2017. In addition to the EOI form a copy of the 2016 Audited Financial Statements for the selected organisation or an income and expenditure account signed by the Chair and Treasurer of the company and trial balance sheet for 2016 must be submitted along with Memo and Articles of Association or Co-Op rules for the selected organisation.
Please submit via post to IRD Duhallow, James O’ Keeffe Institute, Newmarket Cork or by email to [email protected] no later than 5 pm on Friday 23rd June 2017.