Dáil Éireann - Volume 417 - 10 March, 1992

Written Answers. - Voluntary Groups Funding.

112. Mr. Spring asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will give details of the funding, if any, which is available to voluntary groups under any of the following, or any other headings, and if he will also outline the means of application: (a) development of community centres, (b) youth activities, (c) crèches, (d) women in education, (e) education in rural areas, (f) anti-poverty, (g) women's groups, (h) rural enterprise, (i) day care centres, (j) care of the elderly, (k) laundry, (l) meals on wheels, (m) tidy towns, (n) setting up community co-ops, (o) alternative energy, (p) mother and child, (q) development in traditional craft, (r) sport and (s) health.

Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. O'Malley): Financial assistance is [108] made available by the industrial development agencies to industrial undertakings under the terms of the relevant legislation governing their activities.

For example, agencies provide funding under the small industry programme in respect of the development of community centres, (a) where this involves potential for industrial activity, and for the traditional crafts area, (q) where employment, feasibility, and management development grants are made available.

The means of application for any such funding would be a day-to-day matter for the agencies concerned.