A new coalition of fourteen national networks and support organisations has welcomed the announcement by the government of a €40 million allocation to support the sector’s continued viability.
The group had warned that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector’s ability to generate revenue through fundraised and earned income threatens the very existence of many organisations and, for many brings the ability to maintain existing supports and services into question.
“Today’s decision is very welcome. The Government has responded positively, and it is important that this funding is now allocated to the most affected charities and voluntary groups as a matter of urgency. We look forward to continued engagement with government as the full impact of COVID-19 becomes clear and we collectively assess the need for further stability measures and supports for the sector.” the group said in a joint statement.
The request to government had been made last month in a Joint Submission from the new group, formed specifically for that purpose: The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs , Boardmatch Ireland, Carmichael , Charities Institute Ireland, Clann Credo Community Loan Finance, Disability Federation of Ireland, Dóchas, Irish Rural Link, National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, National Forum of Family Resource Centres, National Youth Council of Ireland, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, Volunteer Ireland and The Wheel.
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