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Minister Ring announces €2.5 million fund for community groups involved in Community Call response to COVID-19

Galway Rural Development - Friday, April 10, 2020

Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has today launched a €2.5 million fund to support community and voluntary groups involved in the delivery of COVID-19 community response efforts.

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund, will provide immediate and urgently needed funding totaling €2.5 million. This will be available to groups that are participating in the government’s “Community Call” initiative which is being led by the Local Authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking about the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, Minister Ring said:

“Local community and voluntary groups are supporting significant numbers of vulnerable people, many of whom are self-isolating, to get through this crisis. This Fund will help these groups to cover the costs of their work.
“This is a response to support immediate and emergency efforts by community and voluntary groups in assisting people locally. It is recognised that there are wider challenges and impacts facing the community and voluntary sector as a whole, but this initiative will help to provide support to community groups that are delivering services at the frontline.’’

The department has allocated a total of €2.5 million funding to Local Authorities, and Local Authorities will now administer the funding to groups involved in the Community Call effort. Local Authorities will be making contact with those groups participating in Community Call in the very near future with further details. The need for funding assistance will be kept under review.

Priority will be provided to organisations which incur costs on direct delivery of frontline services to people, such as Meals on Wheels and other similar activities. These individual grants will generally be modest in nature however it is expected that higher amounts will provided where the need is greatest.

Minister Ring concluded:

“Collaboration and partnership between the community and voluntary sector and the State are key to coordinating and responding to the needs of our communities and supporting people at this time. These groups are making a real difference to help individuals at this unprecedented time.”

Community Call is an unprecedented mobilisation of Government, Local Authority and voluntary resources to provide help to those in our communities that need it during this crisis.

There is a Community Call Forum in each county to coordinate and connect the wide range of services and supports that are available. A dedicated phone helpline is operational in every county and the national number, 0818 222 024, is also in operation. You can find your local helpline number on In the week since Community Call was launched, over 5,000 calls have been received from members of the public.

COVID-19 Community Emergency Fund

Over the coming days, each Local Authority will provide information to groups involved with the Community call effort in their area, regarding how to apply to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Local Authority allocations for COVID-19 Emergency Fund are detailed below:

    Local Authority Amount
    Carlow 61,358
    Cavan 65,197
    Clare 73,704
    Cork City 92,026
    Cork County 116,277
    Donegal 81,759
    Dublin City 160,634
    Dun Laoghaire 93,495
    Fingal 109,056
    Galway City 65,694
    Galway County 85,789
    Kerry 79,468
    Kildare 94,390
    Kilkenny 69,797
    Laois 66,897
    Leitrim 56,393
    Limerick 88,883
    Longford 58,154
    Louth 75,713
    Mayo 76,036
    Meath 88,912
    Monaghan 62,247
    Offaly 65,553
    Roscommon 62,877
    Sligo 63,074
    South Dublin 105,614
    Tipperary 81,831
    Waterford 73,177
    Westmeath 67,710
    Wexford 79,870
    Wicklow 78,414
    Total 2,500,000

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.