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Ireland – Funding of the Non-Profit Sector

Posted in Funding of the C&V Sector, Ireland, Ireland - The Third Sector by hynesbrid on August 28, 2008

In 1995 the Non-Profit Sector´s income amounted to IR£3.24bn (€4.11bn) or 8.2% of GDP.  This funding came through 3 main sources namely:

·     The Public Sector (which includes central and local government funding, EU funding, national lottery monies and various third party payments such as funding through the Community Employment Programme, Combat Poverty Agency and the National Social Service Board),

·     Private sources (individual donations and foundations) and

·     Money earned through fees, sales or membership dues.

By far the most important source of income is the public sector whose funding amounted to IR£2.41bn  (€3.05bn) or almost 3/4 of the Non-Profit sectors income for that year.  Both private giving and earned income are less significant than publicly-sourced funds amounting to IR£332.99m and IR£505.77m respectively.
http://www.cnm.tcd.ie/publications/uncovering%20pdf.pdf

 

The Government White Paper on the relationship between the State and the Community & Voluntary Sector, 2000 recognises that the Community and Voluntary sector has a long and valued tradition of meeting social needs in Ireland.  Wide ranging changes have emerged during the past 50 years within the Community and Voluntary sector and its relationship with the State.  Public / Statutory funding has become increasingly more important in the provision of social services by the Community and Voluntary sector.  The Community and Voluntary sector has developed a large presence in the development of social policy, especially in the roles of service providers, identifiers of new needs and advocates.  Mechanisms for the creation of social solidarity have been established. The important role of the sector is reflected in the substantial amount of funding ‑ almost IR£1 billion in 1999 (€1.267 billion) ‑ which it received from the Irish State and EU sources as set out in the Table below:

 

Government Department/ 

Agency 

Irish funding

EU funding 

Total 

Total 

 

 

£IR million 

£IR million 

EURO €million 

Department of Agriculture,

Food and Rural Development 

8.589 

20.040 

28.629 

36.351 

Department of Arts, Culture, Gaeltacht

and the Islands/Arts Council 

0.226 

0.00 

0.226 

0.287 

Department of Enterprise, Trade

and Employment / FÁS 

326.90 

27.800 

354.700 

450.376

NOW 

0.00

4.162 

4.162 

5.285 

HORIZON 

0.00 

4.437 

4.437 

5.634 

INTEGRA 

0.00 

3.397 

3.397 

4.313 

YOUTHSTART 

0.00 

3.487 

3.487 

4.428 

Department of Defence /

Irish Red Cross Society 

2.355 

0.00 

2.355 

2.990 

Department of the Environment and

Local Government / Local Authorities 

44.095 

0.00 

44.095 

55.989 

Department of Education and

Science / VECs 

20.00 

0.00 

20.00 

25.395 

Department of Finance 

5.000 

0.00 

5.000 

6.349 

Department of Foreign Affairs 

28.500 

0.00 

28.500 

36.188

Department of Health and

Children / Health Boards 

390.00 

0.00 

390.00

495.198 

Department of Justice, Equality

and Law Reform 

3.408 

1.174 

4.482 

5.817 

Probation and Welfare Service 

5.05 

0.00 

5.05 

6.412 

Department of Public Enterprise

0.116 

0.00 

0.116

0.147 

Department of Social, Community

and Family Affairs 

29.725 

0.00 

29.725

37.743 

Combat Poverty Agency (CPA)

0.976 

0.00 

0.976 

1.239 

Comhairle (NSSB) 

2.271 

0.00 

2.271 

2.884 

Department of Tourism, Sport and

Recreation / ADM 

24.710 

25.650 

50.360 

63.994 

Programme for Peace and

Reconciliation (ADM, CPA) 

4.003 

12.001

16.003 

20.320 

TOTAL 

895.924 

102.148 

997.971 

1267.339 

 

 

 

 

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