Roscommon Public Participation Network Members Update 14th March 2023
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Funding Announcements

Minister Joe O’Brien announces fresh funding call for groups that support disadvantaged

Minister for Community Development, Integration and Charities, Joe O’Brien, has today (Monday, 6 March) announced a new Call for Applications under the Community Services Programme (CSP). The CSP currently supports over 420 community-based organisations.

Announcing the new call at Recycle IT in Clondalkin today, the Minister said:

“I am delighted to launch a new Call for Applications under the Community Services Programme. The purpose of this funding is to support social enterprises and community/voluntary organisations with an additional strand focusing on circular economy projects that are either Traveller led or ones that will primarily employ members of the Traveller community.”

Funding of €1 million will be available for this new call in 2023 which will provide new organisations with an opportunity to access support to employ additional staff in line with the programme’s re-defined sub-programmes and new vision, which were approved in 2022.

Pre-application support workshops will be rolled out to ensure organisations are fully equipped with the information that they need to apply for this funding. As a first step, an Information Event will be held for organisations interested in applying for the programme on week beginning 20 March 2023. Details will be shared on the Pobal CSP webpage and on the Department of Rural and Community Development social media channels. Organisations that wish to be notified about the workshops can also contact

Following the pre-application supports, organisations will be invited to submit a short concept note to Pobal outlining their proposal for assessment against the objectives of the call and organisations will then be informed whether their proposal fits with the call.

The Minister continued:

“The CSP supports a range of services, facilities and activities that enhance the quality of life for specific disadvantaged groups within our communities. This open call will be essential in broadening the range of services available and bringing new organisations onto the programme. I am delighted to say that we will also have a range of support workshops to assist those organisations in applying to the CSP Programme."

The National Lottery are seeking entries to this year’s Good Causes Awards. The competition will culminate with a National Final awards ceremony which will take place in October 2023.

Every year, the Good Causes Awards celebrate the inspirational work carried out by many volunteers, coaches, care givers and extraordinary people across Ireland, along with the organisations they represent. Beneficiaries will be judged on how the funds were used to make an ever-lasting impact on their local community, project, club, or service users.

A total prize fund of €135,000 is available and a full breakdown of the prizes and categories is available in our Terms & Conditions (link to

Who can enter this year’s awards?

You can enter the National Lottery Good Causes Awards if you, your organisation, project, or club has received funding through the following National Lottery part-funded schemes between 2018-2022:

• Sport: Sports Capital Programme Grants or any funding issued through Sport Ireland

• Arts & Culture: Any funding provided through the Arts Council of Ireland

• Heritage: Any funding provided through the Heritage Council of Ireland

• Youth: Any funding issued by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (i.e. UBU Your Place, Your Space grants, Targeted Youth Funding Schemes or Youth Information Centre’s)

• Health: Any Grants issued through the HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme

• Community: Any National Lottery part-funded scheme administered by Department of Rural & Community Development (Senior Alert Schemes or Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO)

• Irish Language: Any Irish Language support provided through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
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Roscommon Karst Landscape Visited By Minister Malcolm Noonan

The Karst Farming Group, The Celtic Eye Art group & the Taughmaconnel Hall Committee were delighted to have Minister Malcolm Noonan visit the unique karst landscape recently & acknowledge the work these groups have done over the past 2 years to highlight this stunning landscape of national importance. The Karst Farming group & the Celtic Eye Art group work with the community in a positive way to highlight the protection of the karst landscape, biodiversity, heritage, water, folklore, myths & legends of the land through, art work, exhibitions, signage, social media, conferences etc. There is  a great support network from artists, local community members, external organisations, the county heritage officer, the local authority water programme & many more. 
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