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St Munchins Community Centre and five other Limerick organisations receive COVID19 Stability Funding

COVID19 Stability Funding – St Munchin’s Community Centre has received €194,676.27 from the fund. Pictured above are the St Munchins Meals On Wheels crew. 

St Munchins Community Centre and five other Limerick organisations receive COVID19 Stability Funding

Kieran O'Donnell

Kieran O’Donnell, TD Limerick City

It was announced by the Government that €389,740 in total of COVID19 Stability Funding was allocated for 6 Limerick organisations. 


Following the announcement of a €40 million funding package for the sector, applications were invited for the €35 million Stability Scheme. The Stability Scheme, administered by Pobal, opened for applications from May 11 -21, 2020. A total of 1,027 applications were received in that period. Minister for Social Protection, Rural and Community Development and the Islands, Heather Humphreys and Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman have announced funding of €4.1 million to 101 organisations across the country.

These are once-off cash injections of between €2,000 and €200,000 and are being awarded to qualifying organisations that provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society to help with short term cash flow issues being suffered due to the COVID crisis. This is on top of Tranche One of the funding, which was announced on the 26th June 2020 and benefitted 179 organisations. These organisations provide services in a diverse range of areas including addiction support, disability services, health and wellbeing, youth services and social services and support for disadvantaged individuals and communities. 

This funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund is designed to support community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funding is aimed at providing immediate assistance to community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises, cash injections for organisations that provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society and stability funding being released quickly with further tranches to be announced.


Six organisations in Limerick are to benefit:

*St Munchin’s Community Centre – €194,676.27

*Doras Luimni – €48,837.73

*Clare’s Wish Foundation – €11,549.99

*Southill Hub Youth Services – €47,378.26

*Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group – €79,143.190

*Limerick Community Crisis Response Team – €8,155


Linda Ledger of St Munchins Community Centre said, “We were one of the Limerick organisations chosen, & got the 2nd highest allocation in the country at €194,676. We are beyond thrilled, as this will help keep our door open to feed so many vulnerable people in Limerick and surrounding areas. Thank you for everyone’s support through these tough times.”

Kieran O’Donnell, TD Limerick City has welcomed this morning’s announcement by Minister for Social Protection, Rural and Community Development and the Islands, Ms Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Mr Roderic O’Gorman TD, that 6 Limerick organisations are to receive a combined total of €389,740 as part of a national funding of €4.1 million to 101 organisations under the COVID-19 Stability Fund.

“I very much welcome the announcement by the Government of €389,740 in total for 6 Limerick organisations who provide such a great service to the public and for their communities. One of the Limerick organisations funded, St Munchin’s Community Centre, Kileely got the 2nd highest allocation in the country at €194,676. In particular, I wish to compliment them on the services they have continued to provide during Covid-19 to the public.”

Minister Humphreys said, “I am delighted to join with my colleagues, Ministers O’Gorman and O’Brien, to announce this support package aimed at organisations that provide hugely valuable services to our most vulnerable communities.

“The purpose of the stability fund is to provide immediate, short term cash flow to those organisations that are unable to carry out their usual fundraising or trading activity as a result of the restrictions imposed by the COVID pandemic.

“I would like to express my deep gratitude and admiration for these organisations for the work that they do and I hope the funding provided today will assist them to continue to provide their valuable services to communities all over Ireland.”

Minister O’Gorman said: “I very much welcome today’s announcement of a further tranche of supports to organisations in the community and voluntary, charity and social enterprise sectors.  Organisations in this sector have played a central role in the wider community response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in many cases supporting isolated and often vulnerable people.  They are deserving of our deep appreciation for the valuable work that was carried out in very difficult circumstances.  I hope that the supports that I and my colleague Minister Humphreys are announcing today will assist these organisations as they continue with their good works”.

Joe O’Brien TD, Minister for Community Development and Charities added: “This funding will provide much needed support to organisations that are at the heart of our communities at a time when their communities need them the most. We owe a great debt to these organisations and I hope that this funding will go some way to show our appreciation for their work and the supports and services they provide in general and particularly during this difficult time”.

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