Cut to Volunteering Small Grant detrimental to provision of local services – McAleer
West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer has expressed disappointment at the decision of the Department for Communities to cut the Volunteering Small Grant to community organisations.
Mr McAleer said:
“The Volunteering Small Grant is a fund that community groups receive annually for expenses such as training and running costs. It is a relatively small pot of money but is a vital source of support, particularly for isolated rural groups and for incentivising volunteers who carry out vital work in their communities.
“On the back of a number of groups contacting me, I wrote to the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities in early October. The response stated that Volunteering Small Grant funding was allocated on a year-to-year basis and consequently a call for applications was not issued.
“This is a poor decision which will have a detrimental impact on the provision of local services and Sinn Féin will continue to press the Department for Communities to get this vital programme re-opened.”