West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

McAleer criticises cut to Volunteering Small Grants programme

Published: 1 November, 2017

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has expressed grave disappointment at the decision of the Department for Communities to cut the Volunteering Small Grant to community organisations.

Mr Mc Aleer 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 foot 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".