Monday, 21st November 2016
“I welcome the local Meath groups to benefit that are listed below,
especially those in Meath West. A number of national organisations and
mental health groups also benefited and this will benefit Meath West
residents. Without the huge work of local voluntary and community
groups in Meath and across Ireland the policy objectives of the HSE
and the Department of Health could not be met. Voluntary and community
groups make this money go so much further to the benefit of young and
old alike in our local areas” stated Minister English.
Meath West groups to benefit:
Irish Wheelchair Association Navan
to fit door holders to fire doors.
Ballivor Community First Responder Unit
to fund an AED
Irish Wheelchair Association Navan II
to develop new facilities.
Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and Meath West
Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has urged Meath and Westmeath based
voluntary organisations in the health and disability sectors to apply
for the Department of Health’s National Lottery Grant Scheme. It
should be noted that this is a separate National Lottery Grant Scheme
to the one provided by the HSE locally.
Under the National Lottery Act (1986), the Department of Health
operates a National Lottery Discretionary fund under which it can
provide once-off grants to organisations for the provision of health
related services. The fund is aimed at community groups and voluntary
organisations operating in Ireland providing health services to
specific client groups (like people with an intellectual and/or
physical disability), providing information and support for various
disabilities and illnesses or groups with a specific interest (like
providing equipment for hospitals, for example).
The closing date for receipt of application forms is 12 noon on the
6th May 2016.
If you have any queries relating to National Lottery funding, please
contact the Department of Health’s Finance Unit on 01-6354281 or
Your organisation must have a valid tax clearance certificate or be a
registered charity to be eligible for a grant. Click here for more
information on getting a tax clearance certificate.
This funding is for ONCE-OFF INITIATIVES, NOT for ongoing running
costs or staff. Projects may like to apply for once-off programmes or
capital projects (including equipment or minibuses) for initiatives
addressing obesity/mental health/disability/health promotion/drug &
912 participants in the scheme in Meath and 364 participants in the scheme in Westmeath
Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation and Fine Gael T.D. for Meath West Damien English has said that the extension of the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme has been good for the local economy, in that it is improving people’s homes and also creating jobs in Meath.
“The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme, allows homeowners who carry out qualifying renovation works to apply for and claim an income tax credit.
“Since the Scheme was introduced in October 2013, 1,252 of works have been registered with the Scheme in Meath on 912 properties at a total value of €15.8 million. Meanwhile 500 works have been registered with the Scheme in Westmeath at a total value of over €6 million. This is a real boost to the local economy, considering the jobs created by the Scheme and also the spend by people renovating their homes.
“There is also a real tangible benefit for the participants in the Scheme, considering the increased value of their homes after completing the renovation works. Of the high value works taking place, the majority were home extensions. Other popular works under the Scheme are window replacements, kitchen renovations and bathroom improvements. Not only do these sorts of works increase the value of your home, but work such as window replacements can greatly reduce your energy bills.
“The Home Renovation Incentive Scheme is just one small part of the overall strategy to secure the economic recovery in this country and ensure that its benefits spread to all parts of the country. We are now the fastest growing economy in Europe and we are creating over 1,300 new jobs a week, yet we know that not every family has felt the benefits yet.
“Schemes such as this are great for boosting economic activity in Meath and creating local jobs, which then has a positive knock on effect on other small businesses in Meath. We want every person and family to feel the benefits of the recovery and enjoy a better quality of life.”