Community Services Programme: NEW


Important Information

This is a competitive process with a limited budget of €1 million. In phase 1 of the selection process, only one applicant will be selected by an independent panel from each SICAP area (of which there are 51). However, phase 2 will see Pobal make the final decision on successful applicants.

Before submitting an expression of interest application, it is worth bearing in mind that there are a range of expectations and exclusions in the criteria.

Selection Criteria

POBAL will only consider social enterprise applicants 
that meet the following criteria:
  • Be a company limited by guarantee (CLG) or co-operative, or plan on adopting a CLG or co-operative structure if successful in the EOI process
  • Be able to present clear evidence of being a fit with Strand 3 of CSP (see next page)
  • Be up and running and generating a traded income as a social enterprise with at least one set of audited accounts available for review, with evidence provided of the continued potential for generating traded income
  • Plan on using the CSP funding contribution to employ Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs) from one of the target groups (see right):

Target Groups

  • Persons in receipt of disability allowance, invalidity pension or blind person’s pension
  • Travellers in receipt of jobseeker’s payment or One Parent Family Payment
  • Stabilised and recovering drug misusers
  • People with convictions who are in contact with the Probation Service
  • People who are homeless
  • Immigrants, legally allowed to work in Ireland, who are in receipt of jobseeker’s payments or One Parent Family Payment
  • Long-term unemployed

To support local C&V groups to engage with this Community Service Programme call, Meath Partnership is hosting an information evening on:


Title: CSP Information Event

Date: Tuesday, 13th June at 6pm

Location: Meath Partnership Office, Unit 7 Kells Business Park, Cavan Road, Kells, Meath

If you are interested in attending the information session, please reserve your place with Fiona by emailing or by calling 046 9280790.



  • The CSP grant for each Full-Time Equivalent is €19,033. However, this person must be paid the minimum wage of €20,353. Therefore successful applicants will need to generate income of €1,300 per person per annum to make up this shortfall.
  • Each FTE must work a minimum of 30 hours per week, over at least four days per week
  • While the minimum wage is a necessity, there is an onus on being able to pay staff the living wage or industry specific rates
  • Generation of traded income must be to the core of the ethos of the service
  • CSP services must clearly demonstrate that they do not displace commercial services
  • CSP contribution to be no more than 50% of turnover
  • Childcare services
  • Enterprise centres
  • Care assistants and medical services
  • Community Development Projects
  • Youth projects/workers
  • Citizen’s information and advice centres
  • Health service delivery
  • IT or other training projects
  • Advocacy, mediation and counselling services

For more information, please consult the Guidance Document and EOI Application Form available here. [please click the link here]