15/04/16

Gaeltacht and Islands Policies and Programmes

Gaeltacht and Islands Policies and Programmes, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language – Functions and Services

  • To coordinate the implementation of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030 and Irish Language policy as it pertains to the Strategy, developing and implementing various schemes, initiatives and measures which support the Strategy and the strengthening of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht.
  • To maintain effective working relationships with Government Departments, State agencies and other bodies to ensure that Government policy in relation to the Irish language and the Gaeltacht will be appropriately addressed in their activities.
  • To oversee, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, the implementation of the language planning process under the Gaeltacht Act 2012.
  • To monitor Údarás na Gaeltachta to ensure compliance with financial and corporate governance requirements.
  • To oversee the implementation of the Aran Life Project under the EU’s LIFE programme
  • Coordinating the Irish Language strand of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and overseeing the development of a Cultural Centre at Teach an Phiarsaigh, Ros Muc.
  • Developing and implementing various initiatives and measures aimed at supporting the social, cultural and economic development of the islands so that they survive as viable communities.
  • In relation to Údarás na Gaeltachta, while the division is responsible for policy and funding issues, responsibility for the day-to-day operational matters rests with the agency (further information is available at udaras.ie).

Gaeltacht and Islands Policies and Programmes, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language – Accessing our Services

Full contact details for the Unit can be found at http://www.ahg.gov.ie/about/contact/

Gaeltacht and Islands Policies and Programmes, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language – Classes of Records Held

  • In the case of Scéim na bhFoghlaimeoirí Gaeilge, general personal information relating to the households approved under the Scheme (SFG); general administrative information relating to the schemes in addition to basic personal information relating to course attendees and teaching staff (as applicable).
  • In relation to Scéim Seirbhísí Réamhscoile agus Iarscoile, general policy and administrative information in relation to the scheme.
  • In the case of Capital and current funding for Gaeltacht-based organisations, general administrative information relating to the organisations seeking funding or in receipt of funding as applicable.
  • In the case of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language and Údarás na Gaeltachta, general policy, legislative and administrative information.
  • In the case of the language planning process, general policy and administrative information
  • In the case of the islands (including the Aran LIFE project), general policy, legislative and administrative documentation (including general personal information, company accounts and maritime certificates insofar as they relate to the functions of the section).

Gaeltacht and Islands Policies and Programmes, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language – Grant or Funding Schemes

Scéim na bhFoghlaimeoirí Gaeilge

Purpose of the scheme:

To provide financial assistance to approved Gaeltacht households and some recognised residential colleges who provide suitable accommodation to students attending recognised Irish Colleges in the Gaeltacht.

Who is eligible to apply?

Irish-speaking households in Gaeltacht areas.

How to apply for funding under the scheme?

Households must initially be approved for recognition under the scheme by the Department. Approved households then apply for payment which is based on a specified daily rate per student via the relevant Irish College with which they are affiliated.  Application forms and further information relating to initial recognition under the scheme is available on the Department’s website or by contacting the Division in the Department’s Offices in Na Forbacha.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The Gaeltacht Colleges and courses are approved and inspected by the Department (in consultation with the Department of Education and Skills);
  • Houses recognised under the scheme must be in the Gaeltacht and in the general vicinity of an approved Irish summer College;
  • Members of the household must be fluent Irish speakers and the normal language of the household must be Irish;
  • The house must comply with the conditions of the scheme which in general govern the prescribed space per student required: compliance with relevant fire, health and safety regulations in addition to the provision of toilet/bathroom facilities;
  • The household must be Garda vetted ;
  • The house must be certified by a suitably qualified engineer (engaged by the relevant college) as being in compliance with building and fire regulations;
  • The house and household must be approved by way of Departmental inspection.

Where applicable, the criteria governing variations in grant levels: 

  • An increased grant is payable in respect of students with special needs;
  • An increased grant is payable in respect of a small number of approved students from outside the Gaeltacht who attend second-level schools on Gaeltacht Islands over the course of a school-year;

Relevant appeals procedures and how these are accessed:

Unless otherwise stated, an appeal regarding any decision made by the division can be sought by writing to:

An tArd-Rúnaí,

An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta,

23 Sráid Chill Dara,

Baile Átha Cliath 2.

All reviews will involve more than one person and can include a peer review depending on the significance of the original decision. Appeals are dealt with as expeditiously as possible and the appellant is informed of the outcome.

Assistance to Gaeltacht-based organisations engaged in the provision of services

Purpose of the funding:

To provide assistance to Gaeltacht-based organisations engaged in the provision of services which align with and underpin the Department’s overall objectives of supporting and strengthening the Irish language as the principal language in the Gaeltacht, particularly among the young.

Who is eligible to apply?

Suitably qualified Gaeltacht-based organisations.

How to apply for funding under the scheme?

By submitting an application form and supporting documentation as required, (available from the division or the Department’s website at http://www.ahg.gov.ie/gaeltacht/the-gaeltacht/language-support-schemes-programmes/current-programme)-

Eligibility criteria:

In general the following criteria apply:

  • Relevance of the project to the Department’s objectives and the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030;
  • Necessity of the project;
  • Necessity for funding;
  • Financial capacity of applicant;
  • Funding available/potentially available to applicant from alternative sources;
  • Resources available to the Department;
  • Competing demands;
  • Value for money.

Where applicable, the criteria governing variations in grant levels:

  • Relevance of the project to the overall objective of the Department;
  • The anticipated benefit of the project;
  • Competing demands;
  • Available resources.

Relevant appeals procedures and how these are accessed:

Unless otherwise stated, an appeal regarding any decision made by the division can be sought by writing to:

An tArd-Rúnaí,

An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnachq, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta,

23 Sráid Chill Dara,

Baile Átha Cliath 2.

All reviews will involve more than one person and can include a peer review depending on the significance of the original decision. Appeals are dealt with as expeditiously as possible and the appellant is informed of the outcome.

Scéim Seirbhísí Réamhscoile agus Iarscoile

Purpose of the scheme:

To provide financial assistance to Gaeltacht-based Family Support Centres and certain pre-school services which operate through Irish in order to support the provision of language acquisition and enrichment opportunities for Gaeltacht families with preschool-age children.

Who is eligible to apply?

Gaeltacht-based preschool services which include crèche facilities

How to apply for funding under the scheme?

Applications for funding must be be submitted using the relevant application form and information note in relation to the scheme, available on the Department’s website.

Eligibility criteria:

The applicant service must:

  • be registered with the HSE and with Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta
  • be operating through the medium of Irish and be governed by an appropriately robust Irish-language written policy
  • ensure that all staff involved in the provision of the service are fluent in Irish
  • provide evidence of compliance with best practice in relation to accounting and administration and are tax compliant
  • be administered under a single management structure where multiple similar services are being provided from the same building, or if not the case, be able to illustrate that such a structure is being planned.

Where applicable, the criteria governing variations in grant levels:

  • Potential linguistic benefit of the application
  • Strength of the language in the area in question by reference to relevant CSO census data
  • Cost and value for money
  • Relevance of the proposal to the overall objectives of the scheme
  • Experience, capacity and ability of the applicant in the context of language development and administration
  • Number of people/families who could potentially benefit
  • Financial status of the applicant including other state financial support being provided

The relevant appeals procedures and how these are accessed

An appeal regarding any decision made in relation to the administration of the scheme can be made by writing to:

An tArd-Rúnaí,

An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnachq, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta,

23 Sráid Chill Dara,

Baile Átha Cliath 2.

http://www.ahg.gov.ie/gaeltacht/the-gaeltacht/language-support-schemes-programmes/sceim-seirbhisi-reamhscoile-agus-iarscoile-ssri/

The Islands – Current Funding

For the purpose of defining the eligibility of an offshore island for recognition in the context of the Department’s remit, the island must:

  • Not be in private ownership;
  • Not be connected by a bridge to the mainland;
  • Be cut off daily by tides from the mainland;
  • Be permanently inhabited.

Current Funding:

Air Transport, Passenger Ferry & Cargo Services:

Purpose of the funding:

To provide adequate, safe, year-round air transport, passenger ferry and cargo services where appropriate; thereby improving the quality of life for islanders, supporting sustainable island communities and promoting island tourism.

Who is eligible to apply?

Suitably qualified passenger ferry and cargo operators in the case of passenger ferry and cargo services are eligible to apply.  The air transport service is provided under Public Service Obligation contract in accordance with the relevant Directive.

How to apply for funding under the scheme?

When tenders for a particular service are being sought, a Request for Tender (RFT) is placed on the government procurement portal www.etenders.gov.ie in compliance with relevant procurement guidelines.

Eligibility criteria:

Tenderers must be in a position to deliver the service sought and comply with all pre-qualifying criteria as specified in the Request for Tender (RFT) in question.

Where applicable, the criteria governing variations in grant levels:

When they arise, any subsequent downward variations to the subsidy agreed by way of contract for the provision of a specific air transport or ferry/cargo service, generally relates to penalties incurred as a result of non-compliance with the terms of the contract on the part of the service provider.  Any upward variations to the agreed subsidy generally relate to increased fuel prices and are based on a pre-agreed formula with the service provider.

Relevant appeals procedures and how these are accessed:

Unless otherwise stated, an appeal regarding any decision made by the division can be sought by writing to:

An tArd-Rúnaí,

An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnachq, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta,

23 Sráid Chill Dara,

Baile Átha Cliath 2.

All reviews will involve more than one person and can include a peer review depending on the significance of the original decision. Appeals are dealt with as expeditiously as possible and the appellant is informed of the outcome.

Current funding in respect of community-based island projects

Current funding may be provided in respect of community-based island projects which underpin the Department’s objectives as they relate to the Islands.

Purpose of the scheme:

To promote the economic, social and cultural development of the islands.

Who is eligible to apply?

Recognised island-based organisations/community groups.

How to apply for funding under the scheme?

By submitting a written application outlining relevant information including general information regarding the applicant (experience, capacity); the duration and nature of the project; the project objective(s); the target group; the anticipated benefits; the projected income and cost; funding sources and anticipated outcome(s).

Eligibility criteria:

  • Necessity of the project
  • Economic, cultural and social benefits of the project
  • Necessity for funding
  • Financial capacity of applicant
  • Similar services already available/supported
  • Funding available/potentially available to applicant from alternative sources
  • Resources available to the Department
  • Competing demands
  • Value for money

Relevant appeals procedures and how these are accessed:

Unless otherwise stated, an appeal regarding any decision made by the division can be sought by writing to:

An tArd-Rúnaí,

An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnachq, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta,

23 Sráid Chill Dara,

Baile Átha Cliath 2.

All reviews will involve more than one person and can include a peer review depending on the significance of the original decision.  Appeals are dealt with as expeditiously as possible and the appellant is informed of the outcome.

An Ghaeltacht – Capital Funding

Community and language-centred projects:

Purpose of the scheme:

In the context of the Department’s overall objective of supporting and strengthening the Irish language as the principal community and household language in the Gaeltacht, financial assistance can be provided towards the capital costs associated with developing or improving (in the main) community-owned facilities in the Gaeltacht.

Who is eligible to apply? 

Community-based organisations/committees in the Gaeltacht.

How to apply for funding under the scheme?

By submitting an application form and supporting documentation as required, (available from the division or the Department’s website at http://www.ahg.gov.ie/gaeltacht/the-gaeltacht/language-support-schemes-programmes/capital-programme/).

Eligibility criteria:

  • Relevance of the project to the Department’s objectives and the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030;
  • Necessity for and sustainability of the project;
  • Linguistic, economic, cultural and social benefits of the project;
  • Compliance with relevant planning, fire, health & safety, public procurement regulations and guidelines as appropriate;
  • Similar facilities already available in the area in question;
  • Cost/benefit of project (including the whole life cost as appropriate);
  • Suitability and capacity of applicant (including financial capacity);
  • Funding available/potentially available to applicant from alternative sources;
  • Previous funding provided (including other projects in the area as appropriate);
  • Resources available to the Department and competing demands;
  • Value for money.

Where applicable, the criteria governing variations in grant levels: 

  • Relevance of the project to the overall objective of the Department;
  • The anticipated benefit of the project;
  • Competing demands;
  • Available resources.

Relevant appeals procedures and how these are accessed:

Unless otherwise stated, an appeal regarding any decision made by the division can be sought by writing to:

An tArd-Rúnaí,

An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnachq, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta,

23 Sráid Chill Dara,

Baile Átha Cliath 2.

All reviews will involve more than one person and can include a peer review depending on the significance of the original decision.  Appeals are dealt with as expeditiously as possible and the appellant is informed of the outcome.

Public infrastructure on the Islands:

Insofar as the offshore islands are concerned, a range of public infrastructure, principally coastal erosion works, may qualify for funding/part funding by the Department.  In general, the relevant local authority and/or contractors/agents acting on its behalf, carry out the works involved on behalf of, or in conjunction with the Department as appropriate.

Purpose of the funding:

To support the economic, social and cultural life of the Islands in addition to supporting and sustaining viable island communities (as applicable).

Who is eligible to apply?

All one-off projects in addition to smaller programmes of works are agreed with and undertaken by the relevant local authority (see below).

How to apply for funding:

Works in general are undertaken in conjunction with the local authorities and therefore no public application process applies.

Eligibility criteria:

Approval for funding is determined in general by reference to the following main criteria:

  • In the case of larger projects and in compliance with relevant guidelines, funding is determined by the application of detailed analysis (which can include feasibility, technical, cost/benefit analysis in addition to capital appraisal);
  • Compliance with relevant planning, public procurement, health & safety regulations and guidelines as applicable and appropriate;
  • Value for money.

Relevant appeals procedures and how these are accessed:

Unless otherwise stated, an appeal regarding any decision made by the division can be sought by writing to:

An tArd-Rúnaí,

An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnachq, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta,

23 Sráid Chill Dara,

Baile Átha Cliath 2.

All reviews will involve more than one person and can include a peer review depending on the significance of the original decision.  Appeals are dealt with as expeditiously as possible and the appellant is informed of the outcome.

The Islands – Capital Funding for Community projects

Community projects:

In the context of the Department’s overall objective of supporting and strengthening island life, financial assistance can be provided towards the capital costs associated with developing or improving (in the main) community-owned facilities on the islands.

Purpose of the scheme:

  • To support the social, cultural and economic life of the islands.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Island-based committees/organisations.

How to apply for funding;

By submitting a written application outlining relevant information including general information regarding the applicant (experience, capacity); the nature of the project; the project objective(s); the target group; the anticipated benefits; the projected income and cost; and funding sources.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Necessity of the project;
  • Economic and social benefits of the project;
  • Compliance with relevant planning, fire, health & safety, public procurement regulations and guidelines as appropriate;
  • If similar facilities are already available;
  • Cost/benefit of project (including the whole life cost as appropriate);
  • Suitability and capacity of applicant (including financial capacity);
  • Funding available/potentially available to applicant from alternative sources;
  • Previous funding provided;
  • Resources available to the Department and competing demands;
  • Value for money.

Relevant appeals procedures and how these are accessed:

Unless otherwise stated, an appeal regarding any decision made by the division can be sought by writing to:

An tArd-Rúnaí,

An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidreachta, Gnóthaí Réigiúnachq, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta,

23 Sráid Chill Dara,

Baile Átha Cliath 2.

All reviews will involve more than one person and can include a peer review depending on the significance of the original decision.  Appeals are dealt with as expeditiously as possible and the appellant is informed of the outcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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