Community Employment Scheme

Projects that respond to an identified community need and provide development for participants are eligible; for example, projects involving heritage, arts, culture, tourism, sport, and the environment.

Projects should have the agreement of the relevant trade unions and must not displace or replace existing jobs. The project must offer valuable work opportunities for participants.

The sponsor is provided with resources to employ unemployed people as participants. Normally, participants are employed for one year, for an average of 39 hours per fortnight. The eligibility criteria allow you to recruit participants provided they are more than one year unemployed. Through their period spent at work in a project, they improve their chances of being integrated into subsequent employment elsewhere in the local economy.

Údarás na Gaeltachta will pay a wages grant for all approved participants for the full period of employment. A contribution towards full-time supervision and material costs will be made. Grants towards Participant Development will be provided. Support is also being phased for Sponsor groups for development and training in the skills required for managing the project and its resources.

An application form may be downloaded here.