Over €505k for Limerick and Clare ETB from the Government’s Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund – O’Donnell

Press Statement
Kieran O’Donnell TD
Limerick City

Monday 8th February 2020

Over €505k for Limerick and Clare ETB from the Government’s Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund – O’Donnell

56 projects allocated funding benefitting wide range of community organisations.

€505,750 has been granted to Limerick and Clare ETB from the Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund, Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell has said.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris TD has today (Monday) announced the distribution of €5.8m nationally for community education under the fund.

Kieran O’Donnell said: “This new funding for Limerick and Clare ETB was secured as part of Budget 2021 to support community education for adult learners, who have the highest level of need and will especially help with online learning which has become increasingly important due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This funding will help Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board support 56 projects including a wide range of community-based organisations (see notes to editors below & attached) to provide new courses designed for adult learners.

“Funding will also help to increase the participation of disadvantaged learners in Limerick. It encourages and supports them to re-engage with education and training and also helps attract new learners to engage with education and training opportunities.

“The fund has a particular focus on assisting learners with digital infrastructure, including providing devices and software, and increasing their capacity to deliver online learning.

“Crucially, it aims at helping build the digital infrastructure of providers, and their capability to ensure that online learning can be delivered in a way that meets the complex needs of all learners”, Kieran O’Donnell concluded.

Minister Simon Harris added: “We know that too many people in Ireland have difficulties with reading, with numbers or with digital skills. Some people may not have got the help they needed earlier in their lives, but what I want people to know is that there is friendly and non-judgemental help there for you now. There are services all over Ireland which will gladly assist you with the skills you’d like to learn.

“One of the things that the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted was educational inequality – be it a lack of devices like laptops or someone not having the connectivity to study online. The funding I am announcing today is specifically designed to tackle those inequalities and support access to community education.

“Education is for everyone, for all your life, and I am determined that my department will be part of building an inclusive Ireland where nobody is left behind.”


Notes to Editors:



ETB                                          Total MAEDF Funding Allocated

Cavan and Monaghan ETB        €520,462

City of Dublin ETB                     €925,141

Cork ETB                                  €946,669

Donegal ETB                            €282,892

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB   €134,509

Galway and Roscommon ETB    €220,951

Kerry ETB                                 €37,278

Kildare and Wicklow ETB           €14,536

Kilkenny and Carlow ETB           €27,320

Laois and Offaly ETB                 €447,801

Limerick and Clare ETB             €505,750

Longford and Westmeath ETB    €173,638

Louth and Meath ETB                €385,777

Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB      €274,838

Tipperary ETB                           €150,446

Waterford and Wexford ETB       €788,739

TOTAL                                     €5,836,747


LCETB – Mitigating against Educational Disadvantage Fund Approvals for Funding 2021

ETB Project Title Internal /External External Grantee Name Digital Technologies Learner Assistance Fund Reach-out/ Mentoring COVID-19 Exceptional Circumstances Funding Amount Approved
LCETB Adult Education External Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre Limerick €3,900 €600 €4,500
LCETB Dads on Water – Kayaking Skills Internal Core Skills €10,000 €10,000
LCETB Learner Hardship Fund Internal AISS €10,000 €10,000
LCETB Reach Out Limerick Women External NCCWN Limerick Women`s Network €2,300 €1,700 €1,700 €600 €6,300
LCETB Education Room External King Thomond €6,000 €6,000
LCETB Find the Best in You Campaign Internal Communications Team LCETB €35,300 €35,300
LCETB Study At Home External Griffin House €10,000 €10,000
LCETB Equity in Education External Le Chéile NS €3,400 €3,400
LCETB Support Families through Learning and Care External Limerick Social Service Council Child and Family Centre €10,000 €2,000 €3,000 €15,000
LCETB Access to online education for asylum seekers External Clare Lodge Direct Provision Centre Bridgestock Care LTD €10,000 €7,500 €17,500
LCETB Education Support Project External West Clare Family Resource Centre €12,000 €12,000
LCETB Northside External Northside Family Resource Centre €8,500 €1,500 €10,000
LCETB Community Digital Learning Centre External Tait House Community Enterprise CLG €5,150 €1,750 €500 €600 €8,000
LCETB Technology Support for LCEN Development Workers External Limerick Community Education Network €3,350 €3,350
LCETB Link IT External Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ireland €3,000 €3,000
LCETB Resources and Materials for Community Groups Internal Community Education Clare €11,000 €11,000
LCETB Doonbeg and Shannon Men`s Shed Internal Shannon and Doonbeg Men`s Shed €9,700 €9,700
LCETB Building awareness of Opportunity Internal Communications €30,000 €30,000
LCETB Moyross Employment and Training Initiative External Moyross Youth Academy €7,200 €6,250 €13,450
LCETB Laptop outreach program External St Marys Community Adult Education Group €10,000 €10,000
LCETB Speak Up, Speak Out Programme External NCCWN CLare Women’s Network €7,000 €4,500 €11,500
LCETB Hospital FRC Community Education Project External Hospital Family Resource Centre €15,000 €4,000 €400 €19,400
LCETB Abbeyfeale Community Council External Abbeyfeale Educational Disadvantage Project €1,000 €750 €1,750
LCETB Project Seomra- Halla External East Clare Co-op €1,000 €1,000
LCETB Community Laptop Loan Scheme External Garryowen CDP €5,000 €1,600 €6,600
LCETB Engagement and encouragement of Disadvantaged adn socially isolated learners in the community External Shannon Family Resource Centre €1,800 €830 €11,200 €13,830
LCETB Tackling Digital Divide on the Southside of Limerick city External Southill Family Resource Centre CLG €12,500 €12,500
LCETB Learner Engagement during the pandemic External Limerick City CDP CLG €20,000 €800 €1,300 €22,100
LCETB Building Up Family Resources Internal Limerick & Clare ETB – Core Skills/Family Learning €18,500 €18,500
LCETB Mitigating against educational disadvantage External St. Lelia`s Community Education Campus €21,000 €1,000 €22,000
LCETB Horticultural Pathways through Outdoor Education External Clare Youth Service (Shannon Area) €1,000 €1,000
LCETB NWCFRC educational project External North West Clare Family Resource Centre €16,000 €1,000 €17,000
LCETB IWA Community Employment Scheme External Irish Wheeelchair Association Community Employment Scheme €4,000 €4,000
LCETB Learning from a Distance External Moyross Adult Education Group €2,000 €2,000
LCETB The Umbrella Project Community Employment Scheme External Community Employment Scheme €7,500 €7,500
LCETB Cuddles Family Literacy Initiative External Thomond Primary School €1,000 €1,000
LCETB Empowering Women in the Community External Obair Newmarket on Fergus CLG €1,200 €1,000 €1,000 €800 €4,000
LCETB Womens Sewing Project External Sixmilebridge & District Community Services CLG €3,000 €3,000
LCETB Improving your Numeracy & Literacy in a Pandemic External Brothers of Charity €1,400 €1,400
LCETB ipad Loan Scheme External Clare Crusaders Children`s Clinic €5,000 €5,000
LCETB Provision of digital support (purchase of laptop) External Dromcollogher Broadford CE Scheme CLG €520 €520
LCETB Kildysart/Coolmeen/Cranny Development Ltd External Kildysart/Coolmeen/Cranny Development Ltd €4,000 €4,000
LCETB Digital Inclusion Programme. External Croom Family Resource Centre €1,000 €1,000
LCETB Killaloe/Ballina Community Training & Development Hub – Training Kithen External Killaloe/Ballina Community & Family Resource Centre €3,000 €2,000 €5,000
LCETB Mental Health Awareness External Michael Cusack Centre €15,000 €15,000
LCETB Learner Supports Internal LCETB – Community Education/ core Skills €1,500 €4,000 €5,500
LCETB Tus Nua External Bedford Row Traveller Family Project €8,000 €8,000
LCETB Learner Hardship Fund Internal Active Inclusion €4,250 €4,250
LCETB Doodle family Literacy Programme ICT External St Mary’s NS €5,100 €2,000 €500 €7,600
LCETB Ehancing digital links for young learners External Clare Youth Service €9,000 €9,000
LCETB Northside FRC Ditital Lending Library External Northside Family Resource Centre €3,000 €3,000
LCETB Ballyhoura Access to Learning Initiative (BALI) External Ballyhoura Development CLG €24,000 €1,000 €25,000
LCETB IWA learning Support Project Ennis External Irish Wheelchair Association (Ennis) €3,300 €3,300
LCETB COVID_19 exceptional Circumstances External Croom Community Association €1,500 €1,500
LCETB Ardagh Learning Project External Ardagh Dev Co Ltd €1,000 €500 €1,500
LCETB Enabling After Schools Homework External Barefield Community Centre €2,000 €6,000 €8,000
Total €505,750


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