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Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has launched the £3.3million Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund.

This fund will help to safely deliver essential services during the Covid-19 crisis, with an allocation of £2.5m to assist with the safe reopening of the VCSE sector and additional funds of £800,000 to provide IT and digital devices to VCSE groups which need to move services to an online platform.

The fund will be distributed by Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Rural Community Network.

The fund goes live for applications at 10am on Thursday 12th November 2020 and will close to applications at 4pm on Friday 11th December 2020. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early as it is expected that the VCSE Covid Recovery Fund will attract considerable interest across the sector and result in a high volume of applications. The fund has a limited budget and may close early if the budget has been expended.

Groups can apply for awards up to £5,000 for purchase of PPE and IT and digital devices. Further information is available at

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