Frequently Asked Questions - Fund for European Aid for the most Deprived (FEAD)


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  1. What organisations can apply?
  2. Can an individual apply for support?
  3. Who are the most deprived?
  4. What are the categories of people?
  5. Our organisations provides ad-hoc or infrequent support, can we apply?
  6. Our organisation provides a "meals on wheels service" to the elderly, can we apply?
  7. We do Christmas Hampers, can we access the Programme?
  8. EU Programme s come with a lot of responsibilities – if our organisation apply will be have to do a lot of reporting?
  9. What are accompanying measures?
  10. Is the purchase of food subject to public procurement rules?
  11. How are applications evaluated?

1. What organisations can apply?

The Programme is being delivered through the ‘not for profit sector’.  Organisations that work with people who are most deprived and meet the other criteria for the Programme can apply to the Department of Social Protection.  

2. Can an individual apply for support?

No, funding and access will be provided to legally recognised organisations only.

3. Who are the most deprived?

The regulations are particular in that the supports available must be for people who are considered to be the most deprived.  Simply being in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, being a person of a particular age or being a child will not be sufficient to meet the criteria.  In consultation with a range of bodies, the Managing Authority has defined that the limited funding from the programme should be concentrated on categories of people who suffer from lack of access to accommodation, reasonable quality food, and lack income support.

4. What are the categories of people?

These are the categories of people that organisations can access the Programme to support on a regular basis:

  • homeless persons including long-term rough sleepers
  • children in low income/work intensity households
  • victims of domestic violence in refuges and shelters
  • person suffering or recovering from addictions
  • certain members of the Roma and Traveller communities
  • vulnerable persons transitioning to independent living from emergency accommodation, institutionalized care settings or places of detention
  • any person without income, accommodation or means not otherwise defined above.

5. Our organisations provides ad-hoc or infrequent support, can we apply?

Yes you can apply, however, you must clearly indicated how this approach will address the needs of persons who are most deprived.

6. Our organisation provides a "meals on wheels service" to the elderly, can we apply?

Yes you can apply.  Many elderly people will not meet the criteria of being most deprived and therefore, the level of supports that might be available will be greatly limited.  As charges are made in respect of the provision of meals to the elderly, the programme will not be suitable. 

7. We do Christmas Hampers, can we access the Programme?

It is likely that an application like this could be considered.  However, the organisations will have to show that they are targeting the most deprived people in their community and not just people who need a helping hand at Christmas.  The same reporting and accounting requirements will apply to any applicant approved that provides such types of ad-hoc supports.

8. EU Programme s come with a lot of responsibilities – if our organisation apply will be have to do a lot of reporting?

If your organisation is approved it will be designated as a partner organisation for the delivery of the programme and will have to meet the reporting responsibilities.  These related to recording input and output indicators for food, basic material assistance and accompanying measures.  There is also a separate EU Regulation (FEAD 1255/14) which sets out the data that is to be collected. 
Ensuring you meet the reporting requirements will be condition of contracts to delivery support from the Programme.

9. What are accompanying measures?

The Fund will support activities contributing to the social inclusion of the most deprived persons. These may include support and advisory services to improve client access to mainstream public services for housing, social welfare, health, education and employment needs.

10. Is the purchase of food subject to public procurement rules?

Yes.

11. How are applications evaluated?

All applications will be evaluated by a team established by the Managing Authority.  The applications will first be checked for completeness.  Additional information may be sought.  Information provided will be verified and tested against the criteria set out in the Regulations and the Operational Programme (these are on the www.feadireland.ie website).

Last modified:01/09/2016