CREED WELCOMES €50,000 FOR WESTGATE FOUNDATION BALLINCOLLIG

Cork North West T.D. Michael Creed has today warmly welcomed the allocation of €50,000 by the Department of Health of National Lottery funds to the Westgate Foundation Ballincollig. Commenting on the allocation Deputy Creed said:

“I am pleased to see a very worthy organisation in this constituency being supported with an allocation from the Department of Health of National Lottery funding. Westgate Foundation, in Ballincollig has been awarded €50,000 which I hope can supplement the ongoing fundraising efforts of the foundation and help them deliver on their continuing development plans.”

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CREED WELCOMES €60,000 FOR OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL BALLINCOLLIG

Cork North West T.D. Michael Creed has today warmly welcomed the allocation of €60,000 by the Department of Health of National Lottery funds to our Lady of Good Counsel Ballincollig. Commenting on the allocations Deputy Creed said:

“I am pleased to see a very worthy organisation in this constituency being supported with an allocation from the Department of Health of National Lottery funding. Our Lady of Good Counsel Special School, in Ballincollig has been awarded €60,000 for the purpose of installing sports and play facilities including a running track at the school. This would be a wonderful facility for the school and I hope that this grant can go some of the way to seeing the project completed”

CREED URGES STUDENTS TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR STUDENT GRANT SCHEME

The Department of Education and Skills has announced details of the further and higher education Student Grant Scheme for the 2011/12 academic year. Commenting on the announcement Deputy Creed said;

“Up until now, there were four grant schemes. In the first major step to overhaul the student grant system, the four schemes have been replaced by a single unified scheme this year. This will make it far easier for students to apply for a grant.

Almost 38,000 students, well over half of the expected number of applications, will be able to apply online for their grant this year. The grants online facility has been rolled out to an extra 24 grant awarding bodies giving a total of 35 in all now using the system. The system is available through studentfinance.ie.”

This facility will be available to all students next year when a single grant awarding authority will become operational. The CDVEC was recently announced as that authority after a competitive process.

“With the Leaving Certificate finished, the Department is urging students who may qualify to apply as quickly as possible for a grant and to ensure that forms are correctly completed. This will prevent log jams in the system or delays to decisions. Previously, those who wait until very late in the process, frequently only after a CAO offer, faced delayed decisions”.

 “In addition, up to 60% of applications in some areas have to be returned because they are not fully completed, they are inaccurately completed or don’t have the necessary supporting documentation. Again, this contributes significantly to delays”.

“The grantsonline system will play an important role in reducing application completion errors because the system is intelligent to the information being input”.

“The Department confirmed that income limits to qualify for maintenance grants and payment of the student contribution remain unchanged for the new academic year.  However, students should be aware of a change introduced to the scheme under the last government’s Budget 2011 which reduces the qualifying distance criterion for the non-adjacent rate of grant from 24kms to 45km”.

Details of the scheme together with the application form and guidance notes are available in the grants section of the http://www.studentfinance.ie.website.

The Department of Education and Skills has announced details of the further and higher education Student Grant Scheme for the 2011/12 academic year. Commenting on the announcement Deputy Creed said;

“Up until now, there were four grant schemes. In the first major step to overhaul the student grant system, the four schemes have been replaced by a single unified scheme this year. This will make it far easier for students to apply for a grant.

Almost 38,000 students, well over half of the expected number of applications, will be able to apply online for their grant this year. The grants online facility has been rolled out to an extra 24 grant awarding bodies giving a total of 35 in all now using the system. The system is available through studentfinance.ie.”

This facility will be available to all students next year when a single grant awarding authority will become operational. The CDVEC was recently announced as that authority after a competitive process.

“With the Leaving Certificate finished, the Department is urging students who may qualify to apply as quickly as possible for a grant and to ensure that forms are correctly completed. This will prevent log jams in the system or delays to decisions. Previously, those who wait until very late in the process, frequently only after a CAO offer, faced delayed decisions”.

 

“In addition, up to 60% of applications in some areas have to be returned because they are not fully completed, they are inaccurately completed or don’t have the necessary supporting documentation. Again, this contributes significantly to delays”.

“The grantsonline system will play an important role in reducing application completion errors because the system is intelligent to the information being input”.

“The Department confirmed that income limits to qualify for maintenance grants and payment of the student contribution remain unchanged for the new academic year.

However, students should be aware of a change introduced to the scheme under the last government’s Budget 2011 which reduces the qualifying distance criterion for the non-adjacent rate of grant from 24kms to 45km”.

Details of the scheme together with the application form and guidance notes are available in the grants section of the http://www.studentfinance.ie.website.

CREED WELCOMES NEW BETTER ENERGY PROGRAMME

The Better Energy Programme makes it easier for homeowners, irrespective of financial means, to access energy efficiency measures, be it through the energy suppliers or other contractors. There will be one point of contact for accessing Government supports in this area, including advice on what measures are best for any home.

A typical family, spending maybe €1000 every year to heat the home, can choose from a range of measures, from attic or wall insulation, to upgrading the boiler and heating controls. The cost of the work will range from €2000 for a simple upgrade to more than €15,000 for a complete package. Grants of up to €5500 are available. The family can shop around among contractors to select their actions and get the best price, and then a simple online application process gives them the grant. Their home will be noticeably much more comfortable as soon as the work is complete, and they will also save as much as €500 in annual heating bills.

Details of the scheme are available through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland website at www.seai.ie or alternatively contact my office at 026-41835