Funding Bodies and Guidelines
The PPN was set up as a result of recommendations made by the Working Group on Citizen Engagement with Local Government. The PPN is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in partnership with South Dublin County Council. The Department issues guidelines around the funding and operation of PPNs.
The following are documents circulated by the Department:
2013: Report from the Working Group: Working Group Report for Minister – Final
2014: Guidelines issued May 2014: Guidelines_May_2014
2014: Department PPN update October 2014: PPN Update All LAs 22.10.2014
2015: Funding Circular issued June 2015: Circular CVSP1 2015
2016: 2015 Reporting & 2016 Funding circular issued April 2016: Circular CVSP1 2016
2016: New Guidelines issued in May 2016: PPN User guide V1. May 16
2016: Funding Reporting Circular issued in July 2016: Circular CVSP2 2016
2016: Funding Arrangements 2016: Circular CVSP3 2016
2017: Updated PPN Guidelines March 2017: PPN_User_Guide_V2_March_17
South Dublin County Council in partnership with the South Dublin County PPN have contracted the South Dublin County Volunteer Centre to host the PPN organisation. This means that the South Dublin County Volunteer Centre employs the PPN worker and provides office space. This is also to make sure that the PPN operates independently from South Dublin County Council.
The PPN Secretariat oversee the day-to-day operations of the PPN and manage the work of the co-ordinator. Neither South Dublin County Council or South Dublin County Volunteer Centre direct the work of the co-ordinator.
For 2016, the PPN has an annual budget of €80,000 per year. This funding is used to:
- Employ a full-time PPN Co-ordinator
- Rent Office Space and Pay Employment Costs
- Resource the Office: Administration Materials, IT, Equipment, Postage, etc.
- Develop and Fund Pillar Work Plans and Projects
- Hire Rooms for Meetings and Events
- Provide Training & Workshops
- Marketing Materials and Publications
- Provide for vouched expenses such as Parking, Public Transport and Mileage.
PPN expenditure is audited by A J King & Co Auditors as part of the South Dublin County Volunteer Centre audit.
The PPN budget for 2017 was adopted by the Secretariat on 15th November 2016. It can be viewed here: 2017_PPN_Budget