Community groups working to prevent crime in can now apply for funding under the 2018 Text Alert Rebate Scheme, to assist them in their work. €150,000 has been made available to local communities across Ireland.
This scheme allows Text Alert Groups registered with An Garda Síochána to apply for a rebate towards the costs associated with running their local Text Alert Scheme.
This initiative has developed as an important crime prevention mechanism with over 600 local groups across the country involving in excess of 120,000 subscribers and with an estimated 200,000 text messages sent each month under the scheme.
On 20 September 2018, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, renewed the Text Alert Rebate Scheme for a further year. Muintir na Tíre will adminster this scheme on behalf of all eligible Text Alert Groups. The scheme will see groups receive a rebate on their eligible operating costs.
Who Is Eligible For A Rebate?
To be eligible, groups must:
- Have registered with An Garda Síochána using form TA1, before 31st August 2018
- Comply with the agreed Text Alert guidelines
What Are Eligible Costs?
Eligible costs include the following costs for the previous 12 months:
- Costs of issuing texts
- Cost of insurance
- Affiliation fees
Groups should submit an application to Muintir na Tíre before 30th November 2018 on the application form below and enclose evidence of eligible costs. This can take the form of an invoice dated any time within the previous 12 months. Please note the closing date will be strictly adhered to this year.
Text Alert Rebate Forms are Available at these links.