Community Healthcare West Section 39 Grant Aid Agreement and National Lottery Funding process

Details regarding the Community Healthcare West 2020 National Lottery Campaign process can be found by clicking here.


Section 39 documentation relates to Community, Voluntary & Not for Profit Agencies being funded under Section 39 of the Health Act, 2004 to deliver health and social care services.

In early 2018, Community Healthcare West commenced a Project to enhance compliance with national Financial Regulations and to ensure that funded services are both aligned to our current Operational Plan and support our core values of – Care-Compassion-Trust-Learning.  Funding available via Section 39 is limited and confined to the current budget level. We wish to highlight that there is no anticipated increase in 2020 funding allocations.  Funded Service Providers must be in a position to comply with HSE requirements for governance, indemnity, insurance, reporting procedures, constitutional matters, operational systems, structures, recruitment & employment policies, training and detailed Codes of Practice for Corporate Governance. 

2020 Applications

Regarding 2020 applications for both Section 39 Grants and National Lottery Grants Service Providers should ensure that those applying on their behalf are made aware of the following requirements:


1.                  An application for Section 39 funding is necessary on an annual basis using the designated application form.
                     (please ensure you are using the most recent copy of the application via the link provided)

2.                  The application form for National Lottery Grants will be published on in early 2020.

3.                  As an annual funding process, we wish to highlight that some organisations that are currently in receipt of
                     funding may not be successful in the coming year or may receive less funding.

4.                  Applications must be aligned to the current Community Healthcare West Delivery Plan.

5.                  The 2020 Section 39 Grant Aid Agreement campaign will commence/open on 14th September 2019 with closing date
                      for application receipt on 10th December 2019.  The National Lottery campaign is anticipated to be launched on
             in early 2020.

6.                  Section 39 Grant Aid Agreement Applications must be completed, signed and delivered to: FAO: 2020 Grant Aid
                     Applications, Office of the Chief Officer, Community Healthcare West, Block B, Merlin Park Hospital
                     Campus, Galway, H91 N973 - by post or hand by 5pm on 10 December 2019.
   Applications received
                     outside of this time or  in an alternative format will not be accepted.

7.                  Where persons wish to deliver applications by hand, this can be done at the following locations:

a)      County Galway:        

                 i.         Ms Elaine Diskin, Finance Department Reception, Finance Building, Merlin Park Hospital Campus,
                            Dublin Road, Galway, H91 N973

                 ii.         Reception, Community Healthcare West,
                             Newcastle Road, Galway, H91 RW28

b)      County Roscommon: Ms Aishling Carr, Finance Dept, Community Healthcare West, Government Buildings,
                                              Convent Rd, Roscommon, F42 VX53

c)      County Mayo: Mr Brian McCormack, Finance Department, Community Healthcare West, First Floor, St. Mary’s Hospital,
                                  Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 HP58

8.                  Application outcomes will be determined via an adjudication process using the enhanced criteria. 

9.                  The outcome of your Section 39 Grant Aid Agreement application will be notified to you in writing no later
                      than 30th April 2020.

10.                2020 funding application invitations will be advertised on, key local newspapers and
                     via the Community Healthcare West Twitter account (@cho2west).

11.              HSE services are not eligible to apply for Section 39 funding.

12.              Information meetings will be held in September 2019 to provide information and support to those seeking
                   Section 39 funding from Community Healthcare West.

13.              A dedicated telephone number/voicemail service has been established for your use – 091 775003.

14.              A dedicated email address has been established for general enquiries –
                  (applications should not be submitted via email).

To assist with your application please find the following:

1.              Section 39 Grant Aid Agreement Application Form & completion Checklist

2.              Grant Aid Agreement sample

3.              Sample Chairpersons statement

4.              Supporting information

5.              Community Healthcare West Delivery Plan 2019

6.              Community Healthcare West Annual Report 2018

 2020 application and allocation timelines

Applications for Section 39 funding
accepted from:
14 September 2019
Closing Date 10 December 2019
Adjudication will occur by: 28 February 2020
Notification of adjudication outcome will
be completed by:
28 March 2020
National Lottery campaign Anticipated to be launched in
February/March 2020
National Lottery outcome notification Anticipated no later than 21 August 2020

Tips on completing a Community Healthcare West Section 39 Grant Aid Agreement Application form:


1.                  All Section 39 applications must be aligned to the most recent Community Healthcare West Operational Plan. 
                     The Operational Plan contains key priorities and objectives for the Organisation in the delivery of person-centred and quality social and healthcare services.

2.                  Funding will be sourced from within the available resource.

3.                  An adjudication process has been established to govern and assure funding decisions.  Successful applications
                     will be determined by a collective group of Service Managers and Coordinators from the relevant Division i.e.
                     Older Persons’ Services applications will be adjudicated by the Social Care Division etc. 

4.                  All applications will be measured against the adjudication criteria and non-compliance will result in funding refusal.

5.                  The Social Care Division (Older Persons’ Services and Disability Services) has established additional Care Group
                      Criteria against which applications will also be measured:

Older Persons’ Services:

a)       DAY SUPPORT
c)       TRANSPORT
d)       OTHER:
Links with PHN/GP/Therapies etc.
Assistance with Showering/Bathing
Assistance with Laundry
Assistance with Fuel management
Assistance with physical activities
Provision of Classes/further education
Social supports


Your Community Healthcare West contacts:
For applications regarding
Disability services
Suzanne Keenan 094 904 2011
For applications regarding
Older Persons Services
Orla Irwin 087 2501011
For applications regarding
Mental Health services
Aidan Sweeney 094 904 9242
For applications regarding
Health and Wellbeing
Sean Gordon 094 904 2145
For applications regarding
Primary Care
Padraic Carolan 094 904 9068