255. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the process for applying for an extension to a CCTV scheme; the funding available for a community seeking the installation of a camera to counter anti-social behaviour; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6822/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that, in April 2017, in pursuance of a Programme for Government commitment, a Community-based CCTV grant-aid Scheme was launched by my Department to assist groups in the establishment of community-based CCTV systems in their local areas.
Under the Scheme, eligible community groups can apply for grant-aid of up to 60% of the total capital cost of a proposed CCTV system, up to a maximum grant of €40,000. Upon approval of the grant, the applicant will receive an up-front payment of 50% of the grant with the balance to be paid when the system is fully operational.
I am very conscious of the value that communities, especially rural communities, place on CCTV as a means of deterring crime and assisting in the detection of offenders and I would encourage interested groups to avail of the Scheme.
Full details of the Scheme, including eligibility guidelines, application forms, code of practice and other relevant documentation are all available to download from my Department's website -