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Minister Ciarán Cannon announces over £5.2 Million in ESP Funding to the Irish Community in Britain

Minister of State Ciarán Cannon announces over £5.2 Million in
ESP Funding to the Irish Community in Britain

  • Over £5.2 million in grants under the Department’s Emigrant Support Programme provided to 108 organisations in Britain;

 

  • Demonstration of the Government’s strong commitment to supporting our emigrants, particularly the most vulnerable, and the wider Irish diaspora community across Britain

Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr Ciarán Cannon T.D., has announced details of over £5.2 million in funding for the Irish community in Britain during a visit to London today.  In 2018, grants have been made to 108 organisations in Britain in support of a range of projects through the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) which is operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Minister said “I am pleased to announce the Government’s contribution via the Emigrant Support Programme to over 100 organisations in Britain which support both our emigrants and the broader Irish community.  The diverse range of projects funded reflect the Government’s continued commitment to these organisations, in particular those which provide frontline advisory services and community care to those in greatest need of support.  They offer invaluable assistance to our emigrants, especially the most vulnerable, through advice and welfare programmes combatting loneliness, homelessness, addiction and mental health issues. In 2018, for the first time, dedicated funding was provided to collaborative projects which brought together a range of organisations to address a particular need.  In addition, grants have been made to Irish cultural and sporting organisations as well as business networks. 

It is my hope that this funding will assist in the promotion of a vibrant and active Irish community in Britain, whose contribution the Government values highly, and who have an important role to play in the challenging period ahead”.

ENDS
Press Office
23 October 2018

 

Note for Editors:

Emigrant Support Programme: Since 1984, the Irish Government has given financial support to voluntary agencies providing advice and welfare services to Irish emigrants overseas. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade working through Ireland’s Embassy Network coordinates the provision of support to communities abroad and administers the programme.

The main focus for funding under the Emigrant Support Programme remains the frontline welfare service providers that support elderly Irish emigrants, and other vulnerable members of our communities worldwide. In more recent years the programme has also recognised the importance of strong and active Irish communities more generally, funding projects which foster a sense of community, promoting vibrant networks and a sense of Irishness among the Irish abroad. The Emigrant Support Programme funding year runs from 1 July – 30 June. Further details can be found on www.dfa.ie

Almost £30 million has been provided to organisations in Britain through the ESP over the past six years.

 

Please see a list of organisations awarded funding in the 2018-2019 Grant Round:

2018 ESP FUNDING AWARDED TO ORGANISATIONS IN BRITAIN

 

Organisation

2018 Funding Awarded  £

 

Acton Homeless Concern

£30,000

 

Age UK Hillingdon

£10,000

 

Aisling Project

£107,000

 

Ashford Place (formerly CHC)

£152,900

 

Association of Mixed Race Irish

£2,000

 

Bell Farm Christian Centre

£6,000

 

Benefits Advice Shop

£2,000

 

Birmingham Irish Association

£208,300

 

Birmingham Tradfest Ltd

£3,500

 

Bolton Irish Community Association

£6,000

 

Brent Centre for Young People

£18,500

 

Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS)

£119,100

 

Brian Boru Club

£15,250

 

Causeway Irish Housing Assoc

£4,500

 

Causeway: Irish Business Network Scotland

£25,000

 

Celtic & Irish Cultural Society

£11,500

 

Connection at St. Martins, The

£16,300

 

Conradh na Gaeilge, Glaschú

£40,900

 

Corby Irish Centre

£2,600

 

Corby Young At Heart Luncheon Group

£7,250

 

Council of Irish County Associations

£13,000

 

Coventry Irish Society

£60,500

 

Derby St. Patrick's Day Celebration

£1,500

 

Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland

£3,500

 

Emerald Centre, The

£50,000

 

Emerald Circle Club

£3,500

 

Emerald Senior Citizens Group

£4,000

 

Feith an Cheoil School of Irish Traditional Music

£4,500

 

Friends, Families and Travellers

£35,000

 

Glashu Gaels GFC

£1,000

 

Gloucester and District Irish Society

£41,000

 

Golden Shamrock Club, The

£8,500

 

Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association

£3,500

 

Halifax and District Irish Society

£5,000

 

Haringey Cultural and Community Centre

£161,500

 

Haslingden IDL Club

£4,000

 

Hibernian Irish Society, The

£13,350

 

Huddersfield Irish Centre

£3,500

 

Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Association

£4,000

 

IIBN Ltd (Irish International Business Network)

£38,000

 

Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP)

£151,400

 

Innisfree Housing Association

£5,000

 

Irish Arts Foundation

£40,000

 

Irish Chaplaincy in Britain

£235,000

 

Irish Club Warrington

£4,600

 

Irish Community Care

£274,800

 

Irish Community Care Manchester

£150,400

 

Irish Community Services

£203,500

 

Irish Cultural Activities Programme/ISW

£3,000

 

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith

£140,000

 

Irish Democratic League of GB

£1,500

 

Irish Diaspora Foundation

£58,750

 

Irish Elderly Advice Network

£97,500

 

Irish Film London

£32,000

 

Irish Heritage Ltd

£7,000

 

Irish in Britain

£400,000

 

Irish Literary Society

£4,000

 

Irish Music and Dance in London

£21,000

 

Irish Pensioners Choir

£3,000

 

Irish Pensioners Forum of East London

£5,000

 

Irish Repertory Theatre Company UK

£11,000

 

Irish Tuesday Club, Liverpool

£7,500

 

Jersey Irish Society

£7,050

 

Kilburn Irish Pensioners

£1,500

 

Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange

£31,000

 

Leeds Irish Health & Homes

£156,000

 

Leeds St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebrations

£8,000

 

Leicester & Leicestershire Irish Forum

£25,000

 

Leicstershire GATE

£20,000

 

Lewisham Irish Community Centre

£55,130

 

Liverpool Irish Centre

£47,800

 

Liverpool Irish Festival

£11,000

 

London GAA

£200,000

 

London Gypsies and Travellers

£79,000

 

London Irish Amateur Rugby Club

£6,000

 

London Irish Centre

£452,200

 

Luton Irish Forum

£131,176

 

Manchester Irish Education Group

£1,200

 

Manchester Irish Language Group

£580

 

Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association

£6,800

 

Maya Centre

£22,500

 

Milton Keynes Irish Centre

£10,200

 

Monica's Place

£56,000

 

New Horizon Youth Centre

£32,500

 

NOAH Enterprise

£55,000

 

North Wales Irish Society

£3,500

 

Northampton Irish Support Group

£43,000

 

Nottingham St. Patrick's Day Parade

£5,000

 

Passage, The

£35,000

 

Portsmouth Irish Society

£1,000

 

Safe Start Foundation

£70,000

 

Sandwell Irish Society

£34,500

 

SanKTus

£25,100

 

Sheffield Irish Association

£2,100

 

SIFA Fireside

£15,000

 

Solace Women's Aid

£35,000

 

South London Irish Association, The

£3,500

 

Southwark Irish Pensioners

£124,600

 

Southwark Travellers Action Group

£50,000

 

St. Patrick's Festival Ltd. Birmingham

£8,000

 

Streetwork UK

£19,000

 

Teesside Irish Society

£2,000

 

Traveller Movement, The

£120,000

 

Tyneside Irish Centre

£14,000

 

Tyneside Irish Cultural Society

£30,500

 

West Hampstead Women's Centre

£5,000

 

West Midlands Irish Business Group

£4,000

 

York Irish Association

£3,000

 

ESP PROJECTS TOTAL

£5,171,836

 
     

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

 

 

Organisations

Project

2018 Funding Awarded £

Birmingham Irish Association, Coventry Irish Society and Sandwell Irish Society

West Midlands Irish Support Partnership Collaborative Project

£9,400

Irish In Britain, Irish Community Services, Irish Community Care, Luton Irish forum, Birmingham Irish Association, Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy, London Irish Centre Charity, Irish Chaplaincy, The Traveller Movement and Leeds Irish Health & Homes

Irish Support Partnership – Joint Impact Project

£29,900

Liverpool Irish Centre and Irish Community Care

Slainte Le Chéile Health Together Collaborative Project

£23,200

Irish Community Care, Irish Community Care Manchester, Leeds GATE and Leeds Irish Health and Homes

The Northern Partnership-Neart le Chéile

£40,000

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS TOTAL

 

£102,500

 

 

 

TOTAL ESP FUNDING FOR BRITAIN

 

£5,274,336