Please read this before completing and submitting an application form
The Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) is a tangible expression of the Government’s support, commitment to, and interest in, Global Irish communities, as outlined in The Global Irish: Ireland's Diaspora Policy. Strengthening connections with Irish Communities abroad and promoting links with Irish people and people of Irish ancestry worldwide is also a key objective of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. These communities are made up of Irish emigrants, their descendants, those living abroad who share and celebrate an Irish heritage identity and global links with Ireland.
Central to achieving this objective is the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP), which is administered by the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, in partnership with Irish Embassies and Consulates abroad.
Through the ESP, the Government provides financial support to organisations engaged in the delivery of front line advisory services and community care to Irish emigrants, particularly to the more vulnerable and marginalised members of our community abroad, including the elderly. In addition the ESP also facilitates Irish Government investment in a range of cultural, community and heritage projects, which foster a vibrant sense of Irish community and identity, as well as strategic capital projects.
Since its inception in 2004, the Emigrant Support Programme has assisted over 530 organisations in 36 countries with grants totalling over €170 million. Grants have ranged from small amounts for grass-roots groups, to major allocations awarded to voluntary and community organisations operating on a large scale. In 2018 alone, there was over 490 applications from more than 20 countries requesting over €21 million worth of funding for the Programme's €11.6 million budget.
Objectives of ESP – Is your project eligible?
We are interested in funding charities, charitable bodies or voluntary/not-for-profit projects which seek to fulfil one or more of the following objectives:
In 2019 the Government remains committed to supporting projects that are:
Criteria for grant aid:
Applicant organisations should be established as registered charities, charitable bodies or voluntary/not for profit organisations and will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Categories of Funding:
All funding decisions are based on the information submitted in the official application form, which must be submitted online. No hard copy application forms will be accepted.
The categories under which ESP can be applied for are as follows;
Organisations are permitted to make applications in more than one category.
Principles governing recipients of Irish Government funding:
The ESP is funded through taxpayers money and is therefore public funding. The highest levels of transparency and accountability will be applied. As part of this we require reports on the impacts and the success of projects funded as well as financial reports.
In line with regulations governing the receipt of grants from the Irish Government, all grantees must:
Set out clearly the objectives, inputs and outputs of their funding spend:
Ensure appropriate governance arrangements are in place for:oversight and administration of funding:
Value for money
Be in a position to provide evidence on:
Manage public funds with the highest degree of honesty and integrity:
Additional Points to Note:
It is recognised that it may not be possible to immediately begin a project which has been approved for funding. However, it is expected that the project will have commenced within six months of receipt of the grant. Irish Government accounting practices require the money to be used for the approved purpose within the same funding year.
The Funding year runs from 1st July 2019 until the 30th June 2020.
Grant aid not used in accordance with the terms and conditions specified by the Irish Government must be repaid in full. If a grant has been awarded towards funding for a staffing position and a vacancy arises in that position during the funding year, organisations should expect a clawback for the period the position was unfilled.
We look forward to working with you in 2019 to deliver tangible benefits for Irish communities, wherever in the world they may be.
Irish Abroad Unit
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade