Applicants for funding from the 2017 Emigrant Support Programme are requested to read the following 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 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, as well as those working for the betterment of Ireland and her position in the world.
Central to achieving this objective is the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP), which is administered by the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department in Dublin, in partnership with our Embassies and Consulates abroad.
The ESP 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.
Since its inception in 2004, the Emigrant Support Programme has assisted over 400 organisations in 33 countries with grants totaling over €143 million. Grants ranged from small amounts for grass-roots groups, to major allocations awarded to voluntary and community organisations operating on a large scale.
While the support of frontline welfare services continues to be the priority of the ESP, the expansion of the programme has enabled the Government to invest 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.
The key objectives of the programme are to:
The Government is particularly interested in supporting projects in the following areas:
Criteria for grant aid:
Applicant organizations should be established as registered charities, charitable bodies or voluntary/not for profit organizations and will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Other points to note:
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.
Categories of Funding:
The categories under which ESP can be applied for is as follows;
Organisations are permitted to make applications in more than one category. It should be noted that organisations making applications for Global Irish Economic Forum/Global Irish Network related projects should submit their applications under the Business Network category.
Principles governing recipients of Irish Government funding:
In line with regulations governing the receipt of grants from the Irish Government, all grantees must:
Understand the purpose and conditions of the funding and the outputs required
Apply funding only for the business purposes for which they were provided
Seek clarification from the grantor where necessary – on use of funds, governance and accountability arrangements
Ensure appropriate governance arrangements are in place for:
Accounting for the amount and source of the funding, its application and outputs/outcomes
Value for money
Be in a position to provide evidence on:
Manage public funds with the highest degree of honesty and integrity
Act in a manner which complies with relevant laws and obligations (e.g. tax, minimum wages)
Procure goods and services in a fair and transparent manner
Act fairly, responsibly and openly in dealings with the Grantor
The standard terms and conditions which apply to all grant recipients are incorporated into the online grant application process. Additional conditions may be attached to a grant to a particular organisation and these will be detailed in the Letter of Offer to a successful applicant.
A condition of funding requires a grantee to report any funding received in their financial statements as follows:
In addition, in accordance with the principles outlined in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Circular 13/2014, organisations are required to provide details of the number of employees whose total employee benefits (excluding employer pension costs) fall within each band of €10,000 from €60,000 upwards and an overall figure for total employer pension contributions. This requirement applies even if salaries are not being funded under the Emigrant Support Programme.
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 2017 until the 30th June 2018
In relation to welfare, while grant aid may primarily be given to Irish community welfare agencies providing front line advice services, some support may also be given to non-Irish welfare agencies providing a valuable service to significant numbers of Irish clients and to second-line support services. Irish Government funding is intended to facilitate access to mainstream funding, rather than be the sole source of funding.
Grant aid not used in accordance with the terms and conditions specified by the Irish Government must be repaid in full.