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GAA Global Development Fund - Open call for applications

The open call for applications to the GAA Global Games Development Fund 2022 for projects which will take place in 2023 has gone live on the GAA’s website. 

This Fund is administered by GAA HQ who will contact International Units/Country Boards directly, and they in turn will contact each GAA Club in their regions with the relevant information. Only clubs which are affiliated to the GAA can apply for this funding and closing date for submission of applications is 9 January 2023. 

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 Since 2007, a funding partnership arrangement between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the GAA has facilitated Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) support for the GAA’s Games Development Officers in the US and Britain.

In 2012, following a review of the ESP funding to the GAA, the funding was divided to also include a Global Games Development Fund.

Through the Global Games Development Fund, the Department of Foreign Affairs Emigrant Support Programme and the GAA have provided matched funding for developmental projects in GAA clubs in Asia, Australasia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central & South America and the USGAA 6 Divisions [Heartland; Mid-Atlantic; Mid-West; Northwest; Southwest; Southeast]. The Fund provides financial support specifically for projects and initiatives, outside of Britain, that increase or improve opportunities for the Irish Diaspora and other communities abroad to play Gaelic Games.

Through the provision of financial assistance, it is the aim of the Fund to support the Irish Diaspora and strengthen Irish networks and Irish identity internationally. Some projects are one-off events, others have activities lasting the course of a year.

 To date, just over €6 million has been provided to the GAA through the Emigrant Support Programme towards Games Development worldwide. 

 As this scheme is administered by GAA HQ, queries from clubs should be directed to the relevant Country Board or the International Unit at GAA HQ.

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