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The Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme

Emigrant Flame Wexford

The Irish Government, through the Emigrant Support Programme, provides funding to non-profit organisations which support and connect the Irish abroad, including here in New South Wales. The Emigrant Support Programme is a tangible expression of the Irish Government’s support of, commitment to, and interest in, the global Irish community. Our vision is a vibrant, diverse global Irish community, connected to Ireland and to each other.

Applications for the 2017 grant round are open from 11th January 2017.

The Emigrant Support Programme funds projects that will:

  • Celebrate, maintain and strengthen the links between Ireland and our community overseas;
  • Address the diverse and evolving needs of Irish emigrants in New South Wales, especially the elderly, disadvantaged and vulnerable;
  • Facilitate access to statutory and voluntary services in New South Wales for Irish emigrants;
  • Foster a more vibrant sense of community and of Irish identity;
  • Further the outcomes of the Global Irish Economic Forum;
  • Support business networks to connect Irish people to each other at home and abroad;
  • Research and define the emerging needs of Irish communities abroad;
  • Support development of new ways to communicate and connect with the increasingly diverse Global Irish, including non-traditional diasporas;
  • Improve awareness and understanding of the emigrant and diaspora experience;

Applications are particularly welcome from organisations that have not applied before and/or new projects in geographic areas not previously assisted.

Further information about the Emigrant Support Programme and how to apply for funding is available on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or by logging on directly to

Applications must be made online. Hard copy applications will not be accepted. 

The closing time and date for applications is 5.30pm Wednesday 15th February 2017.