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The Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme

The Irish Government, through the Emigrant Support Programme, provides funding to non-profit organisations which support and connect the Irish community in Britain. 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 2015 grant round will open on 21 January 2015.

The Emigrant Support Programme funds projects that will:

  • Celebrate, maintain and strengthen the links between Ireland and the Global Irish;
  • Address the diverse and evolving needs of Irish emigrants, especially the elderly, disadvantaged and vulnerable;
  • Facilitate access to statutory and voluntary services in their country of residence 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 from 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 Embassy of Ireland website or by logging on directly to Workshops for organisations considering applying for the Programme will take place in London on 28 January and in Manchester on 30 January – further details and booking available on

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

The closing time and date for applications is 5.30pm 25 February 2015.

Further information is available from the Irish Community Unit, Embassy of Ireland London. Tel: 020 7235 2171 ext. 644 or 624