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Emigrant Support Programme 2021

Emigrant Support Programme 2021

The aim of the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) is to strengthen the international Irish community and its bond with Ireland. Through this programme the Government wants to fund projects that will have a clear and identifiable impact on supporting and building global Irish communities. The Irish Abroad Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs manages and coordinates the programme in partnership with Ireland's Embassies and Consulates abroad.

Since its inception in 2004, the Emigrant Support Programme has assisted over 530 organisations in 36 countries with grants totalling over €190 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.

The closing time and date for applications is 5.30pm on Wednesday, 24th February 2021.

In 2021 the Government is committed to prioritising projects that are:

Rebuilding (post Covid) through:

  • Digital inclusion initiatives which enhance organisations’ delivery of welfare and heritage projects
  • Building capacity and resilience within organisations
  • Looking at new ways to deliver services
  • Supporting volunteer community efforts
  • Promoting mental health and social inclusion initiatives

Taking a broad and more inclusive approach to our diaspora:

  • Supportive of initiatives that heal our relationships with emigrants who left Ireland in crisis
  • Greater support for outreach to traditionally under-represented groups (LGBTQI, Travellers, mixed ancestry Irish etc.) and new emigrants
  • Projects which reach out to youth and younger members of our diaspora (to include 3rd and 4th generation

Full information on the ESP and application process can be found here.

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