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Tánaiste announces funding for Irish organisations in Britain

Irish abroad, Press Releases, Great Britain, 2012

LONDON - 6 September 2012: The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore, T.D., announced the award of grants of over £5.7 million (€7.27million) to 113 organisations in Britain under the Emigrant Support Programme. 

Speaking today to a gathering of Irish community organisations in London, the Tánaiste stated that:

“These grants demonstrate the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting the work of Irish organisations abroad, particularly those providing frontline services to the elderly, vulnerable and marginalised. I know you are all aware that this year the Emigrant Support Programme has faced a reduction in its overall budget. However, I am glad that despite this significant budgetary pressure, the Government has been able to ensure that funding for vital frontline organisations in Britain is being maintained. This underlines the value the Government, and indeed the Irish people, place on our communities here and around the world and our continuing commitment to assisting those emigrants who most need our help.” 

Since the establishment of the Emigrant Support Programme in 2004, over €70 million has been allocated in support of Irish communities in Britain. Of the total amount announced by the Tánaiste, £4.45 million (€6.6m) will go to organisations providing welfare and information services, particularly the elderly. These services range from informal community networking groups for seniors to outreach services and advice in accessing entitlements. The balance of the grants is provided for heritage, minor capital and community projects.

Of the 113 organisations being funded, the largest recipients are the Federation of Irish Societies (£475,000) and the London Irish Centre (£448,500). Eighty two organisations have received grants for amounts of less than £50,000. 

Two business networks in London have received funding in this year’s grants and the Tánaiste remarked that:

“The current wave of immigration from Ireland has added a new dynamic to the Irish community in Britain and, as is the case with earlier emigrants, the Government is committed to engaging with these new arrivals to these shores. It is in this respect that I am particularly pleased to be able to include two business networks in this round of funding.”

Our overseas Networks are a powerful demonstration of the invaluable resource that we in Ireland enjoy through our Diaspora. More important though than the presence of this resource, is the fact that our people and friends abroad remain so deeply engaged with Irish issues and willing to assist us in overcoming our challenges.

Notes for Editor

Since its inception in 2004, over €70 million has been allocated to the Emigrant Support Programme in Britain.

A full list of the grants announced to date in 2012 for British organisations is attached.  It should be noted that while the 2012 grant allocation to date (£5.7 million) is lower than in 2011 (£6.9million), grants to frontline organisations have remained close to 2011 levels. Last year’s grants included a large capital grant of £550,000 to the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. Further announcements in respect of projects in Britain may be made later in the year. 

The emphasis of the programme’s funding in Britain, as elsewhere, is on supporting frontline welfare services.  This support has had a very tangible and positive impact on Irish communities in Britain, in particular on the lives of our vulnerable citizens, a point acknowledged by the Simon Community and the British-Irish Inter-parliamentary Body, amongst others.

Established in 1973, the Federation of Irish Societies is a national umbrella organisation which draws together Irish clubs and societies in Britain. It promotes the interests of Irish people through community care, education, culture and arts, youth and sports activities and information provision.

ESP grants to organisations in Britain are paid in sterling and the euro amounts quoted in the Press Release are based on current exchange rates and provided for information.  The final euro amount may vary depending on the exchange rates in operation on the days the grants are paid to organisations.

Applicants

2012 Awarded

Acton Homeless Concern

£46,000

Age UK Hillingdon

£10,000

Aisling Project

£99,000*

Bell Farm Christian Centre

£10,000

Benefits Advice Shop

£5,000

Birmingham St. Patrick's Festival Ltd.

£10,000

Blackfriars Advice Centre

£20,000

Bolton Irish Community Association

£5,500

Brent Adolescent Centre

£20,000

Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS)

£144,000

Brian Boru Club

£18,500

Bristol Playbus

£4,600

Causeway Irish Housing Association

£20,000

Celtic & Irish Cultural Society

£19,000

Conradh na Gaeilge, Glaschú

£36,600

Corby's Young At Heart Luncheon Group

£9,000

Coventry Irish Society

£120,300

Cricklewood Homeless Concern

£173,500*

Edinburgh Cyrenians

£5,000

Emerald Circle Club

£3,000

Emerald Senior Citizens Group

£5,000

Equinox

£17,000

Federation of Irish Societies

£475,000

Feith an Cheoil School of Irish Traditional Music

£5,500

Forest Bus

£5,000

Friends, Families and Travellers

£10,500

GEAR

£10,000

Halifax and District Irish Society

£11,000

Halifax Irish Centre

£1,000

Haringey Cultural and Community Centre

£140,700

Haslingden IDL Club

£4,000

Huddersfield Irish Centre

£3,000

Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Association

£4,000

Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP)

£171,000

Innisfree Housing Association

£30,000

Irish Arts Foundation

£74,500

Irish Chaplaincy in Britain

£225,800

Irish Charitable Trust

£146,000

Irish Community Care Manchester

£169,100

Irish Community Care Merseyside

£244,000

Irish Community Services (formerly Irish in Greenwich)

£215,500

 

Applicants

2012 Awarded

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith

£162,000

Irish Diaspora Foundation

£52,500

Irish Elderly Advice Network

£86,000

Irish Festivals Ltd. T/A Irish Arts Festival, London

£6,000

Irish Heritage

£8,000

Irish Heritage Foundation (formerly Harps Community Project, Glasgow)

£40,000

Irish in Birmingham (formerly Irish Welfare & Information Centre)

£222,500

Irish Network Stevenage

£2,000

Irish Repertory Theatre and Film Company

£6,000

Irish Traveller Movement in Britain (ITMB)

£110,000

Irish Tuesday Club, Liverpool

£7,500

Irish World Heritage Centre

£32,000

Kilburn Irish Pensioners

£3,000

Lancashire Federation of Irish Democratic League Clubs

£1,200

Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange

£46,400

Leeds Irish Health & Homes

£149,000

Leeds St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebrations

£11,000

Leicester & Leicestershire Irish Forum

£37,600

Lewisham Irish Community Centre

£52,000

Lewisham Irish Pensioners Group

£6,500

Liverpool Irish Festival

£7,500

London Gypsy and Traveller Unit

£91,500

London Irish Amateur Rugby Club

£8,000

London Irish Centre

£448,500

London Irish Graduate Network

£1,000

London Irish Music School

£4,000

London Irish Pensioners Choir

£3,000

Luton Irish Forum

£96,000

Manchester Irish Education Group

£1,000

Manchester Irish Language Group

£750

Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association

£5,000

Marian Senior Citizens Club

£2,200

Maya Centre

£20,000

Milton Keynes Irish Centre

£11,700

Mind Yourself (formerly London Irish Women's Centre)

£60,000

Momentum Care Irish Elders Centre (Rehab)

£95,000

Monica's Place

£53,000

Applicants

2012 Awarded

New Horizon Youth Centre

£38,000

NOAH Enterprise

£76,700

North London Action for the Homeless

£5,300

North Wales Irish Society

£6,400

Northampton Irish Support Group

£58,000

Nottingham St. Patrick's Day Parade

£6,000

Over 60's Pensioners Club

£500

Oxford Irish Society

£2,500

Safe Start Foundation

£109,500

Sandwell Irish Community Association

£11,750

Sandwell Irish Society

£36,500

SanKTus ( formerly Our Lady Help of Christian's Welfare)

£41,500

SIFA Fireside

£22,000

Solace Women's Aid (Camden Women's Aid)

£42,500

Southwark Irish Pensioners

£154,000

Southwark Irish Youth

£5,500

Southwark Travellers Action Group

£70,500

St. Michael's Irish Centre

£57,500

St. Patrick's Senior Tuesday Club

£6,600

Streetwork UK

£30,000

Tara Irish Pensioners

£700

The Connection at St. Martins

£20,000

The Emerald Centre

£45,500

The Felling Irish Association

£700

The Golden Shamrock Club

£9,600

The Hibernian Society

£24,000

The Irish Club Warrington

£6,400

The Passage

£37,000

The South London Irish Association

£6,500*

Tricycle Theatre

£4,000

Tuesday Club Leeds Irish Centre

£7,000

Tyneside Irish Centre

£31,500

Tyneside Irish Cultural Society

£20,000

Watford Irish Association

£2,500

West Hampstead Women's Centre

£5,800

 

 

TOTAL (£)

£5,698,400