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Minister of State Colm Brophy announces almost £5.4 million in Emigrant Support Programme Funding

Minister of State Colm Brophy announces almost £5.4 million in Emigrant Support Programme Funding to the Irish Community in Britain

  • Almost £5.4 million in grants provided to 105 organisations in Britain
  • Grants focussed on providing frontline support for those most in need and promoting a vibrant Irish community in Britain as well as providing for immediate needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic

 

The Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora, Mr Colm Brophy, T.D., has announced details of almost £5.4 million in funding for the Irish community in Britain.

In 2020, grants have been made to 105 organisations in Britain in support of a range of projects through the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme (ESP), which is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Minister said, “I am delighted to announce the Government’s contribution to the Emigrant Support Programme for over 100 organisations in Britain.  In addition to this ongoing support, we established the Covid-19 Response Fund to help welfare and community organisations meet the immediate needs resulting from the pandemic.

 

Since taking on the role of Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora in July 2020, I have had the opportunity to speak with a wide range of organisations in Britain. What has been clear from these conversations is that the response of the Irish community in responding to the challenges posed by COVID-19 has, and continues to be, remarkable. I know that many organisations came together on a regional basis and have been assisted by volunteers from the wider Irish community to deliver this vital support. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Irish community for their efforts over the last few months in identifying and responding to the needs of our communities in Britain at such a critical time.”

 

 

ENDS
Press Office
17 November 2020

 

Note for Editors on the Emigrant Support Programme

Since 1984, the Irish Government has given financial support to voluntary agencies providing advice and welfare services to Irish emigrants overseas. The Department of Foreign Affairs working through Ireland’s embassy network coordinates the provision of support to communities abroad and administers the programme.

The main focus for funding under the Emigrant Support Programme remains the frontline welfare service providers that support elderly Irish emigrants and other vulnerable members of our communities worldwide. In more recent years the programme has also recognised the importance of strong and active Irish communities more generally, funding projects which foster a sense of community, promoting vibrant networks and a sense of Irishness among the Irish abroad. The Emigrant Support Programme funding year runs from 1 July – 30 June. Further details can be found on www.dfa.ie.

As the scale of the impact of the pandemic on our Diaspora communities became clear, the

Irish Government established a dedicated Covid-19 Response Fund for Irish Communities

Abroad to protect our elderly and mitigate the impact of social isolation; meet the needs of

those made vulnerable by the crisis; provide mental health supports , as well as

supporting innovative ways to provide services online.  

 

To date, 35 organisations in Britain have currently received support under the COVID-19

Response Fund.

 

Over £30 million has been provided to organisations in Britain through the ESP over the past six years.

 

Please see a list of organisations awarded funding in the 2020-2021 Grant Round:

 

2020 EMIGRANT SUPPORT PROGRAMME - FUNDING AWARDED TO ORGANISATIONS IN BRITAIN

Organisation Name

2020 ESP Funding Awarded
£

Acton Homeless Concern Emmaus House and The Damien Centre

25,000

Aisling Return to Ireland Project

107,000

Ashford Place

163,200

Bell Farm Christian Centre

7,000

Benefit Advice Shop, The

2,000

Benevolent Society of St Patrick, The

5,000

Birmingham Irish Association

231,120

Bolton Irish Community Association Social Club Limited

8,000

Brent Centre for Young People (registered as Brent Adolescent Centre)

19,500

Brent Irish Advisory Service

119,100

Brian Boru Club

11,687

Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange

15,000

Ceann Creige Hurling and Camogie Club

2,200

Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú

42,650

Conradh na Gaeilge i Londain

4,500

Corby Young at Heart Luncheon Club

9,000

Coventry Irish Society

65,500

Derby Saint Patrick's Day Celebration Committee

2,600

Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland

1,500

Emerald Centre, The

52,000

Emerald Circle Club

4,000

Emerald Senior Citizens Group

4,000

Feith an Cheoil School of Music

7,500

Fréa (formerly the Irish Northern Partnership)

35,000

Friends, Families and Travellers

50,000

Golden Shamrock Club

8,500

Green Curtain Theatre

2,556

Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association

4,200

Gypsies and Travellers Wales

15,000

Halifax & District Irish Society

6,000

Haslingden Davitt Irish Democratic League Club

4,000

HCYC

10,000

Huddersfield Irish Centre

4,000

Huddersfield St Patrick's Day Parade Association

4,500

IIBN - Irish International Business Network

25,000

Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP)

156,400

Irish Chaplaincy

247,000

Irish Club Warrington

6,348

Irish Community Care

292,740

Irish Community Care Manchester

158,500

Irish Community Services in Greenwich, Bexley & Lewisham

201,000

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith Ltd

151,000

Irish Democratic League of Great Britain

3,700

Irish Elderly Advice Network

125,400

Irish Film London

30,000

Irish Heritage Limited

7,500

Irish in Britain

400,000

Irish in the UK TV, The

10,000

Irish Literary Society

4,300

Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL)

21,000

Irish Pensioners Choir

5,000

Irish Pensioners Forum of East London

5,000

Irish studies workshop

3,000

Irish Tuesday Club

7,500

Jersey Irish Society

4,525

Kilburn Irish Pensioners

1,500

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (GATE)

45,600

Leeds Irish Arts Foundation

38,000

Leeds Irish Centre

10,000

Leeds Irish Health and Homes

186,000

Leeds St Patrick's Day Parade

10,000

Leicester and Leicestershire Irish Forum

25,000

Leicestershire GATE

25,000

Lewisham Irish Community Centre

79,550

Little Ireland Arts Collective

1,500

Liverpool Irish Centre

42,200

Liverpool Irish Festival

11,500

LONDON GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS

81,000

London Irish Centre

465,000

Luton Irish Forum

125,500

Manchester Irish Education Group

1,200

Manchester Irish Language Group

640

Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association

6,800

Maya Centre, The

22,735

Milton Keynes Irish Centre

11,250

Monica's Place Limited

20,000

New Horizon Youth Centre

30,360

NOAH Enterprise

50,000

North Wales Irish Society

3,500

Northampton Irish Support Group

45,000

Nottingham St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

5,500

Passage 2000

35,000

Portsmouth Irish Society

5,850

Safe Start Foundation

56,500

Sandwell Irish Society

34,500

Sanktus

25,000

Sheffield Irish Association

2,205

SIFA Fireside

14,500

Solace Women's Aid

35,000

South London Irish Association

20,000

Southwark Irish Pensioners Project

126,200

Southwark Travellers Action Group (STAG)

40,000

St Mungo's

10,000

St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church

700

Strange Fish Theatre Company

2,000

Traveller Movement, The

140,000

Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma

3,000

Tyneside Irish Centre

16,000

Tyneside Irish Cultural Society

31,775

Wake The Beast

2,500

WEST HAMPSTEAD WOMEN'S CENTRE

8,000

Women’s Irish Network London

7,600

York Irish Association

3,250

Young@Heart

580

1916 Rising Centenary Committee -Scotland

1,500

 

 

EMIGRANT SUPPORT PROGRAMME - COVID 19 RESPONSE FUND

497,042

 

 

TOTAL FUNDING AWARDED TO ORGANISATIONS IN BRITAIN

£5,380,763

 

 

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