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Minister of State Brophy announces Irish Aid funding for community organisations

Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy TD, today announced €1.48 million in Irish Aid funding to 28 organisations working in communities across Ireland to enable public engagement on global issues, including climate change, hunger and injustice.


Announcing the grants, Minister Brophy said:


“Global challenges – such as climate change, inequality and injustice – require action at home and abroad if they are to be addressed.  Irish Aid works with partners all around the world to respond to the root causes of poverty and conflict.  But we must also do more here to play our part in addressing global challenges, whether in relation to climate change or building back better from the pandemic.


“The organisations that will receive this Irish Aid funding are working with communities here in Ireland to build awareness of how we can each make a difference, whether through individual or collective action. They include a number of organisations working with people from Traveller and other minority ethnic backgrounds.”


Among the beneficiaries are Galway’s ARD Family Resource Centre and LYCS, which operates in Dublin’s North Inner City. They will receive €14,000 and €60,000 respectively in 2021. Minister Brophy praised the groups for their work with young people living in the local community.


“I was really pleased to see a strong focus on youth in this year’s applications,” Minister Brophy said.


“Our young people will be most-affected by the big global challenges. It’s really important they have the knowledge they need to be able to grapple with the issues and to come up with solutions – whether at a community, national or global level.


“If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that no matter where we are, we can be affected by events elsewhere in the world. We will overcome the pandemic, but the other global challenges will still be out there.”


This Irish Aid funding will be provided by the Development Education and Global Citizenship programme, which works with community groups and educational institutions all over Ireland. Other groups receiving funding are Tallaght-based an Cosán, the Irish Girl Guides, Scouting Ireland, the Galway One World Centre, and Youth Work Tipperary.


Press Office
23 March 2021

Notes to Editors

Irish Aid is providing grants totalling €1.48m to 28 organisations under its 2021 development education grants round.  The scheme is a competitive process under which grants of between €10,000 and €180,000 for one or two year projects are awarded to Ireland-based organisations and educational institutions. A call for proposals was published on the Irish Aid website in October 2020.


All applications were assessed by Irish Aid officials and external consultants.  The appraisal process assessed organisational capacity to deliver the proposed projects and intended results

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