Additional €1million funding will bring resources available for grants under the Emigrant Support Programme to €12.595million.
Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr Ciarán Cannon T.D., today announced details of an extra €1million in funding for grants to Irish organisations abroad. The increase in the Emigrant Support Programme will build on the Government’s strong existing support for Irish communities overseas.
Speaking in the Seanad today, Minister of State Cannon said:
“I have seen first-hand the significant impact that the Emigrant Support Programme can have on Irish communities and organisations around the world. Funding made available to Irish organisations unlocks a whole new world of engagement and supports the continued flourishing of Irish culture, heritage, sport and identity far beyond our shores.
“That is why I am particularly pleased to announce today an increase of one million euro in the allocation for the Emigrant Support Programme in 2019, rising to €12.59 million from €11.59 million last year. The Emigrant Support Programme is the most tangible expression of Ireland’s care for its emigrants and diaspora. That this budget has increased is a demonstration of the Government’s continuing commitment to the diaspora. This increase is something to be welcomed, and I for one would hope to see this investment built on further in the coming years.”
Organisations which benefit from this funding include Irish welfare charities which work to assist the most vulnerable people in Irish communities abroad, as well as bodies which promote Irish culture and heritage around the world.
In the 2019-2020 funding year, 474 applications for funding have been made through the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) which is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. All applications for ESP support are assessed on their merit, with funding awarded to those projects which best fulfil the objectives of the programme.