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

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.

  • 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

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.”

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

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:

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 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
Women’s Irish Network London 7,600
York Irish Association 3,250
Young@Heart 580
1916 Rising Centenary Committee -Scotland 1,500

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