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Minister Deenihan announces €6.73 Million in Emigrant Support Funding for Irish Community in Britain

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Minister Deenihan announces €6.73 Million in Emigrant Support Funding for Irish Community in Britain

The Minister of State for the Diaspora, Mr Jimmy Deenihan T.D., has today announced details of €6.73 million in funding for the Irish community in Britain. Grants have been made to 110 organisations in support of a range of projects for which applications have been received through the Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Speaking at the Irish Embassy in London at a special event for the organisations who are recipients of the ESP funding this year, Minister of State Deenihan said:

Since being appointed the Irish Government’s first ever Minister for the Diaspora, I have had the pleasure of visiting many of the organisations represented here today. It has been a great privilege to see first-hand the tremendous work that is being done and the profound impact that your services have on our emigrants in Britain.”

Minister of State Deenihan went on to thank Irish community organisations in Britain for their contributions to the formulation of Ireland’s new Diaspora Policy and for their participation in the first ever Global Irish Civic Forum held in Dublin last June.
The Minister also paid tribute to the volunteers who are at the heart of Irish community organisations across Britain:

Without exception, I’m told by every organisation I meet that volunteers are the backbone of the work they do. Whether it’s organising a tea-dance, visiting people in their homes or creating new databases and social media strategies, thousands of volunteers across Britain put an extraordinary amount of time and dedication into supporting their fellow Irish.

“This is a true reflection of the Irish meitheal tradition where a community comes together to help one another.

ENDS

Press Office

12 November 2015

 

Note for Editors:

While in London Minister of State Deenihan will also address an Irish International Business Network (IIBN) reception in the Embassy of Ireland, London in advance of the Network’s annual global conference on Friday (13 November).

Emigrant Support Programme: Since 1984, the Irish Government has given financial support through its Emigrant Support Programme to voluntary agencies providing advice and welfare services to Irish emigrants overseas. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 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 the elderly, and other vulnerable Irish emigrants. 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 our website

Approximately three-quarters of grants made are for amounts under £50,000.

Please see a list of the organisations’ funding in 2015:

Organisation Name

ESP funding 2015

Acton Homeless Concern Emmaus House and The Damien Centre

£30,000

Age UK Hillingdon

£12,500

The Aisling Project

£95,000

Ashford Place

£142,000

Bell Farm Christian Centre

£10,500

Benefit Advice Shop

£3,500

Birmingham Irish Association

£197,000

Blackfriars Advice Centre

£10,000

Bolton Irish Community Association

£5,000

Brent Adolescent Centre

£18,000

Brent Irish Advisory Service

£115,500

Brian Boru Club

£19,000

Causeway Irish Housing Association

£15,000

Celtic and Irish Cultural Society

£13,500

The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields

£15,000

Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú

£36,150

Console Suicide Prevention Ltd

£30,000

Coventry Irish Society

£60,500

Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland

£2,000

The Emerald Centre

£53,000

Emerald Circle Club - Harrow

£3,000

Emerald Senior Citizens Group

£5,000

Feith an Cheoil

£4,500

Friends, Families and Travellers

£25,000

The Golden Shamrock

£8,500

The Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association

£3,500

Halifax and District Irish Society

£7,500

Halifax Irish Centre

£1,000

Haringey Irish Centre

£135,500

Haslingden Davitt IDL Club

£4,000

Hibernian Society, The

£22,000

Huddersfield Irish Centre

£3,500

The Huddersfield St Patrick's Day Parade Assoc.

£4,300

IIBN Ltd

£26,000

Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy

£142,000

Innisfree Housing Association

£15,000

Irish Arts Foundation

£63,000

Irish Network Scotland

£1,000

Irish Chaplaincy

£220,000

Irish Club Warrington

£4,600

Irish Community Care Manchester

£120,918

Irish Community Care Merseyside

£232,300

Irish Community Services

£211,000

Irish Cultural Centre

£126,500

Irish Diaspora Foundation

£59,000

Irish Elderly Advice Network

£94,000

Irish Film London

£5,000

Irish Heritage Foundation

£50,000

Irish Heritage Limited

£6,500

Irish in Britain

£405,000

Irish Literary Society

£1,800

Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL)

£9,500

Irish Network Stevenage

£990

Irish Pensioners Choir

£2,000

Irish Pensioners Forum of East London

£4,000

Irish Repertory Theatre Co UK

£8,000

Irish Tuesday Club

£8,000

Kilburn Irish Pensioners Club

£2,000

Lancashire Federation of Irish Democratic League

£1,000

Leeds GATE

£43,000

Leeds Horseshoe Throwers

£900

Leeds Irish Health & Homes

£121,000

Leeds St Patrick's Day Parade & Celebrations

£9,000

Leicester & Leicestershire Irish Forum

£25,000

Lewisham Irish Community Centre

£52,000

Lewisham Irish Pensioners Association

£4,000

Liverpool Irish Festival

£10,000

London Gypsy and Traveller Unit

£89,500

London Irish Amateur Rugby Football Club

£6,500

London Irish Centre

£429,000

London Irish LGBT Network

£3,000

Luton Irish Forum

£94,500

Manchester Irish Education Group

£1,000

Manchester Irish Language Group

£500

Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association

£6,000

Maya Centre, The

£15,000

Milton Keynes Irish Centre

£11,000

Mind Yourself

£50,000

Momentum Care

£30,000

Monica's Place

£58,600

New Horizon Youth Centre

£35,000

NOAH Enterprise

£65,000

North Wales Irish Society

£4,000

Northampton Irish Support Group

£48,000

Nottingham St Patrick's Day Festival and Parade

£5,000

Oxford Irish Society

£3,000

Passage, The

£35,000

Queens Park Senior Citizens Group

£4,000

Safe Start Foundation

£80,000

Sandwell Irish Society

£30,500

SanKTus

£24,000

Sheffield Irish Association

£2,000

SIFA Fireside

£15,000

Solace Women's Aid

£35,000

South London Irish Association

£3,000

Southwark Irish Pensioners Project

£127,500

Southwark Travellers' Action Group

£53,500

St Michael's Irish Centre

£45,500

St Patrick's Festival Birmingham

£8,000

St. Finbarr's Sports and Social Club

£5,000

Streetwork UK

£22,000

Traveller Movement, The

£120,000

Tricycle Theatre Company Limited

£1,000

Trip to Birmingham Tradfest Ltd.

£3,000

Tuesday Club - Leeds Irish Centre

£3,000

Tyneside Irish Centre LTD

£14,000

Tyneside Irish Cultural Society Ltd

£32,000

West Hampstead Women's Centre

£6,000

York Irish Association

£3,000

Young at Hearts Luncheon Club

£6,000

Total

£4,827,058

 *Payment of grants is contingent on compliance by recipient organisations with all ESP administrative requirements.