FUNDING FOR IRISH
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Councillor Cormac Devlin (FF) has welcomed the funding announced by Minsiter for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern TD of €10 million for Irish Community Groups in Britain.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D., has announced grants of €9.89 million (Stg£6.67 million) to 130 organisations in the voluntary sector that work with the Irish community in Britain. The particular focus of the funding is to support the services that help the more vulnerable members of the Irish community there.
The bulk of the funding (79%) will go to Welfare projects, including significant funding for projects providing services for the elderly Irish and also to support the provision of mental health services for those vulnerable members of the Irish community in Britain.
In announcing the grant allocations, Minister Ahern emphasised the particular priority which he attaches to supporting projects that benefit older Irish people:
“Assisting the older members of our community in Britain is a clear priority. Many of the organisations receiving funding this year cater for the elderly, ranging from informal community networking groups for senior citizens to professional organisations that offer a range of services.”
These grant allocations are a clear reflection of the Government's strong commitment to the welfare and enhancement of our community in Britain. We are determined to maintain and develop this substantial level of support in future years”.
Commenting on the distribution of grants, the Minister said:
“I am delighted that the extra funding available for Emigrant Services has allowed for a broadening of both the range and geographical spread of eligible projects, with increased applications from Scotland, Wales and the North of England.
While the primary emphasis of funding continues to be on supporting projects that promote the welfare of the elderly, homeless and vulnerable, I am pleased that additional funding has also made it possible to support a number of heritage and cultural projects which are vital to the development of community networks and which help to foster community spirit. Altogether over €1.2 million is being granted to organisations providing a range of activities in these areas, to demonstrate support for a positive and dynamic community spirit.”
Minister Ahern expressed his deep appreciation of the work and dedication of the Díon Advisory Committee – an advisory Committee on welfare issues for the Irish in Britain – for the time and effort they have spent in providing their advice and expertise on the large number of grant applications received.
Note for Editors:
These grants account for the majority of this year’s allocation to Irish community organisations in Britain.
Since 1984 the Government has given financial support to voluntary agencies providing advice and welfare services to vulnerable Irish emigrants in Britain. Close to €50 million has been allocated to Irish community groups since then, with 84% of this amount allocated since 2000. Recipient organisations provide advice, counselling and support services for Irish people in need in Britain.
Priority targets for funding are services that support the elderly, the homeless and people affected by illness or substance misuse problems, as well as services for the Traveller community. However, the eligibility criteria have been expanded to allow consideration of cultural, heritage, sporting and other activities which help to foster community contact and support. Further decisions on capital grant allocations are currently under consideration and will be announced later in the year.
Government funding for emigrant services continues to rise significantly. In 2007 a figure of €15.165 million has been allocated for emigrant services worldwide, compared to €12 million in 2006 - an increase of 26%. While most of the available funding is directed to organisations in Britain, grants are also extended to groups in the USA, Australia, Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as to a number of organisations in Ireland engaged in activities that support Irish emigrants.
Grants: Britain July 2007
Name of Organisation Stg£ / Euro:
Acton Homeless Concern 40,350/59,866 Batley IDL 2,500/3,709 Benefits Advice Shop 4,700/6,973 Birmingham Irish Community Forum Ltd 142,749/ 211,794 Blackfriars Advice Centre 37,891/56,218 Bolton Irish Community Association Ltd 10,000/14,837 Brent Adolescent Centre 23,756/35,246 Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS) 145,000/215,134 Brian Boru IDL Club 28,700/42,582 Broadway Homelessness & Support 35,000/51,929 Camden Women's Aid 39,598/58,751 CARA Irish Housing Association Ltd 85,244/126,475 Causeway Irish Housing Association Ltd 16,328/24,226 Celtic & Irish Cultural Society 14,300/21,217 Central Eltham Youth Project (CEYP) 25,000/37,092 Conradh na Gaeilge (Craobh Phádraig Mhic Phiarais) 28,230/41,884 Council of Irish County Associations (London) 10,000/14,837 Coventry Irish Society 114,015/169,162 Cricklewood Homeless Concern 157,054/233,018 Derby Irish Association 10,000/14,837 Dewsbury Irish National League Club 15,000/ 22,255 Doncaster Irish Association 2,000/2,967 Eastleigh and District Irish Society 7,500/11,128 Edinburgh Cyrenians Good Food/Homeless 9,958/ 14,774 Eireanns Way 1,000/1,484 Emerald Circle Club 3,000/4,451 Equinox 27,914/41,415 Federation of Irish Societies 580,557/861,361 Feis Ghlaschú 3,000/4,451 Friends, Families & Travellers 13,087/19,417 Garngad Irish Heritage Group 3,300/4,896 GEAR Project Company Ltd 20,000/29,674 Golden Shamrock Club, Nottingham 12,049/17,877 Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association 4,000 /5,935 Halifax & District Irish Society 26,700/39,614 Halifax Irish Centre Amateur F.C. 1,000 /1,484 Halifax Irish A.R.L.F.C. 1,000 /1,484 Halifax Irish Junior F.C. 1,000 /1,484 Haringey Irish Cultural and Community Centre 132,437 /196,494 Huddersfield Irish Centre 11,110 / 16,484 Huddersfield St Patrick's Day Parade Association 8,000 / 11,869 ICAP 148,254 /219,961 IDL Club Haslingden Davitt Branch 5,760 / 8,546 IDL Club Bradford 8,500/ 12,611 Innisfree Housing Association Ltd 25,000/ 37,092 Irish Centre Housing Ltd 35,406 / 52,531 Irish Charitable Trust 122,505 /181,758 Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas 100,000/ 148,368 Irish Community Care Merseyside 231,840/ 343,976 Irish Community Care (Manchester) 169,834 /251,979 Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith Ltd 175,000 /259,644 Irish Diaspora Foundation 35,315 /52,396 Irish Elderly Advice Network 81,313 /120,642 Irish Heritage 7,000 / 10,386 Irish History Month 15,000/ 22,255 Irish in Greenwich 155,249/ 230,340 Irish Traveller Movement in Britain 63,843 / 94,723 Irish Welfare & Info Centre (IWIC) 159,843 /237,156 Irish World Heritage Centre 37,250 / 55,267 Lancashire Federation of Irish Democ.League Club 5,000 /7,418 Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange (GATE) 45,839 / 68,010 Leeds Irish Health & Homes 131,840 /195,608 Leeds St Patrick's Day Parade 7,000 / 10,386 Leicester Irish Forum 41,424 / 61,460 Lewisham Irish Community Centre 48,768 / 72,356 Lewisham Irish Pensioners Association 7,295 / 10,823 London Gypsy & Traveller Unit 65,007 / 96,450 London Irish Amateur Rugby Football Club 10,000 / 14,837 London Irish Music School 11,500 / 17,062 London Irish Pensioners Choir 2,000 / 2,967 London Irish Women's Centre 89,234 / 132,395 Luton Irish Forum 101,452/ 150,522 Manchester Irish Festival 15,000 / 22,255
Manchester Irish Language Group 700 / 1,039
Mansfield & Dukeries Association 7,800 / 11,573
Mazenod Social Community Club 6,450 / 9,570 Milton Keynes Irish Centre Limited 29,000 /43,027 New Horizon Youth Centre Ltd 35,941 / 53,325 NOAH Enterprise 141,789 /210,369 Northampton Irish Support Group 62,005 / 91,996 North Wales Irish Society 3,800 / 5,638 Nottingham St Patrick's Day Parade Association 8,000/ 11,869 Novas Ouvertures Group Ltd, Arlington House 64,578/ 95,813 Our Lady Help of Christians 55,402 / 82,199 Passage 2000 35,000/ 51,929 Pendle & District Irish Society 2,000 / 2,967 Queen's Park Senior Citizens Group 5,000 / 7,418 Rehab UK Teach na hÉireann Irish Elders Day Care Centre 74,911/ 111,144 Return to Ireland 96,000 / 142,433 Safe Start Foundation 99,000 / 146,884 Sandwell Irish Society 4,000/ 5,935 South London Irish Association 3,000/ 4,451 South London Irish Welfare Society 70,000/ 103,858 Southwark Irish Cultural & Arts Development Centre 7,000/ 10,386 Southwark Irish Pensioners Project 194,241/ 288,191 Southwark Irish Youth 12,500/ 18,546 St. Ann's Senior Citizens Club 3,000/ 4,451 St Michael's Irish Centre 71,784/ 106,504 St. Mungo's Community Housing Association 31,500/ 46,736 St Patrick's Festival Committee 6,500/ 9,644 St Patrick's Senior Tuesday Lunch Club 3,500/ 5,193 St Stephen's Irish Pensioners Project 3,000/ 4,451 St Theresa's House 29,495/43,761 Streetwork UK 30,000 /44,510 Tara Irish Pensioners 3,000 /4,451 The Connection at St Martin's 20,000 / 29,674 The Emerald Centre 40,525 /60,126 The Emerald Social Club 8,000/ 11,869 The Emerald Sports & Cultural Club 7,500/11,128 The Fireside Charity 38,669/57,372 The Halifax Irish Centre 10,000/14,837 The Hibernian Society 41,750/61,944 The Irish Arts Foundation 68,008/100,902 The Irish Chaplaincy in Britain 75,000/111,276 The London Irish Centre Charity 482,974/716,579 The Marian Senior Citizens Club 5,100/7,567 The Maya Centre 22,666/33,629 The Peckham Settlement 71,816/106,552 The Simon Community 16,170/23,991 Thursday Over 60s Club 1,000/1,484 Tyneside Irish Centre Ltd 16,000/23,739 Tyneside Irish Cultural Society Ltd 21,000/31,157 University of Central Lancaster 5,483/8,135 Yorkshire Federation of IDL Clubs 5,000/7,418 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann - Provincial Council of Britain 134,518/199,582 Safe Home Programme Ltd 117,950/175,000 Provincial Council of Britain GAA 250,000/370,920
TOTAL 6,671,323 9,898,105