Communities Integration Fund 2021

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 15 June 2021

Communities Integration Fund 2021

 Minister O’Gorman invites applications to the Communities Integration Fund 2021

 •               €500,000 will be made available to local community-based projects nationwide to support the integration of migrants.

•               Grants of up to €5,000 will be allocated to successful organisations to support integration initiatives.

 15 June 2021

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman T.D., today announced €500,000 in funding under the Communities Integration Fund 2021.

 Now in its fifth year, the Communities Integration Fund celebrates the rich cultural diversity within local communities and enables local community-based organisations across Ireland to play a greater role in supporting the integration of migrants.  Eligible organisations can apply for grant funding of €1,000 – €5,000 to support local integration initiatives.

Announcing the funding, Minister O’Gorman said:

“I am delighted to announce the launch of the Communities Integration Fund 2021. Irish society has been enriched by increased cultural diversity and we must ensure that migrants are supported to actively participate in Irish society without having to relinquish their own cultural identity. This funding will bolster the great work being done by local communities to welcome new cultures.”

 How to apply:

Applicants can access a detailed guidance document and complete an online application form here.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 6 pm on Friday 02 July 2021.

 The Migrant Integration Strategy sets out the Government’s commitment to the promotion of migrant integration as a key part of Ireland’s renewal and as an underpinning principle of Irish society. The Strategy provides a framework for a range of actions to support migrants to participate fully in Irish life.

 The Communities Integration Fund arises from Action 51 of the Migrant Integration Strategy, which calls for funding to be made available to local communities throughout Ireland to promote the integration of migrants and refugees. Since its inception in 2017, the Communities Integration Fund has supported over 480 projects with grant funding totalling €2.26m.

 Purpose of projects/activities

This call is open to local community based groups and centres around 10 key themes to support migrant integration:

• Intercultural Awareness;

• Combating Racism and Xenophobia;

• Sport & Community Games;

• Arts;

• Food/Cuisine;

• Community Events;

• Capacity Building;

• Employment;

• Education;

• Integration Research.

 As this Fund is intended to support the integration of migrant and host communities, all applications must demonstrate the ability to involve both migrant and host communities in the activities proposed. The maximum grant amount that can be applied for is €5,000 and the minimum grant is €1,000.

 Types of projects previously funded under the Communities Integration Fund include:

· Family resource/Support Centres

· Sports Clubs

· Local Community Network Groups

· Midsummer Festivals

· Youth Projects

· Migrant Groups

 Issued by the Press and Communications Office at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Tel: 01 647 - 3153/3114

More Information & Application: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/CommunitiesIntegrationFund2021