Funding announced to support migrant integration in local communities

 

21 March 2018

 

The Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality, Mr. David Stanton T.D., today launched the Communities Integration Fund 2018 at The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre in Dublin today (Wednesday 21 March 2018). 

€500,000 is available from the Office for Promotion of Migrant Integration in 2018 to support community organisations to promote migrant integration, raise intercultural awareness and combat racism in their local communities.  

 

Launching the fund Minister Stanton stated: 

 

“Successful integration of migrants is, in part, about successful interactions. It’s about communities that offer a generous welcome. It’s about the willingness and, sometimes, bravery, to accept that welcome. It’s people with different cultures and backgrounds coming together.
The Communities Integration Fund brings people together, particularly people who perhaps wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to interact or to get to know one another. I firmly believe that to build truly integrated communities, we need to interact with one another, to build new connections, develop mutual understanding and enjoy shared experiences. Interaction is a vital part of the integration process
Community is at the heart of Irish life.  It is in the daily interactions, in workplaces, schools, social gatherings, and places of worship, that migrants will determine their sense of belonging here. Diversity is a reality. To realise its benefits, integration is an imperative. I call on communities throughout the country to play their part in making Ireland a place where migrants find the welcoming environment where they can live fruitfully and happily.”

 

This is the second year of the Communities Integration Fund. In 2017, every county in Ireland received support from the Fund for locally run projects to support integration. These included:

 

 

For a full list of projects funded, see below.

 

At today’s event, the Minister also launched a report on the Communities Integration Fund 2017 and the new look website of the Office for Promotion of Migrant Integration at www.integration.ie .

 

Also speaking at the launch were representatives of the following projects that received funding in 2017: Ballaghaderreen Community Games; Fáilte Isteach, Tyrrelstown; and Sligo Global Kitchen.

 

ENDS

 

 

NOTE FOR EDITORS

 

 

The Communities Integration Fund was first launched by Minister Stanton in February 2017 on the same day as the Government’s Migrant Integration Strategy – A Blueprint for the Future - was launched by the then Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Francis Fitzgerald T.D. 

 

The Fund, which is administered by the Office for Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of justice and Equality, was foreseen in Action 51 of the Migrant Integration Strategy which states:

“A Communities Integration Fund will be developed [by the Department of Justice and Equality] to support actions by local communities throughout Ireland to promote the integration of migrants and refugees.”

 

Out of a total of over 300 applications in 2017, 131 different projects across 26 counties nationwide were awarded funding through the Communities Integration Fund.  The Report on the 2017 Communities Integration Fund is published on the OPMI website at www.integration.ie

 

The Communities Integration Fund is administered by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality. Funding of up to €5,000 is available to community organisations for eligible activities to promote migrant integration in their local community. Allocation is via an open competitive process. Information on how to apply is available from the OPMI website at www.integration.ie .

 

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midnight on Thursday 3 May 2018.  Applications using the official application form from this website should be emailed to integrationfunds@justice.ie .