The Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality, Mr. David Stanton T.D., launched the Communities Integration Fund 2018 at The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre in Dublin on 21 March 2018. €500,000 is being made available by the Office for Promotion of Migrant Integration in 2018 to support community organisations in their efforts to promote migrant integration, raise intercultural awareness and combat racism in their local communities.
Launching the fund Minister Stanton stated:
This is the second year of the Communities Integration Fund. As with last year, every county in Ireland has received support from the Fund in 2018 for locally run projects to support integration.
What types of activities are being funded through the CIF2018 small grants scheme?
Based on an assessment of project activities in 2017 the following themes were afforded special priority in this year’s round of funding:
- Activities aimed at challenging racism and discrimination in our communities
- Activities aimed at Migrant women
- Activities aimed at supporting LGBT migrants
- Activities aimed at addressing barriers to migrant participation in sports clubs
- Activities that support elderly migrants
As well as these specific targeted themes, the Fund has also supported activities under general themes established in the 2017 round of funding including as follows:
- Intercultural Awareness - Projects and events that bring host communitiesand migrant communities together to celebrate each other’s cultures andcustoms.
- Sport & Community Games- Projects that seek to facilitate local migrantintegration and improve the mental and physical well-being of migrants byencouraging them to get involved in sport
- Arts - Projects that encourage migrants and local host communities to interact with each other through arts and crafts, music, dance, theatre and literature.
- Other Community Events - Projects involving a more broad-based community event adapted to be more inclusive of migrants, e.g. a pre-existing Annual Fairs to which migrant specific stalls, entertainment, etc., has been added.
- Capacity Building - Projects with a social inclusion focus that seek to help particularly vulnerable groups of migrants overcome specific difficulties (e.g. parenting classes for young migrant parents).
- Employment - Projects that offer advice on seeking employment and offer employment opportunities through training, sponsorship by local businesses and skills assessment.
- Integration Research - Projects that identify knowledge gaps and carry out needs assessments so that local community resources set aside for migrant integration can be utilised to the maximum benefit of migrants.
- Food/Cuisine - Projects that promoted interculturalism and integration through the sharing of different cuisines and cooking methods.
- Informal Educational supports - Projects focused on the educational needs of migrants through provision of additional supports to help migrant children to maximise the benefit of their school attendance (e.g. homework clubs) and older migrants to develop their language skills and better orient themselves to Irish society.
- Transportation - Projects that target immobility and social isolation among the migrant population due to an inability to drive or difficulties accessing public and private transport.