2019 Communities Integration Fund to Promote the Integration of Migrants in Ireland

Deadline: 2 May 2019

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration, has announced a Communities Integration Fund 2019 to support communities across Ireland to play a greater role in promoting the integration of migrants.

A total of €526,000 will be made available in 2019 to local community-based organisations to carry out integration projects in their local area. Organisations eligible to apply include local community groups, sports clubs, faith-based groups, arts groups, formal and informal schools and theatrical and cultural organisations. Applicant organisations must operate on a not-for-profit basis.

Themes for 2019

Projects under the following themes will be considered:

  • Intercultural Awareness – A project that brings host communities and migrant communities together to celebrate each other’s cultures and customs.
  • Combating Racism and Xenophobia – A project aimed at preventing racism and xenophobia among local communities.
  • Sport & Community Games – A project to facilitate local migrant integration by encouraging migrants to get involved in sport.
  • Arts – A project to encourage social interaction between migrants and members of their local communities, through arts and crafts, music, dance, theatre and literature. Projects considered may be in the form of visual art, crafts, dance, film, literature, music, opera and theatre; including contemporary art practices such as performance, live art, multimedia, video art, sound art etc.
  • Other Community Events – A project to adapt existing community activities or events to make them more inclusive of migrants.
  • Capacity Building – A project with a social inclusion focus that seeks to help particularly vulnerable groups of migrants overcome specific difficulties (e.g. English conversation classes for young migrant parents not active in the labour market).
  • Employment – A project offering employment advice and/or opportunities, e.g. through sponsorship by local businesses for training, skills assessment, placements, etc.
  • Integration Research – A project to identify knowledge gaps and carry out local needs assessments so that local community integration resources can be used to maximum benefit.
  • Food/Cuisine – A project to promote interculturalism and integration through the sharing of different cuisines and cooking methods.
  • Education – A project 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.

Grant Information

  • Grants may be provided from a minimum of €1,000 up to a maximum of €5,000 depending on the size and nature of the project.
  • Projects must commence before 31 December 2019 and must be completed no later than 30 June 2020.

Target Groups

  • The purpose of the Communities Integration Fund 2019 is to support communities across Ireland to play a greater role in promoting the integration of all legally resident migrants and their children. It is accepted that the nature of the projects and events being supported means that their beneficiaries may include migrants whose legal status is still under determination. This will not, in itself, render a project ineligible.
  • As the Fund is intended to promote the integration of migrants and host communities, applicants are required to explain how the proposed project will bring migrants and host communities together. Projects may not be directed solely to any one particular group or nationality.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the application form via the given website.

Eligible Country: Ireland

For more information, please visit http://www.integration.ie/en/ISEC/Pages/WP19000008

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