Minister Stanton announces €500,000 Community Integration Fund 2018

 02 Aug 2018

115 grass root organisations to benefit nationwide

Mr. David Stanton, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, today announced the projects that will receive funding under the 2018 Communities Integration Fund. 115 organisations nationwide will receive grants of up to €5,000 each for activities to support the integration of migrants within our communities.  The total amount awarded is just over €500,000. 
Announcing the projects, the Minister said:
"I am delighted to once again announce funding for a wide variety of projects to aid migrant integration and social inclusion in communities small and large throughout the State.  Last year was the first year of the Communities Integration Fund and having personally visited some of the projects funded I was struck by how great an impact such a relatively modest financial support can have in bringing migrants and their host communities together.  I look forward to visiting more projects in the future and hearing about the many innovative approaches to migrant integration that will be supported once again  through this year’s scheme.”    
Projects selected include:

  • Arts and Craft based projects
  • Intercultural festivals and events including food festivals
  • Initiatives to promote migrant participation in sports and address barriers to participation in local sports clubs
  • Projects aimed at building the capacity of female migrants to engage with their local communities 
  • Local anti-racism actions
  • Projects supporting elderly migrants
  • Projects supporting LGBT migrants 
  • Schools based integration projects
  • Local supports for newly arrived migrants
  • And many more

The selected projects will take place between now and June 2019.  Minister of State Stanton hosted an event on 21st March in Dublin to launch this year’s round of funding.  An implementation report on the Fund in its inaugural year of 2017 was also launched on this day
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Note for Editors
The Communities Integration Fund was launched by Minister of State David Stanton on 7 February 2017 to coincide with the launch of the Government’s 4 year Migrant Integration Strategy – A Blueprint for the Future.  
A total fund of €500,000 was made available in 2018 for small-scale community based projects to promote the integration of migrants. The maximum grant size was €5,000.

335 valid applications were received and assessed by officials of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration against the published call criteria.  Each project was also independently reviewed by officials from the Department’s EU Funds Unit.  On the basis of this assessment, 115 projects were selected for funding. A full list of the projects selected is attached.
For further information on the Communities Integration Fund and a copy of the 2017 CIF Implementation Report please go to the OPMI website.