Tuesday 01 November
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, today announced the 67 projects set to receive €1,621,467 in funding under the International Protection Integration Fund 2022. The Fund aims to enable community based organisations across Ireland to play a greater role in supporting the integration of International Protection applicants at local and national level. This is the first year the grant has been made available and every county in Ireland stands to benefit from multiple projects.
The White Paper to End Direct Provision and to Establish a new International Protection Support Service sets out the Government’s approach to fulfilling the commitment in the Programme for Government to end Direct Provision and to replace it with ‘a new International Protection accommodation policy centred on a not-for-profit approach. The fund represents the delivery of a key commitment of ‘A White Paper to End Direct Provision and to Establish a New International Protection Support Service’.
The White Paper sets out a number of key principles which are to underpin the new model of supports and services:
• Integration from day one:
• Human rights and equality based:
• Delivery of high standards:
• Community engagement:
The International Protection Integration Fund 2022 Funding Call is an important element in achieving the overall objectives of the White Paper and has been guided in design by the principles above.
Successful applicants were asked to demonstrate how their proposed project will build links between International Protection applicants and their host communities, encouraging meaningful integration that benefits the community as a whole.
Upon the announcement, Minister O’Gorman said:
“I am delighted to announce the award of over €1.6 million in funding which will support 67 not-for-profit, civil society organisations in every county of Ireland to support local and national integration projects for International Protection applicants.
“The projects supported under this funding will go a long way towards integrating International Protection applicants into Irish society and breaking down barriers that exist within communities.
“The broad range of initiatives that will now be made possible by the International Protection Integration Fund 2022 range from language and employment supports to projects aimed at combating racism and xenophobia as well as supporting health and wellbeing initiatives amongst many other exciting projects.
“I would like to take this opportunity to commend the hard work of those in the not-for-profit sector for the work they do in supporting the needs of International Protection applicants.”
Note for Editors:
The International Protection Integration Fund 2022 Funding Call for proposals ran from 26th July 2022 – 7th Sept 2022. Over €1.6 has been made available in 2022 to support International Protection Integration projects through grant funding. This level of funding has been made available in 2022 as a targeted measure and parity funding may not be available in future editions of the fund.
Successful projects listed here.