Three groups in Galway have been awarded grant funding for projects that will help integrate and welcome migrants and refugees into the community.
A total of €10,055 has been awarded to projects in Galway, with two receiving the maximum grant of €5,000 each.
Junior Chamber International Galway has been awarded €5,000 for an Asian Food & Culture Week, while Gleann na Rí Residents Association in Murrough will get €1,055 for inclusive social events.
Lastly, the SVP’s Croí na Gaillimhe resource centre has been awarded a €5,000 grant for sports and activities for children in direct provision, and the local community.
This funding has been awarded under the Communities Integration Fund 2022, which supports local community-based organisations in welcoming and integrating migrants and refugees.
Minister Roderic Gorman said “I am delighted to announce this funding which will support local communities nationwide to reconnect and to celebrate the rich cultural diversity in our society.”
“Settling into a new environment can be a daunting experience for migrants and refugees,” the minister said.
“Local community-based initiatives, such as those awarded funding today, can play a vital role in supporting new arrivals through this transition period, providing them with the opportunity to connect with their new community and to realise their full potential.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to commend the tireless commitment and dedication local community based organisations have shown in supporting new arrivals.”
In total, there is €566,492.60 being made available for 124 successful projects under the Communities Integration Fund this year.