Two Galway groups have been awarded €15,000 in projects aimed at helping immigrants to integrate with their local communities.
Three projects in Galway were awarded funding under the latest round of the Communities Integration Fund, which awarded just over €500,000 for projects nationwide.
Forum Connemara was awarded €5,000 for their Creative Connections project, and a further €4,679.50 for the ‘Forum Connemara Intercultural Project’.
The other group in Galway to receive backing under the 2023 fund is CURVE – Committee of Ukrainian Residents and Volunteers in Esker.
They have been allocated €5,000 under the scheme for their Sustaining Speaking Clubs project.
Minister of State for for Community Development, Integration and Charities, Joe O’Brien, today announced the 111 community projects set to receive funding under the Communities Integration Fund 2023.
“Over the years the Communities Integration Fund has been a critical source of small grant funding for many local community groups across Ireland working to successfully integrate migrants and thereby help develop vibrant and diverse communities.”
“I am delighted to be in a position to award this funding to the successful applicants for this important scheme,” the Minister said.
“I regularly visit community groups up and down the country and see first-hand how small grants such as this can kick-start small but vital local projects which in turn make a massive difference in people’s lives.”
Since its inception in 2017, the Communities Integration Fund has supported over 820 projects, with grant funding totalling €3.82 million.