Grant scheme for commemorations by Mother and Baby Homes survivors

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A new grant scheme for events commemorating the experiences of people who were in the Mother and Baby Homes has been established.

The scheme allows survivor groups to get funding for commemoration events for a specific mother and baby home.

The goal of the scheme is to “support survivor centred advocacy organisations” who are dealing with the past in their own way.

This can include “both virtual and in person events, when public health guidelines allow, that responds to the specific needs of their communities.”

There has been €50,000 allocated for this scheme in 2021, with organisations able to apply for up to €2,500 for each event.

An information pack for the scheme notes that while applications will be accepted year round, the scheme is “cash limited” and they will be processed on a first come, first serve basis.

The Commission of Investigation into the Mother and Baby Homes’ final report was released in January, six years after it was established.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin also stated in the Dáil this week that a redress scheme for survivors of the homes will open early next year.

More information about the commemoration scheme, and how to apply for a grant, can be found here.