The National Integration Fund 2020, announced today by the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, will see €749,600 per year over a maximum of three years being made available for projects that help migrants integrate into Irish society.
The National Integration Fund 2020 is open for applications from both public and private bodies.
Funding will be given for projects that:
increase mutual understanding between local communities and immigrants
combat racism and xenophobia
undertake research on interculturalism or integration
help immigrants improve their language skills so they can access employment or integrate into their local communities
promote the integration into Irish society of vulnerable or socially-excluded immigrants
introduce immigrants to the political system and encourage them to vote
provide training to public and private sector organisations on equality and integration
provide information and support for immigrants to help them access services
provide information and support for immigrants in regard to immigration and citizenship
promote integration in schools
promote integration in the youth sector
promote integration in the workplace
promote the involvement of immigrants in sport, volunteering and cultural activities
Minister McEntee said:
"I am delighted to announce the launch of the National Integration Fund 2020. This funding will help to facilitate the effective integration of Migrants into communities all over Ireland, which benefits us all. The strength of this funding lies in its potential to empower new members of Irish society to play an active part in their communities and I encourage all interested organisations to apply."
The National Integration Fund 2020 is a key element of the Migrant Integration Strategy 2017-2020. The Strategy was developed to enable migrants, or persons of migrant origin, to participate on an equal basis with those of Irish heritage.
Its primary objective is to ensure that barriers to full participation in Irish society by migrants or their Irish-born children are identified and addressed.