Global Irish: Emigrant Support Programme (Ireland)
Global Irish is seeking applications for its Emigrant Support Programme with an aim to strengthen the international Irish community and its bond with Ireland.
The Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) is a tangible expression of the Government’s support, commitment to, and interest in, Global Irish communities.
Strengthening connections with Irish communities abroad and promoting links with Irish people and people of Irish ancestry worldwide is also a key objective of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The categories under which ESP can be applied for are as follows;
Heritage – Project involving the promotion and maintenance of Irish heritage and identity overseas.
Welfare (Elderly) – Projects that are specifically targeted at the older members of the Irish community.
Welfare (Other)- Projects involving the provision of front-line welfare services including advisory, counseling , information and outreach services to Irish communities.
Business Networks – Projects to support Irish business networks or other Irish professional networks overseas.
Capital – Projects involving the construction, refurbishment or purchase of capital assets. This includes projects related to website development and large digital/software projects.
Applicant organisations should be established as registered charities, charitable bodies or voluntary/not for profit organisations and will be evaluated on the following criteria:
the need for the project
beneficiaries in the Irish community (including second and later generations), including their needs and vulnerabilities
the impact of the project based on clear expected outputs and outcomes
partnerships with other statutory, voluntary and ESP-funded organisations to maximise service delivery to vulnerable Irish people
how the outcomes will contribute to the achievement of ESP’s objectives
the capacity of the organisation to deliver the project
the total project cost and value for money offered
what funding has been secured from other sources for the project
the monitoring and evaluation systems in place to measure the outcomes for target beneficiaries
commitment to good governance and best practice throughout the organisation (including e.g. financial management, fundraising strategy, inclusion policies and staff training and development)
For more information, visit https://www.dfa.ie/global-irish/support-overseas/emigrant-support-programme/