OPMI channels funding to a variety of organisations to further the State's goals in terms of migrant Integration. Click the headings below for further details of the amounts allocated and the projects benefiting from each fund.
Significant funding supports are being made available to civil society organisations working in support of migrant integration. In addition to the EU grants allocated, a further 15 projects were selected following an open call for proposals under the National Integration Funding Programme in 2017. This Programme is worth €600,000 per year over three years. The projects will be delivered in a range of locations across the country.
Examples of the integration projects selected for funding include:
- A nationwide project to support English language acquisition.
- An employment and integration project in Dublin for vulnerable and socially-excluded immigrants, which will increase the employability of members of the target group.
- A Cork-based project providing practical support and advice to immigrants.
- A nationwide anti-racism project involving children and young people.
A small grant scheme worth €500,000 in total has been established to support local community-based integration projects. Selection of projects under this scheme is also by way of an open call for proposals.
The Government is also using European Union funding to support migrant integration. Under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), €4.5 million has been made available over 3 years to support civil society organisations delivering asylum and integration projects nationwide. Further AMIF funding is being channelled to local authorities and local community organisations via the Irish Refugee Protection Programme. European Social Fund support of €3.3 million over 4 years has been allocated to migrant employability projects.
In December 2017 - approximately €500,000 of funding from Dormant Accounts Funds has been allocated to a number of integration projects which focus particularly on issues affecting migrant women.
Government Departments and agencies can also finance integration activities from their own resources.
NOTE: Before you apply for funding under any of the above schemes please take note of the following guidelines for recipients of public funds issued by the Department of Public Expenditire and Reform.