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92. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if grants or funding are available to community groups to assist in the area of tackling isolation and loneliness; if there are any grants or funding available to assist promoting integration among different groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10693/18]

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Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy is aware, I launched the Communities Integration Fund in 2017 which provides small grants for community groups to assist in promoting the integration of migrants. 131 projects were grant-aided across the country last year under this initiative.
I plan to announce this year's call for applications for funding under this grant scheme later this month. I hope that the initiative will act as a catalyst for groups across the country to take action to promote community integration among migrants and non-migrants.