ESF Funding11


€13 million allocated to 43 projects across the country 

24 January 2017 

Grants totalling €13 million to promote gender equality and to help the integration of migrants were announced today by Frances Fitzgerald, TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality and Mr. David Stanton, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Integration, Immigration and Equality. 

A total of 43 projects will be delivered in the coming four year period in multiple locations across Ireland by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), locally based community groups, and others, who were successful following an open Call for Proposals. 

The gender equality projects will support women’s entrepreneurship and participation in the workforce through a range of training and mentoring initiatives.  

Examples of the gender equality projects selected for funding include: 

· A Dublin-based project to assist women who are lone parents onto pathways to sustainable employment. 

· A project in counties Galway and Mayo to provide training and mentoring to women who wish to start their own business. 

· A project in counties Cavan and Monaghan to give job skills training and work placement opportunities to women who are outside the workforce. 

Announcing the gender equality funding, the Tánaiste said: 


“There is still some way to go to achieving gender equality in the workplace. Women continue to have lower overall levels of participation in the workforce, are paid less and have less access to senior positions. Women are also less likely to own or manage their own businesses.  


The funding I have announced today will directly support disadvantaged women to access the labour market. It will also help more women to become successful entrepreneurs.” 

The migrant integration projects will provide a range of practical supports directly to migrants, including English language classes and workplace training. Anti-racism and cultural diversity initiatives will also receive funding. 

Examples of the migrant integration projects selected for funding include: 

· A nationwide project to support community integration through local level football leagues. 

· A project in Cork to provide information and support services to vulnerable migrants. 

· A Dublin-based project to assist long-term residents of Direct Provision Centres to make a successful transition to life in the community. 

· A Kilkenny project to provide local work skills training and job placements to migrants who are experiencing barriers to participating in the workforce. 

Announcing the migrant integration funding, the Minister for Integration and Equality said: 


“Twenty projects will be funded across the country to help support the integration of our new communities, while a further five projects will focus specifically on boosting migrant employability. These grants will bolster the good work being carried out every day by local community organisations and national NGOs in support of migrant integration.” 





Notes for Editors 


€4.5 million is being made available over three years under the European Union Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). This funding is targeted at initiatives to promote the integration of non-EU migrants and to combat discrimination and racism. 


Under the European Social Fund, €3.3 million is being made available over four years for projects that will increase the employability of migrants who may be experiencing barriers to entering the labour market here. 


Funding of €4 million over three years is being made available under the European Social Fund for initiatives targeted at women who are currently detached from the labour market, but wish to take up paid employment. €1.2 million is being made available for projects to support women’s entrepreneurship. 


All funded projects must contribute to the achievement of the objectives and spending commitments set out in Ireland’s National Plan AMIF (published on and the relevant ESF Activity Implementation Plans (published on  


For more information, contact the EU Funds Unit of the Department of Justice and Equality, 



The following applicants were selected for grant offers following the open Calls for Proposals: 


Asylum Migration and Integration Fund: 

Clare Immigrant Support Centre 


Doras Luimní 

Edmund Rice 

Football Association of Ireland 

Galway City Partnership 

Immigrant Council of Ireland 

Irish Refugee Council 

Irish Traveller Movement 

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ltd 


Kilmallock Performing Centre 

Laois Partnership Company 

Mary Immaculate College 

Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland 


National College of Ireland 

South Dublin County Partnership 

South West Mayo Development Company 



ESF PEIL Integration and Employment of Migrants: 


Business in the Community 

County Kilkenny Leadership Partnership 

Cultúr Celebrating Diversity Ltd 

New Communities Partnership 


ESF PEIL Gender Equality - Strand A: Women Returning to the Workforce: 

Ballyhoura Development CLG 

Cavan Monaghan ETB 

Cork City Partnership 

Equal Ireland 

IRD Duhallow 


North East and West Kerry Development 

One Family 

People 1st 


South East Training and Education Centre Ltd 

Southside Partnership 

St. Catherine’s Community Services Centre 

Westmeath Community Development Limited 

ESF PEIL Gender Equality - Strand B: Women’s Entrepreneurship: 


Migrant Rights Centre Ireland 


SECAD (South and East Cork Area Development Partnership) 



The Call under AMIF is supported by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020. 


The Calls under ESF are part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.