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Emigrant Support Programme

Our Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) supports Irish communities overseas by funding non-profit organisations and projects. This allows us to develop more strategic links with the global Irish and to support frontline welfare services that help the most vulnerable members of our overseas communities.


Community support

The Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) supports cultural, community and heritage projects that foster a vibrant sense of Irish community and identity.

Frontline services

In particular, the programme supports organisations that deliver frontline advisory services and community care to Irish emigrants, including the more vulnerable and marginalised members of our community abroad, such as the elderly and newly-arrived Irish emigrants.

Capital projects

In recent years, the programme has also funded capital projects that ensure the long-term future of Irish communities.

Am I eligible?

We’re particularly interested in supporting projects in these areas:

  • Front-line advice, counselling and support services
  • Elderly or homeless Irish emigrants
  • Irish people affected by physical or mental illness, or with substance misuse problems or HIV/AIDS
  • The Irish Traveller community
  • Access to training, employment or housing for Irish emigrants
  • Heritage and community activities that promote Ireland’s identity and maintain vibrant Irish communities abroad
  • Research projects that add to the existing knowledge about Irish emigrant communities
  • Fostering greater links between Ireland and the global Irish

How to apply

Apply online

You should apply to the Emigrant Support Programme using the online application form only. We do not accept any hard copy applications.

Useful documents

These documents will help you in the application process:


Organisations receiving grants under the Emigrants Support Programme (ESP) are required to submit, for each project a

  • Narrative Progress Report, and
  • Financial Report

And either (i) or (ii)

(i)     Where the ESP grant is less than €100,000, a copy of the organisation’s accounts accompanied by an independent (practising) accountant’s statement.

(ii)   Where the ESP grant exceeds €100,000, a copy of the organisation’s most recent audited financial statements

Previous funding

Download these documents to see which organisations received funding under the Emigrant Support Programme and how much they got:

2012 Emigrant Support Programme Funding

2011 Emigrant Support Programme Funding

2010 Emigrant Support Programme Funding

2009 Emigrant Support Programme Funding

2008 Emigrant Support Programme Funding

2007 Emigrant Support Programme Funding

2006 Emigrant Support Programme Funding

More Information

You’ll find detailed information about this programme in our Overview of the Emigrant Support Programme