Funding Schemes administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Department of Foreign Affairs administers a number of
funding programmes. Information about the purpose of the
funding programmes, the relevant criteria and application
procedures involved, are set out on the pages listed below.
The Department of Foreign Affairs provides grants to organisations in the voluntary sector engaged in supporting Irish community networks abroad. Particularly priority is attached to supporting initiatives that assist vulnerable Irish emigrants. The Irish Abroad Unit manages the Department’s financial support to these groups. In 2006, €12 million is available for emigrant services.
Irish Aid enters into funding partnerships with various types of organisations in the delivery of its programmes. A strong effort is made to ensure that these contributions serve to enhance Irish Aid's core mission of alleviating poverty in a measurable and sustainable way.
Development assistance is very broad and complex and it is clear that a multifaceted approach is crucial in assisting the poorest countries in the world. Each grant type is clearly focused on different aspects of development, all of which combine to offer a comprehensive response to the needs of the poorest people and countries in the world.
The Reconciliation Fund for North-South and Anglo-Irish cooperation was established under the Department’s budget in 1982. The Fund’s objectives are to assist individuals and organisations involved in reconciliation work and to encourage and facilitate better relations within and between the traditions in the North, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain.
The Anti-Sectarianism Fund is operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs to help communities in Northern Ireland tackle sectarianism and promote tolerance.
This initiative stems from the programme for Government commitment to “establish a new Anti-Sectarianism Fund to assist projects in interface areas designed specifically to address the root cause of sectarianism and to diffuse tensions”.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has a key role in building public understanding and knowledge about Ireland’s EU membership. Since 1995, our efforts in this area have been taken forward in a scheme called the Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI). The CEI grant scheme provides funding for voluntary organisations and education bodies that wish to organise projects or events to raise awareness about how the EU matters in their community. Events to celebrate Europe Day on 9 May can also be supported under the scheme.