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Minister Ciarán Cannon announces over £5.2 Million in ESP Funding to the Irish Community in Britain

Minister of State Ciarán Cannon announces over £5.2 Million in
ESP Funding to the Irish Community in Britain

  • Over £5.2 million in grants under the Department’s Emigrant Support Programme provided to 108 organisations in Britain;


  • Demonstration of the Government’s strong commitment to supporting our emigrants, particularly the most vulnerable, and the wider Irish diaspora community across Britain

Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr Ciarán Cannon T.D., has announced details of over £5.2 million in funding for the Irish community in Britain during a visit to London today.  In 2018, grants have been made to 108 organisations in Britain in support of a range of projects through the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) which is operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Minister said “I am pleased to announce the Government’s contribution via the Emigrant Support Programme to over 100 organisations in Britain which support both our emigrants and the broader Irish community.  The diverse range of projects funded reflect the Government’s continued commitment to these organisations, in particular those which provide frontline advisory services and community care to those in greatest need of support.  They offer invaluable assistance to our emigrants, especially the most vulnerable, through advice and welfare programmes combatting loneliness, homelessness, addiction and mental health issues. In 2018, for the first time, dedicated funding was provided to collaborative projects which brought together a range of organisations to address a particular need.  In addition, grants have been made to Irish cultural and sporting organisations as well as business networks. 

It is my hope that this funding will assist in the promotion of a vibrant and active Irish community in Britain, whose contribution the Government values highly, and who have an important role to play in the challenging period ahead”.

Press Office
23 October 2018


Note for Editors:

Emigrant Support Programme: Since 1984, the Irish Government has given financial support to voluntary agencies providing advice and welfare services to Irish emigrants overseas. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade working through Ireland’s Embassy Network coordinates the provision of support to communities abroad and administers the programme.

The main focus for funding under the Emigrant Support Programme remains the frontline welfare service providers that support elderly Irish emigrants, and other vulnerable members of our communities worldwide. In more recent years the programme has also recognised the importance of strong and active Irish communities more generally, funding projects which foster a sense of community, promoting vibrant networks and a sense of Irishness among the Irish abroad. The Emigrant Support Programme funding year runs from 1 July – 30 June. Further details can be found on

Almost £30 million has been provided to organisations in Britain through the ESP over the past six years.


Please see a list of organisations awarded funding in the 2018-2019 Grant Round:




2018 Funding Awarded  £


Acton Homeless Concern



Age UK Hillingdon



Aisling Project



Ashford Place (formerly CHC)



Association of Mixed Race Irish



Bell Farm Christian Centre



Benefits Advice Shop



Birmingham Irish Association



Birmingham Tradfest Ltd



Bolton Irish Community Association



Brent Centre for Young People



Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS)



Brian Boru Club



Causeway Irish Housing Assoc



Causeway: Irish Business Network Scotland



Celtic & Irish Cultural Society



Connection at St. Martins, The



Conradh na Gaeilge, Glaschú



Corby Irish Centre



Corby Young At Heart Luncheon Group



Council of Irish County Associations



Coventry Irish Society



Derby St. Patrick's Day Celebration



Edinburgh's Festival of Ireland



Emerald Centre, The



Emerald Circle Club



Emerald Senior Citizens Group



Feith an Cheoil School of Irish Traditional Music



Friends, Families and Travellers



Glashu Gaels GFC



Gloucester and District Irish Society



Golden Shamrock Club, The



Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association



Halifax and District Irish Society



Haringey Cultural and Community Centre



Haslingden IDL Club



Hibernian Irish Society, The



Huddersfield Irish Centre



Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Association



IIBN Ltd (Irish International Business Network)



Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP)



Innisfree Housing Association



Irish Arts Foundation



Irish Chaplaincy in Britain



Irish Club Warrington



Irish Community Care



Irish Community Care Manchester



Irish Community Services



Irish Cultural Activities Programme/ISW



Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith



Irish Democratic League of GB



Irish Diaspora Foundation



Irish Elderly Advice Network



Irish Film London



Irish Heritage Ltd



Irish in Britain



Irish Literary Society



Irish Music and Dance in London



Irish Pensioners Choir



Irish Pensioners Forum of East London



Irish Repertory Theatre Company UK



Irish Tuesday Club, Liverpool



Jersey Irish Society



Kilburn Irish Pensioners



Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange



Leeds Irish Health & Homes



Leeds St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebrations



Leicester & Leicestershire Irish Forum



Leicstershire GATE



Lewisham Irish Community Centre



Liverpool Irish Centre



Liverpool Irish Festival



London GAA



London Gypsies and Travellers



London Irish Amateur Rugby Club



London Irish Centre



Luton Irish Forum



Manchester Irish Education Group



Manchester Irish Language Group



Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association



Maya Centre



Milton Keynes Irish Centre



Monica's Place



New Horizon Youth Centre



NOAH Enterprise



North Wales Irish Society



Northampton Irish Support Group



Nottingham St. Patrick's Day Parade



Passage, The



Portsmouth Irish Society



Safe Start Foundation



Sandwell Irish Society






Sheffield Irish Association



SIFA Fireside



Solace Women's Aid



South London Irish Association, The



Southwark Irish Pensioners



Southwark Travellers Action Group



St. Patrick's Festival Ltd. Birmingham



Streetwork UK



Teesside Irish Society



Traveller Movement, The



Tyneside Irish Centre



Tyneside Irish Cultural Society



West Hampstead Women's Centre



West Midlands Irish Business Group



York Irish Association











2018 Funding Awarded £

Birmingham Irish Association, Coventry Irish Society and Sandwell Irish Society

West Midlands Irish Support Partnership Collaborative Project


Irish In Britain, Irish Community Services, Irish Community Care, Luton Irish forum, Birmingham Irish Association, Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy, London Irish Centre Charity, Irish Chaplaincy, The Traveller Movement and Leeds Irish Health & Homes

Irish Support Partnership – Joint Impact Project


Liverpool Irish Centre and Irish Community Care

Slainte Le Chéile Health Together Collaborative Project


Irish Community Care, Irish Community Care Manchester, Leeds GATE and Leeds Irish Health and Homes

The Northern Partnership-Neart le Chéile