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Minister for Diaspora Affairs Launches Local Diaspora Strategy Development Fund and Local Diaspora Engagement Fund


The Minister for Diaspora Affairs Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D. today, Wednesday 27 January 2016, invited applications from local and community groups for a new round of funding under the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund and announced the creation of a Local Diaspora Strategy Development Fund that will be available to Local Authorities in 2016These two funds combined will make a total of €660,000 available for local diaspora engagement in 2016.

These two initiatives are designed to promote diaspora engagement at a county, local and community level in 2016, recognising that Irish people around the world have a keen sense of attachment to their place of origin. 

The two funds will further develop the potential identified in Global Irish – Ireland’s Diaspora Policy for local communities and counties in Ireland to reach out their own diasporas and build new relationships.   They will also be able to draw on the Local Diaspora Toolkit which was commissioned and published by the Minister in 2015 and provides a practical guide for Local Authorities and local and community groups to assist in the development of strategies for local diaspora engagement.

Speaking today the Minister said:

“The Local Diaspora Engagement Fund has been a valuable tool in the promotion of diaspora engagement at community and local level. A wide range of projects were supported throughout the country in 2015 which promoted diaspora engagement through local cultural, heritage, communications and networking activities. I look forward to supporting the increased engagement of local communities with their diasporas during 2016.

The Local Diaspora Strategy Development Fund will enable local authorities to develop strategies at county and local level. It will allow them to build on already existing networks and activities in their areas to facilitate a deeper engagement in a way that reflects local priorities. Diaspora engagement once included in a local area’s strategic plan can be a valuable asset in community development.

Both of these initiatives build on the objectives of Global Irish – Ireland’s Diaspora Policy which seeks to facilitate a wide range of activity at national and local level designed to develop two-way diaspora engagement.  They will also build on the opportunities for development identified in the Local Diaspora Toolkit which I published last year.”

 Full details and the application form can be accessed here