British-based charities given £5.4m by Irish government under Emigrant Support Programme

British-based charities given £5.4m by Irish government under Emigrant Support Programme

THE TÁNAISTE has paid tribute to Irish charities around Britain while revealing a small cut in the Irish Government’s annual funding of their work.

Eamon Gilmore announced the details of the Emigrant Support Programme in London’s Irish Embassy today.

This year’s £5.4million budget for the programme represents a five per cent cut since 2012, when £5.7million was given to projects across Britain.

Announcing the details in London, Mr Gilmore said the funding “demonstrates the Irish Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting the work of Irish organisations abroad”.

“This underlines the value the Government, and the Irish people, place on the work that these organisations do on a daily basis,” the Labour Party leader added.

The funding supports 110 charities in Britain, with £4.2 million of it going to organisations that provide welfare services to the Irish community.

Some of the larger organisations to receive funding have seen their workload soar as a result of the British Government’s welfare reforms.

The London Irish Centre reported earlier this year that it has seen a 20 per cent increase in the number of people coming forward for advice on benefits.

Despite the small cut in this year’s ESP budget, it remains a lifeline for vast numbers of Irish charities in Britain at a time when local authorities are having to cut back on funding for local services.

The Coventry Irish Society lost all of its £29,000 funding from Coventry City Council earlier this year.

Mr Gilmore also paid tribute to the contribution the volunteers who help Irish community organisations deliver their services during his speech in London.

“We could not have the vibrant and successful Irish community that we have today if it wasn’t for the people who give so generously of their time, energy and enthusiasm,” the Tánaiste said.

“Without these volunteers, many organisations simply could not deliver their valuable and essential services and for that I wish to add my personal thanks.”

Of the 110 organisations receiving ESP funding, 79 will receive less than £50,000.  The largest recipient is the London Irish Centre, which was awarded £557,000.


Emigrant Support Programme funding 2013

[table]Organisations, 2013 Allocation
Acton Homeless Concern,£46000
Age UK Hillingdon,£12500
Aisling Project,£94000
Bell Farm Christian Centre,£7500
Benefits Advice Shop,£4000
Blackfriars Advice Centre,£10000
Bolton Irish Community Association,£5000
Brent Centre for Young People,£18000
Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS),£138500
Brian Boru Club,£21000
Bristol Playbus,£2500
Causeway Irish Housing Association,£15000
Celtic & Irish Cultural Society,£18500
Connection at St. Martins,£18000
Conradh na Gaeilge in Glaschú,£36500
Coventry Irish Society,£118300
Cricklewood Homeless Concern,£159000
Doncaster Irish Association,£3600
Emerald Centre,£59000
Emerald Circle Club,£3000
Emerald Senior Citizens Group,£4600
Emerald Sports & Social Club,£2000
Feith an Cheoil School of Irish Traditional Music,£4000
Felling Irish Association,£500
Forest Bus,£5000
Friends Families and Travellers,£15000
Golden Shamrock Club,£9000
Greenwich Irish Pensioners Association,£4000
Halifax and District Irish Society,£10000
Halifax Irish Centre,£1000
Haringey Cultural and Community Centre,£149000
Haslingden IDL Club,£4000
Hibernian Society,£24000
Huddersfield Irish Centre,£3500
Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Association,£4000
Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP),£161000
Innisfree Housing Association,£30000
Irish Arts Foundation,£71500
Irish Chaplaincy in Britain,£222000
Irish Community Care Manchester,£155000
Irish Community Care Merseyside,£239500
Irish Community Services (formerly Irish in Greenwich),£215500
Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith,£140000
Irish Diaspora Foundation,£45000
Irish Elderly Advice Network,£92000
Irish Heritage,£7000
Irish Heritage Foundation,£40000
Irish in Birmingham,£201000
Irish in Britain (formerly Federation of Irish Societies),£455000
Irish International Business Network (IIBN),£30000
Irish Network Stevenage,£2000
Irish Pensioners Choir,£2000
Irish Pensioners Forum of East London,£3000
Irish Professional Network Scotland,£1000
Irish Repertory Theatre and Film Company,£6000
Irish Traveller Movement in Britain (ITMB),£110000
Irish Tuesday Club Liverpool,£7000
Irish World Heritage Centre,£28000
Kilburn Irish Pensioners,£2000
Lancashire Federation of Irish Democratic League Clubs,£1000
Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange,£46400
Leeds Irish Health & Homes,£140500
Leeds St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celebrations,£9000
Leicester & Leicestershire Irish Forum,£36000
Lewisham Irish Community Centre,£52000
Lewisham Irish Pensioners Group,£6500
Liverpool Irish Festival,£7500
London Gypsy and Traveller Unit,£91500
London Irish Amateur Rugby Club,£7700
London Irish Centre,£557000
London Irish Music School,£2000
Luton Irish Forum,£95000
Manchester Irish Festival,£3000
Manchester Irish Language Group,£750
Mansfield & Dukeries Irish Association,£7000
Maya Centre,£20000
Milton Keynes Irish Centre,£11700
Mind Yourself (formerly London Irish Women’s Centre),£55000
Momentum Care Irish Elders Centre (Rehab),£50000
Monica’s Place,£58000
New Horizon Youth Centre,£38000
NOAH Enterprise, £72500
North London Action for the Homeless,£5500
North Wales Irish Society,£7000
Northampton Irish Support Group,£53000
Nottingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade,£6000
Over 60's Pensioners Club,£500
Oxford Irish Society,£3000
Passage 2000,£37000
Safe Start Foundation,£96000
Sandwell Irish Society,£31500
SanKTus (formerly Our Lady Help of Christian’s Welfare),£24000
SIFA Fireside,£15000
Solace Women’s Aid (Camden Women’s Aid),£40000
South London Irish Association,£3000
Southwark Irish Pensioners,£137000
Southwark Irish Youth,£6000
Southwark Travellers Action Group,£70000
St. Michael’s Irish Centre,£56500
St. Patrick’s Festival Ltd. Birmingham,£8000
St. Patrick’s Senior Tuesday Club,£5500
Streetwork UK,£30000
Tara Irish Pensioners,£900
Tricycle Theatre,£3000
Tyneside Irish Centre,£31500
Tyneside Irish Cultural Society,£14000
Warrington Irish Club,£6200
West Hampstead Women’s Centre,£6000
Young At Heart Luncheon Group,£9000
TOTAL (£),£5376150[/table]