Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Equality, Immigration & Integration, David Stanton, has announced total funding of €526,000 under the 2019 Communities Integration Fund.
The Communities Integration Fund will provide grant funding for local community projects that support the integration of migrants. Applications can now be made online to the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration at the Department of Justice and Equality.
Attending the launch of the Cork City of Sanctuary Movement Strategic Plan of Action 2018-2020 at City Hall, Minister Stanton said: “What happens at the local level is critical to successful integration. The Communities Integration Fund is about bringing people together. We are looking to community groups to tap into the rich diversity of their local area and create opportunities for people to get to know one another.”
This year’s fund includes a sum of €26,000 from the Office of Public Works for art-based integration projects. This has been made possible by the “Per Cent for Art Scheme” under which 1% of capital works can be allocated to commissioning works of art. This is a once-off inclusion in the Communities Integration Fund.
Speaking upon confirmation of this additional funding, Minister Stanton said: “Ireland’s National Migrant Integration Strategy recognises that culture and the arts can be a powerful means of promoting integration. I am particularly pleased that we are able to fund additional art-based integration projects this year with support from the Office of Public Works.”
Applications must be submitted electronically before 21:00 on 2 May using the Communities Integration Fund 2019 application form. The online application form and other relevant documentation and information, including assessment criteria, is available on the website of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration at www.integration.ie.