The Ireland Funds Great Britain awards £155,000 to community organisations

5th April, 2019 : Great Britain

The Ireland Funds Great Britain (IFGB) has announced the recipients of its 2018 Grant Round. The IFGB has awarded £155,000 to 37 deserving organisations working with and for the Irish community in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The objective of the Grant Round is to contribute much needed funds to organisations across Great Britain and the island of Ireland with projects supporting:

  • community development
  • culture
  • peace and reconciliation
  • education

Over 100 applications were received when the grant round opened in October, double the number of applications in the previous year. Chair of the IFGB Grants Committee, Seamus McGarry, said: “the increase in the number of applications received this year demonstrates the real need that still exists in the Irish community today. The Ireland Funds is proud to support many grassroots organisations and the vital work that they do to help the vulnerable in our communities and to promote Ireland and Irish culture.”

Director Katie Jemmett said: “the purpose of IFGB is to create a positive social impact and to make a real difference to those working and living in our communities. It is our aim to grow our Grant Round year on year and increase our impact and reach, and we are grateful to all of our donors and supporters who fund our work and make it possible for us to assist these excellent organisations.”

In addition to the Grant Round, The Ireland Funds Great Britain distributed over half a million pounds to charities through its donor advised grants programme in 2018.

The IFGB Grant Round awardees demonstrate the breadth of work carried out by community organisations across Great Britain and the island of Ireland. Projects supported this year include: creative podcasts which look at Irish identity; the establishment of a men’s shed; a cross-community filmmaking project for young people aged 11-19; engaging Travellers in suitable training, education and work experience; the provision of day services to elderly Irish people; a music bursary for composition of classical music on Irish themes; development of an IT education course for older Irish community members; educational resources for Irish speakers in London; and the provision of group therapy for carers and socially isolated adults.

The 37 organisations awarded grants are:

#IamIrish
174 Trust
Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support
Birmingham Irish Associations
Brent Irish Advisory Service
CINEMAGIC
Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú
Conradh na Gaeilge i Londain
Feith an Cheoil School of Traditional Irish Music
Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation
Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (icap)
Irish Chaplaincy
Irish Community Care
Irish Community Services in Greenwich, Bexley and Lewisham
Irish Cultural Centre
Irish Elderly Advice Network
Irish Film London
Irish Heritage
Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL)
Irish Pensioners Choir
Irish Repertory Theatre Company UK
Leeds Irish Arts Foundation (IAF)
Leeds Irish Health & Homes
Leicestershire GATE
Lewisham Irish Community Centre
Liverpool Irish Centre
London Ladies Gaelic Football
Luton Irish Forum
Northampton Irish Support Group
ReCreate Ireland
Southwark Irish Pensioners Project
space charity
Sticky Fingers Arts
The Aisling Project
The Haringey Irish Cultural & Community Centre
The London Irish Centre Charity
Tyneside Irish Cultural Society
Void Art Centre

For more information on The Ireland Funds Great Britain and its annual grant round, please visit: https://irelandfunds.org/chapters/worldwide/great-britain/

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