Department of Foreign Affairs: Emigrant Support Programme

The Emigrant Support Programme is a tangible expression of the Government’s support of, commitment to, and interest in the global Irish community.

It aims to strengthen the international Irish community and its bond with Ireland. Through this programme, the Government wants to fund projects that will have a clear and indentifiable impact on supporting and building global Irish communities. The Irish Abroad Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs manages and coordinates the programme in partnership with Ireland’s Embassies and Consulates abroad.

Since its inception in 2004, the Emigrant Support Programme has assisted over 530 organisations in over 36 countries with grants totalling over €200 million. Grants have ranged from small amounts for grass-roots groups to major allocations awarded to voluntary and community organisations operating on a large scale.