Minister for Justice and Equality, Helen McEntee TD, today issued a Call for Applications from interested bodies for funding under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020 (hereinafter referred to as AMIF).
Total funding of €770,000 has been made available for the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) to develop several Regional Support Organisations (RSOs) whose role it would be to further develop the government’s Community Sponsorship programme.
Announcing the call for applications, Minister McEntee said:
"Increased diversity presents Ireland, as a society, with many opportunities. Opportunities to enrich our culture, expand our economy, and, more generally, to share ideas and learn from each other.
"This funding will assist groups whose priority it is to ensure that refugees and other migrants can integrate successfully into Irish life and make a real contribution."
All applications will be focused on activity in the State, and the selection of projects to receive funding under this Call will have regard to the desirability of achieving a geographical spread of activities in all of the following areas:
Area 1: Dublin / Louth
Area 2: Cork / Kerry
Area 3: Limerick / Tipperary / Clare
Area 4: Meath/ Kildare /Wicklow / Westmeath /Offaly
Area 5: Waterford /Wexford /Kilkenny / Carlow /Laois
Area 6: Galway /Mayo / Longford /Roscommon
Area 7: Leitrim /Sligo / Cavan /Donegal / Monaghan
The maximum funding available for each individual geographical area is €110,000.
The contract duration is from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2022, and application forms for interested groups, and a guide containing more information on the AMIF, can be found by accessing the following links –
The Deadline for submitting applications 12 noon on 15 September 2020.
The European Commission first approved Ireland’s National Programme AMIF on 21 March 2016. The Funds Administration Unit in the Department of Justice and Equality is designated as Ireland’s Responsible Authority for the AMIF.
The funding available to Ireland under the AMIF will be used over the lifetime of the Programme to support actions that will help to achieve the National Objectives set out in the Programme.
The overall objective of EU AMIF 2014-2020 is to promote the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common EU approach to asylum and immigration.
The Fund has four Specific Objectives:
to strengthen and develop all aspects of the Common European Asylum System, including its external dimension
to support legal migration to the Member States in accordance with their economic and social needs, such as labour market needs, while safeguarding the integrity of the immigration systems of Member States, and to promote the effective integration of third country nationals
to enhance fair and effective return strategies in the Member States which contribute to combating illegal immigration, with an emphasis on sustainability of return and effective re-admission in the countries of origin and transit
to enhance solidarity and responsibility sharing between the Member States, in particular towards those most affected by migration and asylum flows, including through practical co-operation