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Irish government grants available for immigrant groups

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

The Irish government is this year again allocating grants to organizations in the U.S. providing advice and assistance to Irish immigrants.

Following a commitment to the Irish Immigration Working Committee in New York last September, Irish Foreign Affairs Minister David Andrews has made provision for an increase this year in the grants available, bringing the amount up to $300,000.

Andrews announced the increase in funding in New York at the formal opening of the Aisling Irish Community Center in Yonkers recently.

Applications for funding should be submitted to the Irish consulates in Boston, Chicago, New York or San Francisco.

Applications should be submitted to the appropriate consulate by June 25.

The consulates will offer advice and guidance to any group wishing to make an application and will also liaise with the local immigration assistance community in the disbursement of funding.

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The embassy of Ireland, in Washington, D.C., will be responsible for overall co-ordination of the scheme.

Final approval of the grants will be decided by the minister for foreign affairs.

The priority areas for distribution of available funding will be the provision of information, advice and outreach services for immigrants.

Payment of grants will be made before the end of September 1999.

For details, call the New York consulate at (212) 319-2555; Boston, (617) 267-9330; Chicago, (312) 337-1868 or San Francisco, (415) 392-4214, or the embassy in Washington, D.C., (202) 462-3939.

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