My Department operates a number of funding schemes in the area of Integration, which includes the integration of refugees. A small grants scheme provides for grants of up to €5,000 from the Communities Integration Fund and a national funding programme to promote the integration of migrants provides for larger grants paid over a period of 3 years.
While there is currently no integration funding directly aimed at primary and secondary schools, my Department’s Community Integration Fund was open to community groups, including schools, to apply.
Several family resource centres, community resource centres, sports clubs and arts/drama groups were also successful in their application for funding under the Community Integration Fund. Many of these projects benefited children.
My Department also funds the Irish Traveller Movement’s (ITM) Yellow Flag programme, which is an integration project operating in both Primary and Secondary Schools. The ITM Yellow Flag programme received funding under the call for proposals for the 2016 - 2019 Asylum Migration Integration Fund (AMIF) to the amount of €150,410 (75% of total budget of €200,547). They were also successful in 2019 for funding for a further 3 years to September 2022 to the amount of €156,750 (75% of total budget of €209,000).