The SSGT Direct Provision Centre Grant Programme aims to give an opportunity to parents/carers of children in Centres to decide on activities that will benefit their children and to apply for funding for them. It is envisaged these activities will avail of community, cultural and sporting activities in the community.
- The funded activities should increase the children’s opportunities to integrate with their community and improve their quality of life.
- One application only will be accepted for each Centre, which may include several activities, depending on the interests of the children, age group etc. Please note that only grassroots voluntary groups with a track record of supporting people living in Direct Provision are eligible to apply for this grant programme.
- We envisage funding is only available to fund one activity per child for a period of time.
- Priority will be given to Centres which are geographically isolated and/or don’t have many organisations supporting residents with activities which allow integration into their community.
- We aim to be flexible about preferred activities but expect they will utilise available community, community and sporting facilities in as cost-effective a manner as possible.
- In general transport costs are not eligible for funding as RIA now expects Centre managers to fund transport for extracurricular activities. Exceptions may be made in some circumstances.
- We have extended the grant programme to include children who have recently moved out of the Centre. This is to ensure children who started activities while living in the Centre are not suddenly stopped from participating in them on moving to the community. In order for the fund to be sustainable, there is limited flexibility for this extension as the grant programme is focused on supporting families dependent on the small personal allowances available to residents in DPCs. We rely on funded organisations to make a judgement on this and if you’re not sure, it is best to contact SSGT in advance of making the application. However, our expectations are that no more than 15% to 20% of the cost of activities are for children living in the community which can be provided for up to a year after moving out of the Centre.
 We are defining children as those aged up to 18 years of age.
The four Sisters of Mercy Provinces have partnered with St Stephen’s Green Trust (SSGT) to fund this grant programme. Mercy Southern Province; Mercy Northern Province; Mercy South Central Province and Mercy Western Province have provided funds to support Centres in their area.
Deadline for receipt of applications: there is a rolling deadline of 25th of each month for applications, following which the assessment and decision process will take a few weeks. Please build this into your timeframe.
A short impact report was compiled in April 2016 which describes the programme and the range and size of grants. It is available on our Publications page.
Deadline dates and an application form is available here