Connecting Communities: Support for people in the international protection process

SSGT believes that a more humane asylum system is needed in Ireland with more effective community-led approaches to the integration of vulnerable migrants such as those in the international protection process. There should be more support and opportunities for the voice of protection applicants to be heard, particularly in issues which affect them.

SSGT has three strands of work in this area:

Activities for Children living in Direct Provision Centres Grant Programme: 2020-2022
SSGT has a rolling grant programme (application deadline is 25th of each month) to contribute to activities for children living in Direct Provision (DP) Centres. This programme has a matched funding requirement. The criteria are here.
If your group is eligible to apply, please contact us for an application form.

Stand Up Speak Out: 2020-2022
In 2020 SSGT had an open call for applications for a grant programme taking a broader approach to supporting positive change for people living in direct provision. The focus is on community organising, supporting participation of asylum seekers in their community and inclusion of their voices in issues which affect them. Grants have now been made under this programme to five organisations. The project descriptions are here.

Stand Up Speak Out 2020-2022 Grantees:

Action Aid Ireland, Dublin
Afri, Dublin
LGBT Ireland, Dublin
Places of Sanctuary Ireland, Wexford
PPR (Participation & Practice of Rights), Belfast
Wexford Local Development, Wexford

Community Sponsorship Grant Programme
More information soon.

Previous reports and programmes

Between 2014 and 2020, SSGT had two grant programmes focused on people living in direct provision centres.

The first programme (2014-2019) funded grassroots groups for the costs of activities for children to participate in sporting, recreational and cultural activities with their peers in their local community. An evaluation of that programme, Healing the wound of isolation: letting children be children, was carried out in 2019 and can be downloaded here.

The second 3-year learning programme (2016-2019) supported asylum seekers who had obtained refugee status to make the transition to independent living within their local community. The final report of the 3-year evaluation, Supporting Transition from Direct Provision is here.

Funders: These programmes are funded by a family foundation advised by Porticus, the Mercy Sisters and the Daughters of the Cross of Liege investment.

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