SSGT has had a specific focus on Traveller accommodation since 2018. Trustees identified the issue as one of the areas of greatest current need in Ireland, due to the failure to deliver culturally appropriate, secure, quality accommodation for Travellers. Following a donation from the Presentation Sisters (NE Province) and in response to this urgent need, SSGT developed the Traveller Accommodation grant programme (TAGP).
2020-2022: Multiannual grants have been made to a number of organisations for advocacy and activism work which contributes to increasing the provision of culturally appropriate, secure, quality accommodation for Travellers. The grant programme is not currently open for applications but if you are doing work which contributes to the following outcomes please contact us.
Traveller Accommodation Grant Programme Outcomes
Outcome 1: strengthened support through organising and campaigning: a greater number of activist groups (particularly young people) have mobilised to hold local and national government to account for the under-provision of accommodation; a broad-based coalition of national and regional voluntary organisations has mobilised around an agreed campaign to improve accommodation outcomes.
Outcome 2: improved awareness of and attitude towards need for change in how accommodation is being delivered: duty bearers (local authority management, politicians and others) have acknowledged the need for change and are acting accordingly; increased awareness of the particular challenges and obstacles to the provision of accommodation among specific target groups; media and other analysis on housing and homelessness more likely to include reference to the particular issues facing Travellers.
Outcome 3: Strengthened alliances: greater number of Traveller and non-Traveller ‘champions for change’; improved relationships between stakeholders, building solidarity and alliances.
Outcome 4: improved policies, legislation and change to current practice in the delivery of accommodation: there is an increased body of evidence to inform changes in policy and practice; local and national structures charged with the delivery of accommodation are operating more effectively; legislation, policy and structures have changed to create a framework which better facilitates the delivery of accommodation.
Traveller participation and relationship building are key principles underpinning the programme.
To date grants have been made to the following groups – details are in our Annual Reports
Ballyfermot Travellers Action Project
Cena – Culturally Appropriate Homes
Cork/Kerry Regional Traveller Accommodation Working Group (through Cork Traveller Women’s Network)
Galway Traveller Movement
National Traveller Women’s Forum
Trim Family Resource Centre
Funders: This programme is funded by the Presentation Sisters (NE Province) and the Discalced Carmelites.