Traveller Accommodation Grant Programme

St Stephen’s Green Trust has a strategic goal of supporting the provision of culturally appropriate, secure, quality accommodation for Travellers by strengthening organising and campaigning; improving awareness and attitude towards the need for change; strengthening solidarity and improving the policy and legislative framework for the provision of accommodation. This is a 10-year programme (2018-2027) funded by the Presentation Sisters and the Discalced Carmelites.

We are currently supporting a small number of Traveller organisations with multi-annual grants which are working in a strategic way to hold duty bearers to account for the provision of Traveller accommodation.

To further this work, we ran a small grants scheme in 2023 with the aim of supporting groups who are leading on the issue of Traveller accommodation to accelerate and strengthen their campaigning work.

We are expecting to open a new funding round in the second half of 2024 that will welcome applications from groups working towards one or more of the Programme’s outcome areas.

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.

Since the launch of the programme in 2018, grants have been made to the following groups:

Ballyfermot Traveller Action Project

Cena – Culturally Appropriate Homes

Craigavon Travellers

Cork Kerry Regional Traveller Accommodation Working Group

Cumann na Daoine

Galway Traveller Movement

National Traveller Women’s Forum

Participation and the Practice of Rights

Travellers of North Cork

Trim Family Resource Centre

Uplift

Funders: This programme is funded by the Presentation Sisters (NE Province) and the Discalced Carmelites.

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