The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has announced that applications can now be made for funding from the LGBTI+ Community Services fund.
The 2022 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call is an important element in supporting the implementation of the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy, which was published on 28 November 2019, and complements the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy published in June 2018.
Based on feedback and discussions with a number of NGOs, Minister O’Gorman has expanded scheme A to include a ‘core support’ model. Scheme A will remain open for larger style projects but will also be open to applications from existing LGBTI+ NGOs for funding to maintain and enhance existing services and initiatives. This will assist these organisations build capacity and maintain existing and well-established LGBTI+ supports.
Announcing the fund, Minister O’Gorman said, “the funding announced today coincides with Pride celebrations and recognises the need for greater access to LGBTI+ services right across Ireland. For the past 2 years the funding call has provided vital funding to many organisations across the country and I am pleased to see this continue. It will help improve the quality of life for LGBTI+ people and ensure they are supported in realising their rights.”
The Minister continued, “recognising that a particular challenge for LGBTI+_ NGOs has been the ability to plan to undertake longer-term projects and initiatives, this year the funding basis will change to now include a new ‘core support’ element. I hope this improvement will encourage new and innovative ideas coming forward that will further improve access to services for LGBTI+ people, irrespective of their age or where they live.”
There are 2 streams of funding:
- Scheme A will continue to support new initiatives but will also be open to applications from existing LGBTI+ NGOs for funding to maintain and enhance existing services and initiatives. This will assist these organisations build capacity and maintain existing and well-established LGBTI+ supports.
- Scheme B will provide small grants to organisations for projects that promote visibility and inclusion of LGBTI+ persons.
All applications must be submitted electronically.
Applications for funding will remain open until 3pm on Wednesday 20 July 2022. Groups can access a detailed guidance document and complete an online application form at the following links:
Scheme A – LGBTI Funding Open Call 2022 Scheme A
Scheme B – LGBTI Funding Open Call 2022 Scheme B