Ballyhaunis Community School benefit from funding for integration projects

Ballyhaunis Community School in Mayo will benefit from funding to support integration projects during the pandemic, Mayo TD Alan Dilllon said.

Deputy Dillon said: “I am delighted that Ballyhaunis Community School will benefit from €4,181 through the 2020 Communities Integration Fund to support their activities which are more important than ever.

“People in Mayo have come together like never before for the betterment of their communities, and in these challenging times it is vital that we ensure that everyone in our society feels included and that they belong.

 “It is so welcome that almost every county in Ireland will benefit from funding for locally-run projects to support the integration of migrants.

“As the Fund is intended to support the integration of migrant and host communities, all applications had to demonstrate how they will involve both migrant and host communities in the activities proposed.

“A total of almost €500,000 in grant funding has been provided to 113 groups nationwide this year. This is the fourth year of the Communities Integration Fund, bringing the total amount made available to date to over €2.0 million.

“The projects granted funding are small community-based projects.  A maximum grant amount of €5,000 and a minimum grant amount of €1,000 is allocated to any single project.

“Community groups received funding for activities such as intercultural awareness, combatting racism and xenophobia, sport and community games and education.”