Thursday, 27 May 2021
Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
82. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the funding supports that have been provided to LGBTI+ community groups and family organisations in the past year; the impact of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28449/21]
In line with the commitments in the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy, my Department continues work on mapping of LGBTI+ community services. In November 2020, 29 projects around the country received funding to a total amount of €700,000 under the 2020 LGBTI+ Communities Services Fund.
The fund comprises two schemes – one dealing with community services, and the other with visibility and inclusion. The applications received were of a high standard and the application process was very competitive.
58 applications were received under the Programme. Of these, 29 were successful with 10 projects receiving funding for measures supporting community services for LGBTI+ people, and 19 projects receiving funding to promote the visibility and inclusion of LGBTI+ people.
This fund provides for initiatives that will promote inclusion, protect rights and improve quality of life and wellbeing for members of the LGBTI+ community, enabling them to participate fully in Ireland's social, economic, cultural, and political life. We are seeking to achieve tangible outcomes that will transform the lives of LGBTI+ people across Ireland. The Community Services Fund is designed specifically with these aims in mind.
Services and initiatives that work to promote inclusion and visibility for the LGBTI+ community have an increased importance at a time when many LGBTI+ people may feel disconnected from their community. I am confident that these projects will be successful in ensuring members continue to feel supported.
In addition, the LGBTI+ Community Services Fund for 2021 will be announced in the coming months.