Roderic O’Gorman, Ireland’s Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth, announced the 25 LGBTI+ projects set to receive funding under the 2023 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call on Tuesday, October 31.

Through this Fund, a total of €984,482.52 will be made available to support organizations across Ireland to assist the development of rural community infrastructure to be inclusive and welcoming of LGBTI+ persons, address gaps in LGBTI+ services, and support existing LGBTI+ community organizations, the Department said.

Minister O’Gorman announces 25 projects to be funded under the 2023 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call
• €984,482.52 will be made available to 25 LGBTI+ community service-based projects.
• Grants of up to €100,000 will be allocated to successful organisations

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The National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy 2019-2021 adopted by the Irish Government and launched in November 2019 provides a whole-of-Government framework for identifying and addressing issues that may prevent LGBTI+ people from enjoying full equality in practice in Irish society.

The Strategy, the Department says, is based on four thematic pillars providing a vision of an Ireland where members of the LGBTI+ community are visible and included, treated equally, healthy, safe, and supported. Positive visibility and increased non-stereotypical representation of LGBTI+ identities are vital to support long-term attitudinal change.

The Department says that the 2023 LGBTI+ Community Services Funding Call is an important element in achieving overall objective of the National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy.

Minister O’Gorman said on Tuesday: “I am delighted to announce a wide range of projects - local and regional – around the country to ensure that every LGBTI+ person in Ireland can avail of important supports and thrive in their community. 

“This funding of nearly €1m will enable 25 organizations to support LGBTI+ persons in a range of ways, including health, counseling services, and celebrating Pride

“The significant interest in the Community Services Fund 2023 demonstrates the willingness of communities around the country to support LGBTI+ persons and I wish them the best of luck in implementing their projects.”

The call for proposals ran from June 23 – July 26 this year. The grant funding was divided into two schemes - one which grants €25,000 - €100,000 per project, and the another that grants €5,000 - €10,000 per project.

Four organizations received €70,000 each, the highest amount awarded to an individual organization: AMACH! LGBT Galway clg; BeLonG To Youth Services; GOSHH Ireland CLG; LGBT Support and Advocacy Network Ireland CLG.