€700k funding to support LGBTI+ community services

€700k funding to support LGBTI+ community services

A significant funding opportunity has been announced for LGBTI+ community services.

Details of the LGBTI+ Community Services Fund have been outlined by Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman T.D.

€700,000 is being made available to applicant groups, operating at national, regional and local level, to support community services and promote visibility and inclusion of LGBTI+ people.

The 2021 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.

Announcing the funding, Minister O’Gorman said My Department aims to build a safer, fairer, more inclusive Ireland. The National LGBTI+ inclusion strategy is a major step forward for the LGBTI+ community – young and old, urban and rural. The continuation of this funding programme is a clear sign of my Department’s commitment to further improve access to services for LGBTI+ people, irrespective of their age or where they live.”

Key actions for the Department include maintaining the funding and capacity of LGBTI+ community services, as well as measures to ensure that community development infrastructure more broadly is both inclusive and welcoming to LGBTI+ people.

Minister O’Gorman added Continuing to support the LGBTI+ community is a priority for my Department. The funding announced today follows last year’s successful funding call and will help improve quality of life for LGBTI+ people and ensure they are supported in realising their rights.”

Additional funding of €700,000 was secured in the equality budgetary allocation for 2021 to support equality and LGBTI+ initiatives, bringing the total funding available to over €920,000 in 2021.

There are two streams of funding, and applications must be submitted electronically.

Applications for funding will remain open until 3pm on Monday, July 26.

Groups can access a detailed guidance document and complete an online application form at the following links:

For details of scheme A click HERE.

Information on scheme B is available HERE.

Further information on local supports available for those dealing with sexuality-related issues can be found HERE.