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    Ireland Fund of GB accepting Forgotten Irish grant apps

    By Noreen Bowden | August 28, 2008

    The Forgotten Irish campaign of the Irish Fund of Great Britain is currently accepting applications from charity groups working with the vulnerable and elderly Irish in the UK.

    The funding is meant to benefit those among the Irish community who emigrated in the decades following World War II, who worked hard and are now “living out what remains of their lives in isolation, poverty and deprivation in cities like Birmingham, Coventry, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and London. In spite of the enormous contribution they made to Ireland in her dark days, many of these elderly & vulnerable Irish people now run the risk of becoming The Forgotten Irish.”

    The funding is open for the following:

    • Vulnerable and / or older Irish Men and Women who do not / can not / or are reluctant to access existing services.
    • Projects that will tackle loneliness & isolation, such as lunch clubs.
    • Outreach projects, such as Befriender services.
    • Social, cultural or educational activities for vulnerable and or elderly Irish men and women.
    • In exceptional circumstances, The IFGB will consider funding salary costs for the purposes of outreach.

    The IFGB will not prioritise funding for capital projects. For capital project application guidelines, please contact Laura on 0207 378 8373 or

    The closing date for applications is 26 September 2008.

    For more information see The Forgotten Irish website of the Ireland Funds of Great Britain.

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