Minister Joe O’Brien announces funding for Balbriggan project to mark decade for people of African descent

2nd October, 2023

  • The Irish Institute of Music and Song in Balbriggan will receive a grant of €5,000.
  • €169,740 will be made available for projects to host events to mark and celebrate the International Decade for People of African Descent.
  • Grants of up to €5,000 will be allocated to successful organisations.

The Minister of State for Community Development, Integration and Charities, Joe O’Brien, has announced the 35 projects set to receive funding under the International Decade for People of African Descent Funding Call including one project in Fingal. Through this Fund, a total of €169,740 will be made available to support organisations hosting events to mark the International Decade for People of African Descent and celebrate the diverse culture and heritage of people of African descent.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister O’Brien said:

“This broad range of events will engage and help enlighten communities across the country about the Decade and its importance. It will help to animate the richness of Irish society that is often not fully appreciated but also give a platform to voices that don’t always get space and time to express themselves.

I had the pleasure of celebrating Africa Day 2023 at an event held by the Irish Institute of Music and Song in Balbriggan. I am delighted that they have been awarded €5,000 to support their plans to mark the International Decade for People of African Descent.”

The UN General Assembly proclaimed an ‘International Decade for People of African Descent’, effective through 2015-2024 under resolution 68/237. The resolution proclaims a need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in order to encourage the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by People of African Descent. The theme of the Decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development”

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth grant funds the International Decade for People of African Descent Ireland (IDPADI) Steering Committee to advance the celebration of the Decade.

The IDPAD open call for proposals ran from 25th May 2023 to 20th July 2023.

List of successful applicants:

Organisation: Project Name: Grant Sought: County:
AFRO IN DIASPORA CENTER The Future: Illuminating Africa’s Past, Present & Future Through History, Art, Culture, and Education €5,000 Cavan
Cork Migrant Centre, Nano Nagle Place ‘Disentangled’ €5,000 Cork
ACET Ireland Recognising African perspectives on health €3,100 Dublin
Akina dada wa Africa Limited  (AkiDwA) Afro Art Festival €5,000 Dublin
Axis Ballymun Mixed Race Irish Day – Recognition and Celebration €5,000 Dublin
Black History Month Ireland Launch of Black History Month 2023 €5,000 Dublin
CAD AID FOUNDATION “EmpowerHer: Breaking Barriers, Celebrating Diversity” €5,000 Dublin
Children 4 World Children (C4WC) Waka Waka  Africa…. Celebrating & Sustaining African Culture & Heritage €5,000 Dublin
Create Eascair – a Black Irish renaissance €5,000 Dublin
Cultures Meet Ireland “Harmony Fest: Celebrating Diversity and Unity in Ireland” €5,000 Dublin
Dublin South City Partnership CLG Positive Contribution of African Descents in Ireland €5,000 Dublin
Early Learning Initiative Play event celebrating African music, storytelling and culture. €5,000 Dublin
Festival in a Van CLG Rhythms of Africa €5,000 Dublin
GORM Film in Colour €4,830 Dublin
Insaka Ireland All Africa Youth Movement Beyond The Human Zoo €5,000 Dublin

An Art Exhibition and African cultural diversity workshop series

€4,860 Dublin
Motivalogic Academy African In Tech Career Day 2023 €5,000 Dublin
Muslim Sisters of Eire Multiculture Day Celabrating Africa €5,000 Dublin
Sickle Cell Society Ireland Research Project exploring the daily living experiences of people with sickle cell, and impact on education, employment. €5,000 Dublin
The Africa-Irish Development Initiative (AIDI) Limited Black / Africa History Month Ireland Celebrations €5,000 Dublin
The Association of Mixed Race Irish, C/O EUROPEAN NETWORK AGAINST RACISM (ENAR) IRELAND LIMITED The Search for African Identities – screening of “The Search” and panel discussion €5,000 Dublin
The Bold Woman Association DIVERSITY IN CULTURE €5,000 Dublin
Amdalah Africa Foundation – AMDAF Decade Culture Cafe €5,000 Galway
Galway One World Centre (GOWC) Arts event:  ‘AFRICA, MOTHER OF ALL’ €5,000 Galway
Ait na nDaoine Dundalk community celebrating culture and heritage of People of African Descent €5,000 Louth
Phase Innovate Miss Tech Africa: Empowering Young Women in Technology and Community Development €5,000 Louth
Umoja linn Umoja linn African Christmas Market €5,000 Offaly
Aremoja Women’s Group Sligo An African Experience €4,950 Sligo
Live Art Ireland EXPRESS: An Artist Residency and Community Engagement programme focussed on and involving People

of African Descent.

€5,000 Tipperary
HergenuityAfrika CLG HGA Entrepreneurs Summit and Awards 2023 €5,000 Waterford
Glencree & AISW (Africa Irish Society of Wicklow) The Other Side of Us €5,000 Wicklow
University of Galway Students Union Africa Appreciation week €2,000 Galway
Vision Community Support Services (VCSS) African Irish Youths Exhibition and Fashion show €5,000 Cork
Irish Institute of Music and Song KUTRIKUKU ARTS EVENTS €5,000 Dublin