Organisations in counties Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Galway will benefit from funding announced under the 2018 Community Integration Fund.

Minister of State David Staunton has announced that 115 grassroots organisations nationally will receive funding totalling half a million euro.

The organisations each receive grants up to €5,000 for activities to support the integration of migrants within local communities.

Ballaghadereen GAA Club and Ballaghadereen Community Games, Friends of the Centre in Ballaghadereen and Roscommon GAA club are among the recipients, as well as the Irish Refugee Council in Mayo and Sligo.

Also in Sligo, the Sligo Family Resource Centre and Sligo Global Kitchen are among the recipients, while in Galway, the Galway Integration Consortium, Theatre for Change in Galway City, ARD Family Resource Centre and Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre will also receive grants under this fund.

Minister Staunton says last year was the first year of the Community Integration Fund, and having visited some of the projects, he says he was struck by how great an impact such modest financial support can have in bringing migrants and their host communities together.

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