A grant scheme to support commemorative events for former residents of Mother and Child Institutions and those who had comparable experiences in County Homes has been launched today. 

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has introduced the grant scheme, which will provide financial assistance to survivor led advocacy groups for the purpose of organising and running commemorative events.

Funding of €50,000 has been ring-fenced for this scheme for 2020 and organisations can apply for up to €2,500 per event to support their commemorative activities.

The scheme hopes to support survivor centred advocacy organisations in commemorating their experiences in a way of their own choosing that responds to the specific needs of their communities.

The scheme was developed in response to the recommendations which emerged from the work of Collaborative Forum of Former Residents of Mother and Baby Homes.

Funding is available to survivor-led organisations, representing one or more of the named institutions currently being investigated by the statutory Commission of Investigation.

The grant scheme is now open and taking applications.

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