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Grants up to €100,000 available to organisations helping Ukrainians in Ireland

New figures released by the CSO show that a total of 35,670 PPSNs have been issued to people from Ukraine since early March.

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Updated Jun 10th 2022, 4:19 PM

THE NUMBER OF Ukrainian refugees that have arrived in Ireland increased by just over 2,500 in two weeks, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

As of the week ending 5 June, a total of 35,670 personal public service numbers (PPSNs) had been issued to individuals from Ukraine since early March under the government’s Temporary Protection Directive.

This is up from the 33,151 individuals who had arrived by the week ending 22 May.

Women aged 20 and over account for almost half (48%) of all arrivals to date, while children aged 0-19 account for over a third (37%) of arrivals.

The majority of those arriving (42% equating to 14,929 individuals) were categorised as “one parent with children” under the broad relationship classification headings used.

Many of the spouses and partners stayed in Ukraine to fight for their country while an estimated six million people have travelled to nearby countries.

The data also showed that as of 7 June 2022, of the 6,824 children who arrived from Ukraine and enrolled in school, 70% were in primary education while 30% were in secondary education.

The average time between the allocation of a PPSN to enrolment in primary or secondary school was just over two weeks.

CSO Statistician Karola Graupner said two maps are also included in the release based on mapping 32,969 individuals, or 92% of arrivals, to a local post office: the first map is a count of arrivals by local electoral area (LEA), and the second is the rate of arrivals by LEA (per 100 of the Census 2016 population).

“Using the local post office address as a proxy for place of residence, arrivals from Ukraine are present in all LEAs and North Inner City in Dublin had the highest number of associated arrivals from Ukraine at 1,304,” she said.

She added that the rate per 100 of the population ranges across all LEAs in the country from 0.03% to 7.10%.

The LEA with the highest rate is Ennistimon in Clare, while the LEA of Drogheda Rural in Louth had the lowest rate in the country.”

Ireland for Ukraine Fund

Groups helping Ukrainian refugees in Ireland can now apply for grants of up to €100,000.

The grants are being made available from the Ireland for Ukraine Fund, which is a collaboration of Ireland’s leading media organisations – including The Journal – to raise money for people impacted by Russia’s invasion.

Over 30,000 Ukrainians have arrived in Ireland since Russia launched its widespread attack on 24 February.

The fund-raising effort has received €5 Million in support from the government. All monies raised are being split evenly between addressing needs in Ukraine and meeting the needs of people arriving into Ireland.  

Organisations are being invited to apply through four strands – Primary Response (strand 1), Community Response (strand 2), Specialised Response (strand 3) and Collaborative Response (strand 4).

The maximum grant for strand 1 is €15,000, strand 2 is providing grants of €5,000 or €10,000, up to €30,000 is being made available through strand 3 and grants of €50,000 or €100,000 are being allocated through strand 4.

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The Community Foundation says it created the strands by identifying areas of need through its established network of voluntary, community and charitable partners across the country. The closing date for applications is 30 June.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys said voluntary organisations across Ireland are playing a vital role in supporting Ukrainian refugees.

“The Government is determined to support our communities in response to their efforts. This is demonstrated by the contribution of €5 million to this particular fund, which is part of an overall €10.5 million package announced last week,” Humphreys said.

Denise Charlton of The Community Foundation for Ireland said the range of issues faced by arriving Ukrainians is broad, including language difficulties, basic needs like food, clothing and accommodation as well as recognition of qualifications, access to work and vulnerabilities of specific groups.

“Our grant process is structured so that the full range of support services can apply. This includes smaller organisations on the ground operating in their own local community to frontline agencies addressing specific needs often with specialised expertise as well as national charities who can be facilitated to come together and pool their response given the size of this crisis,” Charlton said.

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