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Factsheet for measure IE-2023-1/3242 – measures in Ireland

€50 million funding for communities hosting Ukrainian refugees

Country Ireland , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 January 2023 – 01 November 2024
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
Author Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound
Measure added 22 June 2023 (updated 11 July 2023)

Background information

The Community Recognition Fund supports communities across Ireland that are hosting refugees from Ukraine and other countries.

The €50 million fund has been allocated across local authorities based on the number of new arrivals located there.

The fund aims to support the development of facilities that will be used in the future by all members of the community.

Content of measure

Some of the projects that will be supported under the fund include:

  • The refurbishment of local sports clubs and facilities
  • The upgrade of community facilities such as play areas, walkways, parks and community gardens
  • The purchase of equipment to benefit local clubs, festivals, music and arts organisations
  • The enhancement of school or parish facilities that are open to the wider community after hours or on weekends
  • Transport infrastructure such as community vehicles and bus shelters

Announcing the first tranche of the successful projects, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “This funding will go directly to communities who have responded, developing projects like sports facilities, community vehicles and bus shelters, walks, playgrounds and equipment for sports clubs for the benefit of all residents, old and new.”

Use of measure

Over 880 projects received funding of €50 million in the first round of funding. The funding will be spent throughout 2023 and 2024.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Local funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement.

Views and reactions

Not available.


  • 24 January 2023: Community Recognition Fund 2023 (
  • 18 May 2023: Government announces €50 million investment under first ever Community Recognition Fund (
  • 18 May 2023: Community Recognition Fund 2023-List of Successful Applicants (


Eurofound (2023), €50 million funding for communities hosting Ukrainian refugees, measure IE-2023-1/3242 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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