The Irish word ‘Meitheal’ means ‘a collective effort for the greater good of the community’. 
Meitheal is an ancient Irish tradition of a group coming together for a common purpose and working together and for each other to ensure that all succeed in achieving their goal

 

 

  • Meitheal reaches beyond the Comhaltas movement to link the community, Comhaltas and the living tradition in a mutually enriching way.
  • The interests, talents and energies of a wide array of individuals and groups engaged through new connections, partnerships and local co-operations, to work together for the benefit of all.

The key objectives of the program are to:

  • Celebrate, maintain and strengthen the links between Ireland and the Global Irish;
  • Address the diverse and evolving needs of Irish emigrants, especially the elderly, disadvantaged and vulnerable;
  • Facilitate access to statutory and voluntary services in their country of residence for Irish emigrants;
  • Foster a more vibrant sense of community and of Irish identity;
  • Further the outcomes of the Global Irish Economic Forum;
  • Support business networks to connect Irish people to each other at home and abroad;
  • Research and define the emerging needs of Irish communities abroad;
  • Support development of new ways to communicate and connect with the increasingly diverse global Irish, including non-traditional diasporas;
  • Improve awareness and understanding of the emigrant and Diaspora experience

 


 MEITHEAL NORTH AMERICA:

  • Meitheal in North America is established as a committee for the further development of Comhaltas in North America.
  • Membership of the committee is open to people both within & from outside of Comhaltas with specific skills
  • It supports the work of the established voluntary structure but its membership and structure is independent of the Provincial structure.
  • Meitheal is a project based initiative.
  • Funding must be used for development projects which are individual, time-limited in the Meitheal framework.
  • Projects must also be to the benefit of Irish people and provide some legacy in strengthening the work of Comhaltas beyond the life of the project.
  • This funding is available to all units interested in developing or enhancing its support for Irish people through new projects.

 

 

TYPES OF PROJECTS: 

  • All Projects must be well structured, costed and must count with another source of funding (matching funding).
  • Projects should be structured on providing a service to the Diaspora.
  • Educational.
  • Publications.
  • Archive – based.
  • Assessed by Meitheal team. 

 

WHAT THE FUND CAN BE USED FOR:

 

  • Funding must be used for development projects which are individual, time-limited projects in the Meitheal framework.
  • Projects must also be to the benefit of Irish people and the Diaspora.
  • Projects must provide some legacy in strengthening the work of Comhaltas beyond the life of the project.
  • This funding is available to all units interested in developing or enhancing its support for Irish people through new projects.
  • But as with all grant funding it is only available on the basis of strict terms and conditions being adhered to

 

WHAT THE FUND CANNOT BE USED FOR:

 

  Funding cannot be used to fund core branch activities.

For example:

  • Provision of branch music/song/dance classes
  • Travel expenditure
  • Accommodation
  • Meals/Catering
  • Purchase of musical instruments
  • Purchase of insurance


MEITHEAL EXPENDITURE:

 

  • Due to the funding being new to Comhaltas in North America the Meitheal Committee has not as yet been in a position to manage the distribution of funding through an open application process to units of Comhaltas.
  • Instead Meitheal began with funding for a number of projects which benefit as many members as possible of Comhaltas in North America (across all branches and regions).

 

MEITHEAL currently provides funding for:

Mid-West & Mid-Atlantic Fleadhanna Ceoil

Féile Cheoil - Canada.

Convention – workshops.

SCT (Scrúdú Ceoil Tíre -Student exam structure)

 Diaspora – Meitheal Newsletter

Distribution of Treoir

Development of a funding database.

Publications – Bill McEvoy’s History of Comhaltas

SLIA Summer Camp

 Claddagh na nGael – Irish culture on the Jersey Shore


 These projects benefit a wide range of people and at the time being are being co-assessed by CCÉ Headquarters

 


If you have any doubts, questions or want to know even more about Meitheal North America, please contact us!