Grants for Irish Charitable Organisations working on Community Development, Education, and Peace & Reconciliation

Deadline: 14 August 2019

The Ireland Funds Flagship Awards is offering grants for core funding, capacity building or programme costs for charitable organisations working within one of their key programme areas: Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, and Peace & Reconciliation.

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Their aim is to improve the quality and sustainability of existing programmes, or to help scale initiatives already demonstrating impact.

Funding Priorities

  • Community Development
    • Supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women
    • Providing support and advice to the LGBTQI+ community
    • Supporting migrant rights, family reunification and community integration programmes
    • Helping the homeless through pathways for independence
    • Providing opportunities and access to people with physical disabilities
    • Responding to environmental challenges and creating sustainable communities
    • Supporting an aging population
    • Providing youth mental health programmes
  • Education
    • Delivering early intervention education programmes
    • Providing access to education for marginalised and underrepresented groups
    • Providing access to education and opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities
    • Educating stakeholders on current societal issues e.g. cyber safety, mental health, climate change
  • Arts and Culture
    • Promoting innovative arts and cultural projects with a positive effect on society
    • Providing arts initiatives for people with intellectual disabilities
    • Combining arts and cultural initiatives with proven positive health benefits (mental health and physical health)
  • Peace and Reconciliation
    • Fostering positive relationships through cross community groups
    • Delivering restorative justice programmes
    • Educating and preparing stakeholders for the potential implications of Brexit

Funding Information

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  • A Flagship Award can be up to €100,000 in financial support over a two-year period, together with an array of additional non-financial supports.
  • A total of €500,000 is available for the Flagship Awards in 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The project must fit within one of The Ireland Funds key programme areas.
  • The project must offer an innovative approach/solution to the problem
  • The project must define activities which are feasible, reasonable, and sustainable
  • The project must have a measurable positive impact on the beneficiaries
  • The project or activity for which you are seeking funding must take place within the 32 counties of Ireland
  • The project must be for a future activity, not for an activity or project that has already been completed
  • Organisations must come from an entity that has Charitable status in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland (i.e. registered with the Charities Regulator or with the Charities Commission for Northern Ireland)
  • Organisations must be established, well-managed, and financially viable
  • Organisations must be leading the way in transparency and accountability, publishing SORP compliant annual accounts and compliant with the Governance Code and Fundraising Code.
  • Organisations must provide a copy of their governing document (e.g. Constitution, Memorandum of Articles of Association), the most recent set of Audited Accounts and the most recent Annual Report to be considered in the second stage of the application.
  • Organisations must not have received an Ireland Funds Flagship Award within the past 4 years (i.e. only Flagship Awardees pre-2015 are eligible to apply)

Organisations may submit only one application Organisations may apply for support for capacity building or programme costs.

Capacity Building: Funding is available for new or enhanced activities aimed at strengthening an organisation’s programmatic and/or administrative capacity. Projects must evidence a credible plan for sustaining costs.

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Programme: In general, funding for programme development or the expansion of existing programmes will be limited to programmes which clearly demonstrate effectiveness and have a viable fundraising and sustainability plan. On a very selective basis, The Ireland Funds will consider programmes or projects that offer the potential to produce significant impacts.

How to Apply

All Letters of Inquiry must be submitted online via given website.

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