Social Innovation Fund: Seeking Applications for Equality Fund

Deadline: 18 May 2018

Social Innovation Fund is currently seeking applications for its Equality Fund to provide critical supports to social innovations that are aimed at strengthening equality while supporting some of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in Ireland.

The Equality Fund is open to social projects with main beneficiaries who belong to one or more of the following groups: LGBTI persons, migrants, prisoners and former offenders, and persons affected by gender-based violence.

The Equality Fund is a €300,000 awards fund created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with the Peter Kinney and Lisa Sandquist Foundation and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be over 18 years old.
  • Applications must come from an entity that has a not for profit legal form eg a school, charity or social enterprise. For profit entities are excluded from applying.
  • Social Innovation Fund Ireland staff, directors and their immediate family members are excluded from applying.
  • Applicants must meet Social Innovation Fund Ireland standard criteria and specific criteria for the Equality Fund listed below:
  • Social Innovation Fund Ireland Core Criteria
    • The project must address a critical social issue
    • The project proposed must be innovative in an Irish context
    • The project must have potential and a desire to scale or replicate in Ireland (it may also have potential internationally, but this is not a requirement)
    • The project must provide evidence that it is up and running, or has been tested at least in a minimal way
    • The project must be based on the island of Ireland and make its main impact in the Republic of Ireland
    • Applicants must come from an entity that has a not-for-profit legal form e.g. company limited by guarantee, trust etc.
  • Equality Fund Criteria
    • Growth and mature stage projects will have an advantage. Innovative early stage projects will also be considered if supported by an established organisation.
    • Projects must be focused on supporting and enhancing equality for one or more of the following beneficiary groups;
      • LGBTI’s
      • Migrants
      • Prisoners/former offenders
      • Persons affected by gender-based violence

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Country: Ireland

For more information, please visit Equality Fund.

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