Social Innovation Fund Ireland: Apply for Animate Fund 2017 Awarding Innovations across Ireland

Deadline: 7 July 2017

Social Innovation Fund Ireland and Medtronic are currently accepting applications for its Animate fund 2017, that provides grants and supports to early stage projects or organisations that have come up with clever ideas to address health and social issues in their community.

This year the Animate Fund will have two elements, the first will seek out early stage innovations that have smart responses to general community issues such as poverty, educational disadvantage etc. The second element will have a specific focus on community health with the new Healthy Community Awards which is proudly supported by Medtronic.

Animate is a commitment between Social Innovation Fund Ireland, Medtronic and the Irish Government with €220,000 in funding available to be shared between 11 successful applicants this year.

Funding Information

The Animate Fund offers:

  • A share of €220,000 fund, including both cash grant and non-financial supports, shared between 11 projects. (€10,000 cash and €10,000 non-financial supports such as mentoring, growth planning)
  • 3 to 4 month programme including bespoke mentoring and growth planning.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Animate Fund supports early stage innovation, projects or organisations to help them advance to the next stage of their development. It is intended that by the end of each Awardee’s involvement with the programme, they will be ready for the next stage of social finance or philanthropic investment.
  • The Animate Fund will accept applications from:
    • Not for Profits
    • Voluntary Organisations
    • Charities
    • Social Enterprises
  • Previous recipients of Medtronic or Covidian funding are not eligible to apply for this Fund.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate how their project impacts upon the lives of their participants & their local communities.
  • Applicants for the Healthy Community Awards should be focused on improving Health outcomes (including, Physical Health, Mental Health,  Addiction etc)
  • Applications are likely to come from charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises and other not for profits.
  • Applicants must meet Social Innovation Fund Ireland standard criteria and specific criteria for the Animate Fund listed below:
  • The project must address a critical social issue – in the case of the Healthy Communities Award – health issues
  • The solution proposed must be innovative in an Irish context.
  • The solution 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 solution must provide evidence that it is up and running, or have been tested at least in a minimal way.
  • That it is based on the island of Ireland and will 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. charity, social enterprise, voluntary organisations etc.
  • The project has the potential to create jobs
  • Projects that focus on community health initiatives
  • Projects that focus on underserved communities
  • Projects that can illustrate how their project addresses SDG3 health objectives

How to Apply

Interested applicants must fill an application form available on the given website.

Eligible Country: Ireland

For more information, please visit Animate Fund 2017.

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