3 Social Innovation Fund Programmes Close to Applications in May

Created by Government to fill the gap on funding innovation in the nonprofit sector, the Social Innovation Fund has three programmes open for applications at present (all closing in May).
 

Equality Fund

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. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
 
This fund has been created with the vision of providing 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 committed to equality for all. The initial focus of the fund is to find and back innovative projects that focus on supporting and strengthening equality for LGBTI persons, migrants, prisoners and former offenders, and persons affected by gender-based violence. 
 
What does the Fund offer?
 
  • A €300,000 fund shared between 3 to 4 projects (This includes cash grants of up to €70,000 per project)
  • A place on the Accelerator programme from January to June 2019. The programme, which is designed to sustain and grow your project, will be made up of bespoke supports such as mentoring, assistance with strategic planning, and expertise on maximising your impact.
Deadline:18 May 2018
 
 

Youth Education Fund

The Youth Education Fund has been created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
 
Through the Youth Education Fund, we are aiming to improve access to higher and further education for students (up to age 25) affected by disability or disadvantage.
 
As part of the application requirements, we are asking applicants to demonstrate that they have secured private or philanthropic funding for the duration of this fund. If the applicant is successful, we will match their donation by providing a 50% uplift on their funds, as well as delivering other supports such as training,impact measurement and capacity building.
 
What does the Fund offer?
 
  • 50% uplift on funds raised by applicants (applicants must provide evidence to verify the private funding has been secured)
  • Peer to peer networking and knowledge sharing
  • Training workshops
  • Impact measurement
  • A platform for awardees to showcase their work at an awards event.
Deadline: 18 May 2018
 
 

Youth Mental Health Fund

The Youth Mental Health Fund has been created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
 
Through the Youth Mental Health Fund, we aim to provide meaningful, lasting support to innovative mental health programmes and initiatives that reach out to young people before and during the societal, academic, physical, and emotional pressures of early adolescence and early adulthood.
 
As part of the application for this fund, we are asking applicants to demonstrate that they have secured private or philanthropic funding for the duration of their project. If the applicant is successful, we will match their donation by providing a 50% uplift on their funds, as well as delivering other supports such as training, impact measurement and capacity building.
 
What does the fund offer?
 
  • 50% uplift on funds raised by applicants (applicants must provide evidence to verify the private funding has been secured)
  • Peer to peer networking and knowledge sharing
  • Training workshops
  • Impact measurement
  • A platform for awardees to showcase their work at an awards event.
Deadline: 18 May 2018