St. Stephen's Green Trust General Grant Round Opens

Applications have now opened for the St Stephen's Green Trust General Grant - it will be the only round in 2016. 

The 2016 General Grant Scheme will focus on:

  • Prisoners / Ex-prisoners: The Trust is interested in organisations working with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.  The Trust will consider progressive initiatives focused on new approaches for: alternatives to custody; in-prison supports; out-of-the-gate supports; the availability of options to integrate the ex-prisoner back into society and initiatives working with prisoners’ families.  Projects should include reflection and social analysis in the application, which allows the organisation to demonstrate what works or doesn’t work.  Information gathered should be used to influence policy development and to effect change with some of the more difficult issues facing prisoners/ex-prisoners and their families. Development projects or start-up initiatives need to have a clear basis for financial sustainability in future years.
  • Travellers: The Trust recognises the multiple layers of disadvantage and racism experienced by Travellers in Irish society.  1) The Trust has a particular interest in locally-based projects seeking to increase the participation of male Travellers in the development of their own community, including initiatives breaking new ground in the area of family support, culturally-appropriate employment initiatives and personal development.  2) The Trust is also interested in initiatives which improve literacy levels and educational progression.  3) Mental health projects are also of interest.  The Trust particularly encourages fresh thinking around enduring issues and applications should include a pathway to sharing the learning at all levels. 
  • Homelessness: In 2016, the Trust is encouraging applications from organisations seeking to find new solutions to the current crisis in homelessness and disseminating what works.  Areas which will be considered by the Trustees include social analysis, policy development and interventions which will contribute to long term solutions to the current crisis.  The Trust will not fund service provision which doesn’t have a specific focus on these elements.

Funding Offered

  • The Trust will consider project or core costs.  If core costs are being requested, the applicant will need to make a case for sustaining these costs in future years.
  • The Trust is open to considering applications for multi-annual funding (up to 2 years) subject to satisfactory progress reports and availability of funds.  Multi-annual funding applications have to have a clear rationale for funding over the 2 years, with a clearly defined outcome which includes evaluation and a pathway towards positive social change through analysis and dissemination. Multiannual grants are usually made on a sliding scale.
  • Maximum grants will be in the region of €15,000 per annum. 
  • The Trust accepts applications from voluntary or community organisations,with a CHY or XR number.  If the organisation is not eligible to become a registered charity, it is unlikely we will fund it.  Community Interest Companies (NI only) or social enterprises ineligible for charity status are not eligible for grants from the St Stephen’s Green Trust.   
  •  In 2016, the Trust is only inviting applications from organisations with annual income below €500,000.  If you are not sure about your organisation, please check with the Trust before applying.  

Learn More

Initial deadline: 29 Jan 2016

To read the full guidelines, including the two step process for applying, please download the guidelines / application form document here.

For queries in relation to the SSGT General Grant Scheme please contact: Orla O’Neill, Grants & Development Director, PO Box 950, Newbridge, Co Kildare

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