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Application woes

Been staring blankly at your application form for ages, wondering what on earth it is we’re asking you to write? You are not alone! While we do try our hardest to be clear (I promise), this is no easy task to accomplish considering all the information we need from you. It doesn’t help that the same language tends to be used across granting organisations, but with different meanings – leaving us all with headaches in the end.

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With that in mind, to try and give you a better understanding of what it is we mean when we use certain terms, we’ve done you up a little glossary here, and a case study showing the glossary words in action here.

Scared by the video portion of the application? Don’t be! We are honestly not looking for the next great film here; we just want to get a richer, more personal sense of who you are and what you’re doing. We know not everyone has done something like this before, so we’ve made you a five step guide to uploading video here, along with a sample video here, so you can get a better sense of what we’re asking of you.

Finally, bearing in mind that we here at SIFI have now read over 400(!) applications, we have some general pointers for you to keep in mind when you’re applying for any of our funds.

  • Go through the information & criteria on the page of the fund you’re applying for before you start
  • Answer the questions asked with clear, concise language
  • Keep the fund criteria in mind when answering the questions
  • Keep to the word count
  • Avoid copy-pasting answers from your website or previous applications (it shows!)
  • Answer questions on behalf of your project, not the applying organisation (where different)
  • Use research or pilot results to explain why your solution is needed
  • Use facts and figures
  • Use examples to further explain your answers
  • Cite your sources when using outside research*

*Citations are helpful when you’re making a claim, such as “98% of all dogs are illiterate.” Where did you get that figure from? Don’t assume that information you know will already be known by us. We don’t require any particular format for citations, linking to the article or paper the information is pulled from is perfect.

Still feeling confused? That’s okay! Get in touch with us at hello@socialinnovation.ie and we will do our best to help.

 

Application woes

Been staring blankly at your application form for ages, wondering what on earth it is we’re asking you to write? You are not alone! While we do try our hardest to be clear (I promise), this is no easy task to accomplish considering all the information we need from you. It doesn’t help that the … Continue reading Application woes

Education for all: Catalysing change through Education Innovation

Education for All: Catalysing change through Educational Innovation TCD conference, 6th October 2017 By Deirdre Mortell and Martina Von Richter What do we want? Education for all – inclusive, high standards, and ready for life! Education that helps us to create the Ireland we want to live and work in – prosperous, healthy, and with strong sustainable … Continue reading Education for all: Catalysing change through Education Innovation

Local Problems, Global Issues – SDGs and you.

What are the SDG’s Anyway? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as the Global Goals, are a set of 17 interconnected goals aimed at making the world a healthier, cleaner, and more equitable place for everyone. Spearheaded by the United Nations and unanimously adopted by the UN’s 193 Member States in 2015, the SDGs … Continue reading Local Problems, Global Issues – SDGs and you.

Start with ‘Measurement’ in mind

On January 5th, Day 1 of the THINKTECH Accelerator, our Awardees hit the reset button. A new year meant being open to new thinking. Everyone had committed to a number of technology based milestones to be completed by June so the pressure was on. Helen McBreen of Atlantic Bridge Ventures set the tone for the … Continue reading Start with ‘Measurement’ in mind

What is Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Education Fund?

Ireland is renowned for having one of the most highly educated workforces in Europe. Yet, the education system that delivers this is not without its faults, leading to regular media debates about whether it fit for purpose for the 21st century. It is clear that some groups of students are just not able to succeed … Continue reading What is Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Education Fund?

THINKTECH Winners Announced

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: “To be in a position to support and encourage innovative solutions to such fundamental social challenges is what good government is about.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill Four innovative projects which use technology to tackle chronic social issues like homelessness and food waste have been selected for Ireland’s first ever “thinktech” … Continue reading THINKTECH Winners Announced

Lessons from THINKTECH’S Workshop

Collage of Ws

From the time we opened the call for THINKTECH, our applicants have been eager to promote their projects to us. Having reached the final 11 of our selection process, we wanted to hold an event that would encourage finalists to start thinking about what they could get from the programme while having a little fun … Continue reading Lessons from THINKTECH’S Workshop

A few thoughts about Social Innovation in Ireland

As we approach the end of the THINKTECH screening stage, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on some of the application trends we’ve noticed and what this means for the Social Innovation sector in Ireland moving forward. Data, data, data…. The standard of application writing for THINKTECH was high. In many ways the application … Continue reading A few thoughts about Social Innovation in Ireland