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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.

 

Trends of THINKTECH Applications

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On 31st July 2016 the call for applications closed for THINKTECH, this date also marked the beginning of the selection process – the most exciting time of year for us at Social Innovation Fund Ireland.  During this process, we get our first introduction to many projects and gain insights into the great work being done … Continue reading Trends of THINKTECH Applications

Learnings from THINKTECH Talks

THINKTECH Dublin Talk on July 7th

As we approach the THINKTECH Call for Applications deadline, it seems fitting to look back on the 5 short weeks since the amazing Launch at Google Foundry on June 21st, and Minister Coveney’s call to action for the social innovation sector. He called on everyone in the room and all innovators to ‘make this a success’ … Continue reading Learnings from THINKTECH Talks

Why THINKTECH Talks?

We were delighted and honoured when Minister Simon Coveney T.D. launched THINKTECH at Google Foundry on June 21st. He spoke passionately about his hope that this programme could become the catalyst for a thriving social innovation system. A system that will become the best in the world for scaling ideas to making real, measurable change … Continue reading Why THINKTECH Talks?

THINKTECH launched 21 June 2016 by Minister Simon Coveney T.D.

The official launch of THINKTECH,  a 1 million euro project to support and grow ideas for a better Ireland.Created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland with support from Google.org, and the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, the unique THINKTECH challenge will identify innovative ideas that use technology to create positive social impact in IrelandPhoto Chris Bellew / Copyright Fennell Photography 2016

Minister Simon Coveney T.D. Launches €1 million THINKTECH initiative to use technology for social good in Ireland 21st June 2016: THINKTECH, a €1 million project to support and grow ideas for a better Ireland, was today officially launched at Google Foundry by Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government, Simon Coveney, T.D.  Created by Social … Continue reading THINKTECH launched 21 June 2016 by Minister Simon Coveney T.D.

Deirdre Mortell, CEO, on THINKTECH, Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s newest programme

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  In the first of our Video Blog series, Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Social Innovation Fund Ireland, explains our newest Programme THINKTECH. THINKTECH is a €1 Million fund to support and grow ideas for a better Ireland. Created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland with support from Google.org and the Irish Government. It identifies ideas that … Continue reading Deirdre Mortell, CEO, on THINKTECH, Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s newest programme

Social Innovation Fund is included in the Programme for Government as Animate closes with a Showcase & Pitching event

  Animate, Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s first programme, and Ireland’s first Non Profit Accelerator concluded with a Showcase & Pitching event on 18th May 2016 at The Irish Architectural Archive on Merrion Square in Dublin. The event was co-hosted by Philanthropy Ireland and Social Innovation Fund Ireland. Having participated in a four month long programme … Continue reading Social Innovation Fund is included in the Programme for Government as Animate closes with a Showcase & Pitching event

The issues at the heart of 1916 are still relevant in today’s Ireland

The decade with 1916 at its heart was shaped by citizen action and the mobilisation of the Irish people. The cultural and social movements of the early 20th Century, like the social innovations and enterprises of today, were driven by a desire to address the critical social, economic, cultural and political issues of the day, … Continue reading The issues at the heart of 1916 are still relevant in today’s Ireland

Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Launch and Awardee showcase

On Wednesday, January 27th 2016, together with An Taoiseach, we will mark the launch of Social Innovation Fund Ireland, and showcase our first four Awardees. A strong field of social innovations It sounds so simple “showcase our first four Awardees”. The simplicity of this statement masks enormous depth and complexity in order to choose just … Continue reading Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Launch and Awardee showcase