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Should I Apply to the Resilient Communities Fund?

Thinking about applying for our Resilient Communities Fund but not sure whether your project would be a good fit? It’s a fair question – obviously these kinds of applications can be quite time consuming, and we know how busy you all are! Unfortunately we don’t have a way at this time of knowing whether you’ll win (where did we put that crystal ball…), but hopefully this will help you work towards your own understanding of whether it’s worth your time to apply.

To begin, take a good look at the fund page, particularly at the kind of projects we are looking for, the fund criteria, and the eligibility guidelines. If you meet our eligibility standards and can show us through your application that your project fits well within all of our standard criteria, that is a really good start. From there, the more advantageous criteria you can demonstrate, the better your chances of success will be. Finally, remember that your chances of winning will also ultimately depend on the content and quality of the other applications we receive – and we expect there will be some high-quality, well-established projects in that stack.

ADVANTAGEOUS CRITERIA

While most of the advantageous criteria listed is pretty straightforward, we have had a few questions on “projects that can demonstrate economic, social and environmental impacts.” So what does that mean? Well, we like to view the social, the environmental, and the economic aspects as the three “pillars” holding up community resilience. While your project doesn’t have to address all three pillars in order to be considered, you should weigh in how many pillars you do have, and how strong they are, when thinking about whether you should apply. How would your project compare to others that are able to demonstrate two or even three pillars?

Pillars of Community Resilience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some international examples to give you a sense of how we would categorise projects in terms of pillars:

Social & Environmental

STREAT

Environmental & Economic

Worn Again

Economic & Social

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Environmental, Social & Economic

FoodCycleLittle Yellow BirdLittle Blue Towels

QUESTIONS?

Hopefully that was helpful (and didn’t leave you feeling more confused). If you have more questions please get in touch at hello@socialinnovation.ie – we’re always happy to chat things through with you.

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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

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