Children and Youth Education Fund

WHAT IS THE CHILDREn and Youth Education FUND?

The Children and 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 Children and Youth Education Fund, we are aiming to improve access to higher and further education for students (including the full primary school cycle and up to the age of 25) who are 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.

FUND Objective 

Education largely determines the opportunities afforded to people throughout their lives. Those who leave education without qualifications are hindered in their ability to find well-paying jobs, and as a result are more at risk of poverty.

We are calling out to innovative projects or programmes in Ireland that:

  • Improve the retention of youth learners up to age 25 who are affected by disadvantage or disability at level 1 to 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or equivalent accredited programmes/courses,
  • Demonstrate movement of learners along the NFQ ladder or equivalent.

The Children and Youth Education Fund aims to have wide impact and will contribute to Ireland’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

WHAT DOES THE FUND OFFER?

  • 50% uplift on funds raised by applicants (applicants must provide evidence to verify that 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

Funding Requirements

Successful applicants are asked to provide evidence to verify the private funding they have secured. We require a minimum of €20,000 private funding per year with a Donor Letter of Commitment over a minimum period of 2 years (Sample Donor Letter of Commitment):

How the funding process works:

  • These private funds are paid to Social Innovation Fund Ireland annually
  • Social Innovation Fund Ireland provides evidence of committed donor funds to Government
  • Government releases funding to Social Innovation Fund Ireland
  • Following this, Social Innovation Fund Ireland provides an uplift of 50% on the donor funds and makes a grant to successful applicant

Example: Applicant has raised €60,000 in private funds over 3 years (€20,000 per year).

Secured donor funds

Children and Youth Education Fund uplift

Applicant donor funds per year

No. of years

Total donor funds

SIFI Uplift (50%) per year

SIFI total uplift for 3 years  

Total funds (Including donor and SIFI uplift) over 3 years

€20,000

3

€60,00

€10,000

€30,000

€90,000

The Children and Youth Education Fund provides a total uplift to the €60,000 of €30,000, making a total fund of €90,000. This €90,000 is paid over the 3 years at €30,000 p.a (€20,000 donor funds and €10,000 SIFI uplift).

WHAT KIND OF PROJECT IS THE FUND LOOKING FOR?

Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they improve the retention of children and youth learners up to age 25 who are affected by disadvantage or disability at NFQ levels 1 to 8 equivalent, moving them up the NFQ ladder.

All applicants should have a strong evidence base for their project and have an evaluation or assessment component.

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate that they have raised private or philanthropic funding for the period proposed, and that the programme cannot be carried out without the match funding of SIFI.

WHAT organisations are eligible?

Applicants must have not-for-profit legal status to be considered for the Children and Youth Education Fund. For example: charity, company limited by guarantee, trust etc…

Projects applying to the Children and Youth Education Fund must meet the standard SIFI and Children and Youth Education Fund core criteria listed below:

SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND IRELAND STANDARD CRITERIA

  • The project must address a critical social issue – in this case educational disadvantage
  • The project proposed must be innovative in an Irish context
  • The project must have potential and a desire to scale or replicate in Ireland (it may also have potential internationally, but this is not a requirement)
  • The project must provide evidence that it is up and running, or has been tested at least in a minimal way
  • The project must be based on the island of Ireland and make its main impact in the Republic of Ireland
  • Applicants must come from an entity that has a not-for-profit legal form e.g. school, charity, social enterprise, voluntary organisation or Higher Education Institution

Children and youth fund core criteria

  • Projects that are focused on the retention of youth learners up to age 25 (including the full primary school cycle) who are affected by disadvantage or disability (learning, intellectual or physical), leading to awards at level 1 to 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or equivalent accredited programmes/courses*
  • Projects that can demonstrate progression of learners within the NFQ or to equivalent accredited programmes and thereby improving access to further and higher education and training
  • Projects that have secured a minimum of €20,000 per year for 2 years in private pledged donations

*Projects that mainly focus on this age group but also include adult learners up to the age of 30 (as a smaller group) are also welcome to apply.

Please note: Projects with a focus on providing scholarships are excluded from applying to this fund.

Children and youth fund ADVANTAGeous criteria 

  • Projects with a research or evaluation component
  • Projects with a proposed 3-5-year duration with funding secured for this time frame.
  • Projects that seek to fill in the gaps of numeracy and literacy
  • Where projects work with schools, projects that extend beyond the standard curriculum – for example through arts, 21st century skills or sustainable development goals education
  • Projects that enhance students’ capacities for STEAM subjects
  • Where projects work with a school or group, projects that employ a holistic / multidisciplinary approach – whole school, community and/or parental involvement
  • Projects that include attainable and measurable outcomes and impact in relation to learners’ progression.

HOW DO I APPLY?

The Children and Youth Education Fund’s application form is available on its dedicated page here.

HOW LONG IS THE FUND OPEN fOR APPLICATIONS?

The Children and Youth Education Fund is open for applications from 21st January 2019 to 17th May 2019.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF APPLICANTS?

Applicants are expected to be available for interviews between the 17th June – 28th June 2019

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF AWARDEES?

Awardees will be expected to:

  • Complete progress reports on their activities (up to four per year)
  • Submit an annual report on project outcomes
  • Attend training workshops and showcase event
  • Participate in impact measurement training 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many awards will be made?

The number of awards will be dependent upon the quality of applicants.

What can the Awardee spend the funds on?

The funds must be spent on the project that won the award. The specific use of the funds will be agreed between Social Innovation Fund Ireland and the Awardee.

Who will decide who wins the Awards?

The selection process is outlined below. Final decisions will be made by the Board of Social Innovation Fund Ireland.

What is the selection process?

  • Stage 1: 21st of January 2019 – 17th of May 2019 – Call for Applications
  • Stage 2: May / June 2019 – Review by an Expert Advisory Group
  • Stage 3: 17th June-28th June 2019 – Interviews
  • Stage 4: July – August 2019 – Final due diligence on recommended candidates
  • Stage 5: September 2019 – Decision by Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Board

How do applicants find out where they are in the selection process?

All applicants will be informed by telephone or email.

What projects are not eligible?

  • Projects seeking funds for scholarships
  • Projects seeking funding for capital items – buildings, vans, etc.
  • Research projects
  • Party political projects
  • Projects that do not provide a benefit to people or the environment e.g. projects that benefit animals only
  • Projects that screen beneficiaries in or out by faith or religious denomination
  • Projects where the main impact is outside Republic of Ireland
  • Projects that are an idea (only) and that have not yet started

What applicants are not eligible?

  • Applicants must be over 18 years old.
  • Applications must come from an entity that has a not for profit legal form e.g. a company limited by guarantee, school or charity. For profit entities are excluded.
  • Social Innovation Fund Ireland staff, directors and their immediate family members*, are excluded from applying.

* Immediate family member includes sibling, parent, spouse or civil partner, or child.

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THE FUND

By applying for the Children and Youth Education Fund, all applicants have agreed to the  Terms & Conditions.  Please ensure you have read and understood the Terms & Conditions before beginning your application.

  • Social Innovation Fund Ireland will retain 50% of the match uplift from Government for administrative project management, and programme costs
  • All applicants warrant that they are over 18 years of age.
  • All applicants warrant that they have engaged fully and truthfully with the application process and will engage fully and truthfully with the selection process. This includes providing full and accurate information, both written and verbal, at all stages of the process.
  • All applicants warrant that they are eligible to apply.
  • All applicants warrant that they have the right to apply. This means that they hold the necessary rights to carry out the project

Please contact hello@socialinnovation.ie with any questions.