WHAT IS THE CHILDREn and Youth Mental Health FUND?
The Children and Youth Mental Health 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 Mental Health Fund, we aim to provide meaningful, lasting support to innovative mental health programmes and initiatives that reach out to children and young people before and during the societal, academic, physical, and emotional pressures of early adolescence and early adulthood.
As part of the application for this fund, we are asking applicants to demonstrate that they have secured private or philanthropic funding for the duration of their project. 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.
Mental health is increasingly being recognised as an important health issue in Ireland. It is estimated poor mental health will affect one in four people over the course of their lives, with the onset often starting in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. The development of poor mental health in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood can have devastating impacts that may last over the course of a person’s lifetime. By promoting mental, emotional and social wellbeing, we can enable children and young people to fulfil their potential and cope with the challenges faced during this critical development period.
The objective of the Children and Youth Mental Health Fund is to provide meaningful, lasting support to innovative mental health programmes and initiatives that reach out to children and young people before and during the societal, academic, physical, and emotional pressures of early adolescence, adolescence and early adulthood. The fund is open to all innovative projects offering either preventive supports or interventions for children and young people and their mental health.
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
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 Mental Health 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
The Children and Youth Mental Health 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 capacity of those up to age 25 to cope with mental health challenges and difficulties. These projects may be preventative initiatives, group or one to one interventions or tailored projects that reflect the specific requirements/needs of their target group(s).
All applicants should have a strong evidence base for their project and have an evaluation or assessment component (at least commenced).
Applicants should also be able to provide evidence that they have raised private or philanthropic funding for the period proposed and demonstrate what SIFI funding would enable them to achieve.
WHAT KIND OF Organisations are ELIGIBLE?
Applicants must have not-for-profit legal status to be considered for the Children and Youth Mental Health Fund. For example: charity, company limited by guarantee, trust etc…
Projects applying to the Children and Youth Mental Health Fund must meet the standard SIFI and Children and Youth Mental Health Fund core criteria listed below:
SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND IRELAND STANDARD CRITERIA
- The project must address a critical social issue – in this case mental health for children and young people
- 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
- The project must focus on children (in primary school), young adolescents, adolescents and young people up to the age of 25.
- The project must use the most up to date evidence-based approaches such as best practices from internationally accredited programmes
- The project must have a research or evaluation component, for example it must have built in an assessment or evaluation of impact from the start (including the use of direct feedback from young people)
- The project must have secured a minimum of €20,000 per year for 2 years in private pledged donations.
Children and youth fund ADVANTAGeous criteria
- Projects that work on awareness, prevention and skills training such as empathy, compassion, resilience (coping with failure and disappointment), sense of belonging, etc
- Projects that use “practice rather than preach” and 21st century teaching models, such as youth led workshops, civic engagement models and other active experiential learning methods
- Projects that promote the development and implementation of appropriate professional mental health training for educators as a means of increasing capacity and confidence to identify and support young people with mental health issues
- Projects targeting children, young people and groups at high risk of mental health issues e.g LGBTQ young people, early school leavers, Traveller children and young people, etc.)
- Projects that demonstrate partnerships with other existing organisations (national or international)
- Projects that employ a holistic approach – school-wide approach, community and/or parental involvement
HOW DO I APPLY?
This Fund is no longer open for applications.
HOW LONG IS THE FUND OPEN fOR APPLICATIONS?
The Children and Youth Mental Health 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.
Funds may not be used to pay off debts or purchase capital items such as land, equipment, renovations or buildings.
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.
Can Social Innovation Fund Ireland Awardees apply to this Fund?
Social Innovation Fund Ireland Awardees are eligible to apply to this Fund but must note that:
- The same project cannot take part in two Accelerator programmes at once
- The same project cannot take part in a Game-changer and Accelerator programme at once
- Previous projects who have already taken part in an Accelerator / Game-changer programme must be able to demonstrate how another programme will add value to their project/organisation
- Previous Awardees must have spent their full grant before any further applications can be considered
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THE FUND
By applying for the Children and Youth Mental Health 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
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