WHAT IS THE EDUCATION FUND?
Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Education Fund was open to projects focused on improving educational outcomes for those experiencing educational disadvantage. Educational disadvantage that arises from living in a disadvantaged area, socio-economic disadvantage, experiencing mental health or other health issues, or disability are all relevant to this Fund.
Education and related qualifications determine to a large extent the life chances of people. 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. The number of people with educational disadvantage achieving accreditations to QQI level 6, or higher, is disproportionately low when compared with the national norm, despite many Government and other initiatives to combat this. Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s goal via the Education Fund is to improve access to 3rd level education for students affected by disability or disadvantage, through improved educational attainment.
The Education Fund closed for applications at the end of February 2017.
2017 EDUCATION FUND AWARD WINNERS