Engage & Educate Fund 2017


Social Innovation Fund Ireland with support from Mason Hayes & Curran & the Irish Government believe that education can be a powerful tool.  However, some people can be restricted from accessing education, which can hinder them from reaching their potential and contributing fully to society.

The Engage and Educate Fund is open to projects that empower people through education, to achieve their full potential and to contribute to community. Projects that focus on people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people with migrant status are encouraged to apply. Project activities can also include adult education & physical education for adults and/or children and young people.

No Repro Fee. Engage and Educate fund launched to help disadvantaged, one step at a time.  Mithran Tharmendran age 5 (lwft) with Verseandran Tharmendran aged 6 and Isabella Keogh  age 7 pictured at the launch of a €450,000 Engage and Educate Fund. The new fund is calling for applications for community projects across the country to change Ireland one step at a time. The Fund will provide grants to innovative education initiatives that focus on offering an opportunity to those who are disadvantaged, have a disability or are of migrant status and will allow people to achieve their full potential and contribute to community. The €45o,000 Fund is a three year commitment between Mason, Hayes and Curran, Social Innovation Fund Ireland and the Irish Government. Each year €150,000 in funding will be available to be shared between 4 or 5 successful applicants.   Applications for this year can be made until 5th April 2017 through the Social Innovation Fund Ireland website.  www.socialinnovation.ie/engage-and-educate for more information Pic. Robbie Reynolds


On June 27th Minister Richard Bruton announced the winners of the Engage and Educate Fund at the offices of Mason Hayes & Curran. Find out more about their wonderful projects below.

Blossom Gateway

Blossom Gateway is a service for teenagers with an intellectual disability that aims to assist in preparing for life after School. Through a series of focus groups aimed at parents and teenagers Blossom Ireland asked the question ‘what type of a service do you need at this point in time?’ Several very clear themes emerged and these formed the basis of the Gateway Programme.

More info about Blossom Gateway

Intercultural Language Service

Intercultural Language Service provides a flexible ‘drop-in model’ that assesses, supports and empowers socially-excluded adult migrants, who otherwise have no access to education, to improve their English to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) levels B1/B2. This level means that a person has enough English to actively participate in society.

More info about Intercultural Language Service

Ready Steady Circus

Ready Steady Circus! was founded by the Galway Community Circus and is a ten-week Galway based programme that uses circus arts as an alternative method of education for students in DEIS primary schools. The project aims to use a circus arts model to stimulate student and teacher learning whilst also promoting key life skills.

More info about Ready Steady Circus!

Resilience Academy

Resilience Academy is a six-week school-based programme developed by Pieta House, that builds skills in resilience with second year students at secondary school. Facilitators work with the same cohort for the duration of the programme to build up a rapport with students and increase the likelihood of students confiding in them or simply asking questions.

More info about Resilience Academy