Engage and Educate Fund

WHAT IS THE ENGAGE AND EDUCATE FUND?

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. Visit  www.socialinnovation.ie/engage-and-educate for more information Pic. Robbie Reynolds
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. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

WHAT DOES THE FuND OFFER?

The Engage & Educate Fund offers

  • A share of €150,000 fund, including both cash grant and non-financial supports, shared between 4 or 5 projects
  • 2/ 3 month bespoke programme ( activities may including mentoring and growth planning)

WHAT KIND OF PROJECT IS THE FUND LOOKING FOR?

Applicants should be able to demonstrate how their project impacts upon the lives of their participants & their local communities.

Applications are likely to come from charities, voluntary organisations, schools, higher education institutions and other not for profits.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS WILL BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE

Applicants must meet Social Innovation Fund Ireland standard criteria and specific criteria for the Engage and Educate Fund listed below.

SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND IRELAND STANDARD CRITERIA

  • The project must address a critical social issue – in this case educational disadvantage
  • The solution proposed must be innovative in an Irish context.
  • The solution 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 solution must provide evidence that it is up and running, or have been tested at least in a minimal way.
  • That it is based on the island of Ireland and will 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 or higher education institutes. 

Projects that can demonstrate they incorporate 3 of the below list will have an advantage 

  • Focus on students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, including travellers
  • Focus on students with disabilities (intellectual, mental health, physical)
  • Focus on students from a migrant background
  • Employs a holistic approach – whole school, parent, community involvement
  • Involves target groups in the project design
  • A research & evaluation component
  • Clear short term & medium goals
  • A numeracy or literacy component

WHO CAN APPLY?

The Engage and Educate Fund is open to projects that empower people through education to positively impact their wider communities. Projects that focus on people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people with migrant status are encouraged to apply. Projects can also include adult education & physical education for adults and/or children.

The  Engage and Educate Fund will accept applications from;

  • Not for Profits
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Charities
  • Schools
  • Higher Education Institutes

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

The Engage and Educate application form is available on its dedicated page here

HOW LONG IS THE FUND OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS?

The Engage and Educate Fund is open for applications from February 27th 2017 until 5th April 2017.

 

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF Applicants?

Applicants are expected to be available for interviews on  April 18th ,19th  or 20th 2017.

 

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF AWARDEES

Awardees will be expected to:

Fully participate in a 2/ 3 month bespoke programme.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What exactly does the Engage and Educate Fund offer?

A share of €150,000 fund, including both cash grant and non-financial supports, shared between 4 or 5 projects

2/3 month bespoke programme to position awardees for growth.

How many Awards will be made?

It is estimated there will be 4 or 5 Awards.

What can the Awardee spend the cash grant on?

The cash grant must be spent on the project which won the Award. The specific use of the cash grant will be agreed between Social Innovation Fund Ireland and the Awardee.

Cash grants may not be used to pay off debts or purchase land or buildings.

Who will decide who wins the Awards?

Final decisions are made by the Board of Social Innovation Fund Ireland.

What is the selection process?

  • Stage 1: Open Call for Applications  27th February 2016 –  5th April 2017
  • Stage 2: Selection Process – internal & external review
  • Stage 3: Interviews (Apr 18th – Apr 20th)
  • Stage 4: Final due diligence on recommended applicants
  • Stage 5: Decision by Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Board
  • Stage 6: Announce Winners

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 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. school, charity, or social enterprise.
  • Social Innovation Fund Ireland staff, Directors and their family members* are excluded from applying.

*Immediate family members include sibling, parent, spouse or civil partner or child. 

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THE Fund 

By applying for the Engage and Educate Fund, all applicants have agreed to the Terms & Conditions.

– 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: eoghan@socialinnovation.ie with any questions. 

 
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