WHAT IS THE ENGAGE & EDUCATE FUND?
The Engage & Educate Fund is a €150,000 awards fund created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with Mason Hayes & Curran and 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.
The Engage & Educate Fund is open to projects that empower people through education to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their community. The objective of the fund is to find and back innovative projects that empower people through education with a focus on tackling the disabling effects on human potential of disadvantage, disability or migrant status.
The Engage & Educate Fund 2018 is closed for applications. The winners will be announced in June 2018.
WHAT DOES THE FUND OFFER?
- A share of €150,000 fund, including both cash grant and business supports shared between 4 or 5 projects
- Access to an Accelerator Programme from July to December 2018. The programme will be made up of bespoke supports such as mentoring, assistance with strategic planning, and expertise on how to maximise impact
WHAT KIND OF PROJECT IS THE FUND LOOKING FOR?
The Engage & Educate Fund is open to projects that empower people through education to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their 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 and physical education for adults, young people and/or children.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate how their project impacts upon the lives of their participants and their local communities. Projects should have tangible educational outcomes e.g. certification.
Applicants must meet Social Innovation Fund Ireland standard criteria and specific criteria for the Engage & Educate Fund 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
PROJECTS THAT CAN DEMONSTRATE THREE OF THE FOLLOWING WILL HAVE AN ADVANTAGE
- Educational certification on completion of the project’s programme
- Focus on students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, including Travellers
- Focus on students with disabilities (intellectual, mental health, physical)
- Focus on students from migrant backgrounds
- Employ an evidenced based holistic approach – whole school, parent, community involvement
- Have a research and evaluation component
- Have a numeracy or literacy component
HOW DO I APPLY?
The Engage & Educate application form is available on its dedicated page here.
HOW LONG IS THE FUND OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS?
The Engage & Educate Fund is open for applications from Wednesday 31st January 2018 until Friday 23rd March 2018 at 5pm.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF APPLICANTS?
Applicants are expected to be available for interviews on from Monday 16th April – Friday 20th April 2018 at our office in Dublin.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF AWARDEES?
Awardees will be expected to participate in an accelerator programme from July to December 2018. It is expected a minimum of 2 days per week will be devoted to working on your awarded project.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I upload a video link to my application?
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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, buildings or equipment (capital expenses).
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: Open call for applications 31st January 2018 – 16th March 2018
- Stage 2: Selection process – internal and external review
- Stage 3: Interviews (16th April – 20th April 2018)
- Stage 4: Final due diligence
- Stage 5: Decision by Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Board
- Stage 6: Announce Awardees (June 2018)
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
- Mason Hayes & Curran staff, Directors and their family members are excluded from applying
- Clients of Mason Hayes & Curran are not excluded from applying but must declare relationship at time of application
*Immediate family members include sibling, parent, spouse or civil partner or child.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THE FUND
By applying for the Engage & 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
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