Submitting your application to Social Innovation Fund of Ireland (“SIFI”) shall be deemed to be a full and unconditional acceptance by you and your organisation of these Grant Application Terms & Conditions, our Privacy Statement located at, and any additional terms and conditions we publish on our website from time to time, (collectively, the “Agreement”) and consent to be involved in the Fund application process. Failure to adhere to the Agreement may result in disqualification from the application process and/or forfeiture of the award.


The Fund consists of a combination of discretionary cash grants and related non-financial support. All applicants acknowledge that there may be more than one successful grant awardee organisation in which case each of them will share a portion of the total Fund.


3.1 The Fund will accept applications from eligible not-for-profit legal forms, including: 

  1. Companies Limited by Guarantee;
  2. Charities;
  3. Trusts; or
  4. Foundations

3.2 Applications for, and directed toward, the following aims, objectives and purposes are eligible for the Fund:

  1. the applicant’s project must address a critical social issue;
  2. the solution proposed by the applicant must be innovative in an Irish context; and
  3. the applicant’s solution must have potential and a desire to scale or replicate in Ireland.

3.3 A Fund applicant must submit its application online via the WizeHive portal linked on the Fund page at ie. Hard copies and other formats will not be considered. You agree that all Submitted Information that is uploaded to SIFI’s website or otherwise sent to SIFI will be free from any virus’, malware, spying software or any similar electronic program that is capable of causing harm to another’s system or breaching privacy laws. Further Terms and Conditions are located on the WizeHive platform.

3.4 Deadlines for applications are available on the Fund page at ie. SIFI accepts no responsibility for applications that are submitted incorrectly, lost, mislaid or delayed, regardless of cause. Any submission made or received after the deadline will not be accepted.

3.5 All Fund applicants must be over 18 years old. SIFI and Fund Partner staff, directors and their family members are not eligible make an application to the Fund. Family members include sibling, parent, spouse or civil partner or child.

3.6 By submitting an application to the Fund you represent and warrant that you have engaged fully and truthfully with the application process and you and your organisation shall 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. Information provided in an application which, on verification, is found to be false, misleading or otherwise misrepresentative shall entitle SIFI to disqualify the applicant.

3.7 Each Fund applicant hereby grants SIFI a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual and transferable licence to use, reproduce, distribute and display all information, materials and media that is submitted to SIFI in connection with the organisation’s application to the Fund or in connection with the award application process. Applicants are solely responsible for ensuring that they hold the required intellectual property rights in their submissions or, to the extent that this is not the case, have obtained the necessary permissions to submit and grant the licence in this clause 3.7. See section 5.1 for further information on how we share your personal data.


4.1 If you choose, or you are provided with, a user account, identification code, password, or any other piece of information as part of SIFI’s verification and security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential, and must not disclose it to any third party. SIFI has the right to disable any user account, identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of this Agreement.

5 submitted information

5.1 All information, materials and media, including personal data, which is submitted to SIFI in connection with your organisation’s application to the Fund or in connection with the Fund application process (“Submitted Information”) will be held and processed by SIFI. Submitted Information will be shared with third parties involved with the selection process for the administration of the application process and/or the allocation of grants, and for the purposes set out or referred to in our Privacy Statement. Please see our Privacy Statement for full details.

5.2 If any Submitted Information contains personal data of other individuals, you represent and warrant explicitly that all of them have given their consent in the processing of their personal data by SIFI.

5.3 An applicant may notify SIFI in accordance with our Privacy Statement if they wish to correct or delete any of Submitted Information that we hold about them.

6 Assessment, interviews and awardees

6.1 All eligible applications to the Fund will initially be reviewed, graded and shortlisted by members of the SIFI Board of Directors (“Directors”) and other SIFI staff.

6.2 Applicants may be requested by SIFI to attend an interview as part of the Fund application process. Failure to attend this interview when requested may result in elimination from the selection process. If selected for interview, Submitted Information will be shared with an expert panel of judges appointed by the Directors for the purposes of interview and assessment.

6.3 Following the interview stage the Directors will chose one or more successful grant awardee organisation(s). In coming to their decision, the Directors may take into consideration any recommendations provided at the interview stage by the panel of judges.

6.4 The Directors’ decision at each stage of the Fund application and award process is final and no correspondence, communication or deliberation will be entered into as to the finality of the Directors’ decision. The Directors’ reserve the right to reject an application to the Fund for any reason or no reason at all.

6.5 The SIFI Fund manager may, but is not obligated to, offer verbal feedback of a general nature to unsuccessful applicants.

6.6 In the case of any dispute as to the conduct of any party, any term of this Agreement, or as to the results or outcome of the Directors’ decision, the determination of the Directors’ concerning the dispute shall be final.

7 publicity and marketing

7.1 The successful grant awardee organisation(s) must be prepared to take part in publicity accompanying or resulting from the promotion. SIFI reserves the right to make public the names of organisations that are successful in their applications to Fund to the extent required by SIFI’s publicity efforts and activities.

7.2 The successful grant awardee organisation(s) must ensure that their use of any documentation, website, banners, posters, event notices, visual and digital media and media of any kind for the purposes of their project refers to the SIFI, acknowledging its financial support.

8 grant award

8.1 All grant funding is non-transferable. Each successful grant awardee organisation(s) must submit evidence of its status prior to the distribution of any grant funding by SIFI.

8.2 SIFI shall require each successful grant awardee organisation(s) to sign a grant award agreement and related terms and conditions prior to receiving any grant funding.

8.3 SIFI may, from time to time, require the successful grant awardee organisation(s) to update and report on the progress of their work. On receipt of a request for a progress report from SIFI, the successful grant awardee organisation(s) must respond and provide a sufficient progress report within 30 days.

8.4 SIFI reserves the right to suspend and/or withdraw grant funding at any point in time from a successful grant awardee organisation(s) due to any breach of this Agreement, breach of the grant award agreement, or for any other reason.

9 some final terms

9.1 Each applicant to the Fund must immediately inform SIFI of any serious incident report its organisation makes to the Charities Regulator while its application is being considered by SIFI (or similar report to another applicable regulator).

9.2 If the grant award is declined or if a successful grant awardee organisation(s) forfeits the award, then the Directors may at their absolute discretion select an alternative grant awardee(s).

9.3 SIFI reserves the right in its absolute discretion to disqualify any applicant, to add to or waive any part of this Agreement without prior notice, or to cancel the Fund at any stage, in the event of circumstances arising beyond its reasonable control.

9.4 SIFI reserve the right, absolutely and at its sole discretion, to amend this Agreement and all deadlines, application requirements and grant awards.

9.5 Nothing in this Agreement shall constitute a partnership or joint venture or establish a relationship of agency between the parties.

9.6 This Agreement is governed by Irish law and all matters relating to it shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts.