WHAT IS THE Ignite fund?
The Ignite Fund is a €550,000 fund created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with several private philanthropists 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 from the Dormant Accounts Fund.
‘Ignite’ means to ‘spark’ or ‘set in motion’. The objective of the Ignite Fund is to spark meaningful social impact in communities across Ireland by providing support to some of the most innovative charities and social enterprises. Several private philanthropists have been inspired to provide substantial support to organisations addressing some of the most critical social issues we face today. The Department of Rural and Community Development has committed to matching their support euro for euro. We are now seeking applications from organisations and projects who are ‘igniting’ impact in any of the four categories which are listed below;
1. Empowering Families
2. Music to Impact
3. Harnessing Ability
4. Youth Resilience
Application Deadline Extended: Friday, May 10th 2019 at 5 pm.
WHAT DOES THE FUND OFFER?
- Awards of between €55,000 and €75,000 including:
- Cash grants of up to €60,000
- Business supports package worth up to €15,000
- A place on an Accelerator Programme from January to June 2020. The programme will include mentoring, growth-planning, impact measurement, and communications training as well as access to Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s expertise and networks.
WHAT kind of projects is the fund looking for?
All applicants to Social Innovation Fund Ireland must meet a set of standard criteria as listed below. Each of the four ‘Ignite categories’ have their own requirements which must also be met. These are listed below.
Note: As part of Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s standard eligibility requirements, applicants seeking funding for capital assets are not eligible.
Social Innovation Fund Ireland Standard Criteria
- The project must address a critical social issue
- The project 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 have a proven track record
- 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. company limited by guarantee, trust etc.
Empowering Families Award
Supported by a private donor
This Award is open to innovative projects working with families experiencing disadvantage. The Award is open to projects providing training and support to parents or guardians of children age 6-12 years, in order to develop their parental capacity. Projects working in this area must be able to demonstrate how their work improves the development and outcomes of children.
For the purposes of this Award, disadvantage is defined as one of the following:
- People from a low socio-economic background
- People with a disability
- People who are members of a minority group
- People experiencing disadvantage through circumstances such as lone parents or homelessness
Empowering Families Award Criteria:
- Projects that focus on improving outcomes for children age 6-12 years, using an early intervention approach
- Projects that consider the voices of children and parents in their design and implementation
- Projects working holistically with the parent or guardians and child as part of the solution
- Projects that strengthen the parental capacity
- Projects that demonstrate how they will be delivered in an integrated way with other services – statutory or voluntary
- Projects that have a proven track record of impact for parents, guardian or children
Note: This Award is not open to projects working to address the medical needs of a family.
There are 2 x Awards Packages available.
Projects can apply to win an Awards package worth €75,000, which includes cash grants up to the value of €60,000 and business supports package to the value of €15,000.
Music to impact Award
Supported by a private donor
The Music to Impact Award is open to innovative projects using music as a means to enhance wellbeing or promote social inclusion for children, young people or adults.
Projects must be able to show a substantial impact on participants. Projects can focus on intervention or prevention. This may include therapeutic use, intellectual or personal development, or community development approaches.
Projects focusing on the following groups will have an advantage:
- People with an intellectual, physical, sensory, or learning disability
- People with mental health issues
- People experiencing socio-economic or other disadvantages
- People who are members of marginalised communities (including but not limited to LGBTI+ people, people with ethnic minority or migrant status, and ex-offenders or ex-prisoners)
Note: Projects that offer one-off interventions only will not be considered for this Award. Projects that focus solely on improving musical ability or performance will not qualify.
There are 2 x Awards Packages available through the Music to Impact Award.
Note: Projects can apply to win an Awards package worth €55,000, which includes cash grants to the value of €40,000 and business supports package to the value of €15,000.
Harnessing ability Award
Supported by W2 Foundation and Ralph and Maureen Parkes
The Harnessing Ability Award is open to organisations whose mission is to create economic opportunity for adolescents or adults with disabilities through innovative programmes that enhance skills, drive leadership potential and provide job opportunities.
Projects focused on the following will be considered for this Award:
- Projects benefiting adolescents or adults with a disability (this includes people with an intellectual, physical or sensory disability)
- Projects whose mission is to advance economic opportunities for people with disabilities through training, upskilling, and/or provision of job opportunities
- Projects must have measurable outputs and outcomes for their participants
- Projects providing work experience and placements or career progression will have an advantage.
Projects based in Munster or actively seeking to expand into Munster will have an advantage.
There is 1 x Awards Package available through the Harnessing Ability Award.
Projects can apply to win an Awards package worth €75,000, which includes cash grants to the value of €60,000 and a business supports package to the value of €15,000.
Youth resilience Award
Supported by W2 Foundation and Ralph and Maureen Parkes
The Youth Resilience Award is open to innovative projects focused on the mental health of young people in Ireland in the context of increasing social and digital media use.
This award calls for projects focused on the safe and positive use of the internet, including the prevention of cyberbullying, online grooming, and education of young people on internet safety. Projects can focus on prevention or intervention methods, Projects based in Munster or actively seeking to expand into Munster will have an advantage.
There is 1 x Awards Package available through the Youth Resilience Award.
Projects can apply to win an Awards package worth €75,000, which includes cash grants to the value of €60,000 and business supports package to the value of €15,000.
How long is the ignite fund open for applications?
The Ignite Fund is open for applications from Monday, March 4th to Friday, May 10th 2019 (Extended Deadline).
HOW DO I APPLY?
Applications are closed.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF AWARDEES?
Awardees will be expected to participate in an Accelerator programme from January 2020 to June 2020. It is expected that a minimum of 2 days per month will be devoted to the programme by the project lead.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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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?
Final decisions are made by the Board of Social Innovation Fund Ireland.
What is the selection process?
- Stage 1: Open Call for Applications – Monday, March 4th
- Stage 2: Selection process – May 2019
- Stage 3: Interviews – Week of June 10th
- Stage 4: Final due diligence on recommended applicants – June / July 2019
- Stage 5: Decision by Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Board – July 2019
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?
- Advocacy projects
- Projects seeking to fund capital items – buildings, vans, renovations, equipment etc.
- Research projects
- Party political projects
- Projects that do not provide a benefit to people or the environment e.g. projects that benefit animals only
- Projects that screen beneficiaries in or out by faith or religious denomination
- Projects where the main impact is outside the Republic of Ireland
- Projects led by people under 18 years
- Projects that are an idea (only) and that have not yet started
- Projects led by for-profit companies or organisations.
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 eg a school, charity or Company Limited by Guarantee. For-profit entities are excluded from applying.
- Social Innovation Fund Ireland staff, directors and their immediate family members*, are excluded from applying.
* Immediate family member includes sibling, parent, spouse or civil partner, or child.
Can Social Innovation Fund Ireland Awardees apply to the Ignite Fund?
Social Innovation Fund Ireland Awardees are eligible to apply to this Fund but must note that:
- The same project cannot take part in two Accelerator programmes at once
- The same project cannot take part in a Game-changer and Accelerator programme at once
- Previous projects who have already taken part in an Accelerator / Game-changer programme must be able to demonstrate how another programme will add value to their project/organisation
- Previous Awardees must have spent their full grant before any further applications can be considered
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THE IGNITE FUND
By applying for the Ignite Fund all applicants have agreed to the Terms & Conditions as outlined below:
- 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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