What Is The Engage And Educate Fund?
The Engage and 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 and 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.
What Does The Fund Offer?
The Engage and Educate Fund offers 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 2019. 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 Ctiteria
- 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 and Educate application form is available on its dedicated page at the link HERE
When Is The Deadline For Applications?
The Engage & Educate Fund is open for applications until Tuesday the 19th of February 2019 at 5pm.