Social Innovation Fund Ireland Arts to Impact Fund 2019

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What Is The Arts to Impact Fund?

The Arts to Impact Fund has been created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with 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.

As part of the application requirements, we are asking applicants to demonstrate that they have secured private or philanthropic funding for the duration of this fund. If the applicant is successful, we will match their donation by providing a 50% uplift on their funds, as well as delivering other supports such as training, impact measurement and capacity building.

What Is The Objective Of The Arts to Impact Fund?

The goal of the fund is to support the innovative use of arts and culture as a means to improve skills development and to promote social inclusion for children, adolescents and adults.

Projects can focus on prevention or intervention, in order to develop or improve creative, cognitive, social and emotional skills and other specific learning outcomes.

The Arts to Impact Fund aims to have wider impact and will contribute to Ireland’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

What Does The Arts to Impact Fund Offer?

The Arts to Impact Fund Offers the following:

  • 50% uplift on funds raised by applicants (applicants must provide evidence to verify the private funding has been secured)
  • Peer to peer networking and knowledge sharing
  • Training workshops
  • Impact measurement
  • A platform for award winners to showcase their work at an awards event

What Kind Of Projects Is The Fund Looking For?

Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they focus on improving skills development and promote social inclusion for children, adolescents and adults through the innovative use of arts and culture.

All applicants should have a strong evidence base for their project and have an evaluation or assessment component.

What Organisations Are Eligible?

Applicants must have not-for-profit legal status to be considered for the Arts to Impact Fund. For example: charity, company limited by guarantee, trust etc.

What Is The Application Deadline?

The Arts to Impact Fund is open for applications from 3rd August 2018 until 18th January 2019 at 5pm.

How Do I Apply?

The Arts to Impact Fund application form is available HERE

You should also look at the application criteria and terms and conditions that can be found, with full details of the funds objectives, and an explanation of the uplift funding HERE

Where Can I Get Further Information?

Please contact the SIFI at with any questions you have on the criteria. If you have any questions about the fund raising requirement of this fund please contact Anne Dermody at

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