What Is The Sports to Impact Fund?
The Sports 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, the SIFI are asking applicants to demonstrate that they have secured private or philanthropic funding for the duration of this fund. If the applicant is successful, the SIFI 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 Are The Sports to Impact Fund Objectives?
The goal of the fund is to support the innovative use of sports as a means to improve physical and mental health and to promote social inclusion for children, adolescents and adults.
SIFI are calling out to innovative projects or programmes that focus on using sports as a means to create positive social impact in the lives of individuals and in communities across Ireland.
The Sports to Impact Fund aims to have wider impact and will contribute to Ireland’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
What Does The Sports to Impact Fund Offer?
The Sports 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 physical or mental health and promote social inclusion for children, adolescents and adults through the innovative use of sports.
All applicants should have a strong evidence base for their project and have an evaluation or assessment component.
Applicants should also be able to demonstrate that they have raised private or philanthropic funding for the period proposed and that the programme cannot be carried out without the match funding of SIFI.
What Organisations Are Eligible?
Applicants must have not-for-profit legal status to be considered for the Sports to Impact Fund. For example: charity, company limited by guarantee, trust etc.
What Is The Application Deadline?
The Sports to Impact Fund is open for applications from 3rd August 2018 until 18th January 2019 at 5pm.
How Do I Apply?
The Sports 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org