Call for Applications

Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Education Fund 2017 for Improving Educational Disadvantage.

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Application Deadline: 24th February 2017.

Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Education Fund is open to projects that are focused on improving educational outcomes (at QQI Level 6 or higher from the National Framework of Qualifications) for those experiencing educational disadvantage. Projects are likely to focus on students at the upper end of second level or starting higher education.  Educational disadvantage that arises from living in a disadvantaged area, socio-economic disadvantage, experiencing mental health or other health issues, or disability are all relevant to this Fund.

Social Innovation Fund Ireland believes that there are many innovative local projects that tackle educational disadvantage but which fail to grow and spread. With this in mind the education fund aims to address this by:

  • Providing funding to organisations who can provide evidence of having secured match private or philanthropic funding for the duration of the proposed project
  • Convene the best projects together annually to share learnings
  • Provide projects with the opportunity to participate in a cluster evaluation
  • Provide projects with a platform to showcase their work at a closing event.

ocial Innovation Fund Ireland standard criteria

  • The project must address a critical social issue – in this case educational disadvantage
  • The solution proposed must be innovative in an Irish context.
  • The solution 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 solution must provide evidence that it is up and running, or have been tested at least in a minimal way.
  • That it is based on the island of Ireland and will 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 or higher education institutes.

Education  Fund Specific Criteria

  • Applicants should be projects that are focused at second level education and/or entry stage of higher level education
  • The project must be able to demonstrate that it has secured private or philanthropic funding, of at least €10,000 per year, for the period of its proposed project, and that the programme cannot be carried out without the matching funding of Social Innovation Fund Ireland
  • The project will be able to demonstrate improved educational attainment leading to better educational outcomes.

Who can apply?

The Education Fund will accept applications from

  • Not for Profits
  • Charities
  • Schools
  • Higher Education Institutes


The Education Fund application form is available on its dedicated page here.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Education Fund 2017

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