Apply for the Education Fund for Projects Focused on Improving Educational Outcomes

Social Innovation Fund Ireland
Last date: 
Friday, February 24, 2017

Detailed Description

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.

Education and related qualifications
determine to a large extent the life chances of people. Those who leave
education without qualifications are hindered in their ability to find
well-paying jobs and as a result are more at risk of poverty.
The number of people with educational disadvantage achieving
accreditations to QQI level 6, or higher, is disproportionately low when
compared with the national norm, despite many government and other
initiatives to combat this. Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s goal via
the Education Fund is to improve access to 3rd level education (QQI
Level 6 & above) for students affected by disability or
disadvantage, through improved educational attainment.


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
  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Education Fund will accept applications from 
    • Not for Profits
    • Charities
    • Schools
    • Higher Education Institutes
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate how their project will
    improve educational attainment for those experiencing educational
  • Applicant projects should also be able to demonstrate that they have
    secured private or philanthropic funding for the period proposed, and
    that the programme cannot be carried out without the matching funding of
    SIFI. Please note that SIFI will retain a percentage of the matching
    funding for administrative costs.
  • Applicants must meet Social Innovation Fund Ireland standard
    criteria and specific criteria for the Education Fund, set out below: 
    • 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
    • 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
  • 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.

How to Apply

Applications are to be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Country: Ireland

For more Information, please visit Education Fund.

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