Linking voluntary, community and charitable groups on both sides of the border is the focus of a new All-Island Community Fund which seeks to promote stronger and more effective voices from civil society.
The result of a partnership between The Community Foundation for Ireland and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland the new fund has gone live today (Thursday 1st April 2021) with a launch by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, TD.
Groups from the South and the North are being invited to come together and apply for grants of up to €20,000. The funding is to support greater co-operation, awareness and stronger more effective advocacy for those communities which have in the past not been heard or excluded.
Launched on a pilot basis the €500,000 fund will invite proposals from those working on a range of issues – including gender-based violence, children’s rights and protections as well as climate change. Communities can also seek support in responding to the impact of Covid-19 as well as the implications of Brexit.
The overall aim is to strengthen the voices of those who in the past have not been heard, including those of young people, women and diverse communities.
Applications are being invited across three strands, up to €5,000, up to €10,000 and up to €20,000 in an approach aimed at ensuring a broad range of groups are covered – in terms of size, work which may already be underway as well as new partnerships.
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