Development Education Funding

Irish Aid’s Development Education funding aims to increase awareness and understanding of global development issues among the public in Ireland.


What is Development Education funding?

Irish Aid provides funding through an Annual Development Education Grant and Strategic Partnership programme for organisations engaged in promoting understanding of and engagement with global development and justice issues.  

In 2012, 38 organisations were approved for an annual grant. The total allocation amounted to €1.638 million.

We support strategic partnerships with organisations working in priority areas including Initial teacher education, third level education, youth sector, and capacity building for the development education sector. In 2012, the total allocation amounted to €873,774.

Why do we provide Development Education funding?

Our funding supports the implementation of the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy Plan 2007-11, which has been extended to 2015 following a review . 

Initiatives funded are aimed at deepening understanding of global poverty and encouraging the Irish public to take action for a more just and equal world.

All development education approved programmes and projects have a strong focus on achieving results in the following priority areas: primary and post primary education, higher education, youth sector and the further, adult and community sector.

How do we realise policy objectives through our funding?

The Development Education Annual Grant identifies a number of main priorities and a call for proposals to contribute to these priorities is made annually.

Some of the main priorities for the 2012 funding round were:

  • Primary and Post Primary Schools: to expand the opportunities within school-based work for quality development education
  • The Youth Sector: to increase engagement of young people in development issues through the integration of development education in youth programmes
  • Adult and Community Sector: to increase the number of adult/community leaders trained in development education. 

Our Partners

Who are our development education partners?

In 2012, over €2.4 million was provided to 43 partners to contribute to Irish Aid’s development education priorities.

38 partners received funding of over €1.6 million under the Development Education Annual Grant call in 2012. These partners are as follows:


Funding allocation



Age Action




Amnesty International


An Cosan


An Taisce


Blanchardstown Adult Ed, Co. Dublin VEC


Centre for Global Education


Cork IT, Crawford College of Art & Design


Debt & Development Coalition


Department of Humanities, IT Sligo




Education Department, NUI Maynooth


EIL Intercultural Learning


Friends of the Earth


Galway One World Centre


Inishowen Development Partnership


Irish Congress of Trade Unions


Irish Family Planning Association


KADE (Kerry Action for Development Education)


Latin America Solidarity Centre


Limerick School of Art & Design


Link Community Development


Loreto Education Trust


Lourdes, Youth & Community Service


Mayfield Arts


Mind the GAP


Poetry Ireland


Presentation Education Office




School of Education & Lifelong Learning and School of Social Justice, UCD


St Patricks College


The Organic Centre, Rossinver


Ubuntu Network, UL


UCD Volunteers Overseas, UCD


Value Added in Africa


Waterford One World Centre





Irish Aid provided €873,774 to five organisations under the Strategic Partnership Programme in 2012. These partners are as follows:



Funding allocation

IDEA (Irish Development Education Association)


DICE (Development and Intercultural Education)


NYCI (National Youth Council of Ireland)


80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World




Applying for funding

Irish Aid issues an annual call for Development Education Grant proposals. The 2013 call for proposals is now open

Application process

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 8th, February 2013.

In advance, you are required to submit an Expression of interest and the completed eligibility criteria form  by Tuesday 15th January, 2013. .

An organisation may submit only ONE application. Please read the Guidance note for further information on the process and requirements.

Eligibility and Expression of interest

The funding call is open to organisations which meet the eligibility criteria which are set out in Section 3 of the Application Guidance Note.  

If you wish to apply, you must contact us Civil Society Fund email for an Eligibility Criteria form  and return the completed form  by Tuesday 15th January, 2013

Application Form

In completing your application please read Guidance Note carefully. Completed application forms from eligible organisations must be received by Friday 8th, February 2013.

Further Information

An Information Session on the Annual Grant application process will be held in the Irish Aid Centre, O Connell St, Dublin 1 on Thursday, 10th January 2013 at 2pm

Irish Aid officials will not be available to answer questions or provide clarifications on an individual basis while the call is active.  Any questions should be raised at the information session or alternatively, questions can be addressed to Civil Society Fund email 

Please find attached the Guidance Note, and Application Form for Irish Aid’s Development Education Annual Grant 2013.


Focus on Results

Organisations who receive Development Education funding are responsible for effective and ongoing monitoring throughout the course of the funding period. 

Each grant is based on a contract and an agreed set of results. Organisations must report on the progress towards the expected results annually to Irish Aid through the annual reporting process.

Reporting requirements

Irish Aid monitoring of Development Education Grants includes:

  • Annual report on results and expenditure
  • Audited accounts to be submitted annually