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Development Education Funding

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

The call for proposals for the 2017 Development Education Grant scheme is now closed.

Visiting youth worker Felix Chali (Barefeet Theatre, Zambia) runs a drama workshop at the One World Week Central Event, Dublin, 2011



What is Development Education funding?

Irish Aid provides funding to support Development Education across formal (primary and post-primary schools) and non-formal (adult, youth and community) sectors. This funding is administered through an Annual Development Education Grant call and through Strategic Partnerships with organisations engaged in promoting understanding of and engagement with global development and justice issues.

In 2016, 30 organisations were approved for funding under the annual grant call. The total allocation amounted to €980,000.

We support strategic partnerships with organisations working in priority areas including capacity building of the development education sector, resource development, and primary, post-primary and third level education. In 2016, the budget for strategic partnerships amounted to €1,775,625.

Why do we provide Development Education funding?

Our funding supports the implementation of the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy.

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 funding are:

  • 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, and also the provision of courses 

Our Partners

Who are our development education partners?

Payments totalling over €2.75 million were approved for 35 partners working in development education in 2016.

Of this, €980,000 was approved to fund 30 organisations under the 2016 Development Education Annual Grant Round. The organisations approved for funding are as follows:


Funding Allocation

Development (80/20)

Afri €25,000
Amnesty International €40,000
Amawele €30,000
An Taisce €40,000
Centre for global education €45,000
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Crawford College of Art & Design €45,000
Cork Circus €10,000
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (ETB) €26,860
Debt and Development Coalition €25,000
Development Perspective €40,000
Dublin Institute of Technology €25,000
ECO UNESCO €60,000
EIL Intercultural Learning €45,000
EAPN €10,000
Friends of the Earth €14,140
Galway One World Centre €25,000
Inishowen €30,000
Latin American Solidarity Centre €25,000
Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS) €55,000
Matt Talbot Community Trust €10,000
National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) €85,000
Tearfund €10,000
Tipperary Youth Centre €15,000
Ubuntu Network €130,000
UCD Volunteers Overseas €18,000
Unicef Ireland €16,000
Value added in Africa €25,000
Waterford One World Centre €20,000
YMCA €15,000

A further €1,775,625 in funding is provided to 5 organisations for multi-annual programmes under the Strategic Partnerships Programme as follows:


Funding allocation

IDEA (Irish Development Education Association)


80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World


The DICE Project




WorldWise Global Schools Programme




Applying for funding

How to apply for project funding?

Irish Aid issues an annual call for project grant proposals. The DE Annual Grant call is open to Irish-based organisations only.

Grants are allocated in the range of €10,000 and €200,000 for a period of one year. All proposals need to have a strong focus on development education results for the Irish public.

The 2017 Development Education call for proposals is now Closed.

Further Information

Please note that individual meetings cannot be held with applicant organisations while the call is active and Irish Aid officials will not be available to answer questions or provide clarifications on an individual basis.

Questions or queries in relation to the Round should be addressed directly to “Development Education” using the ‘Contact Us’ page on the Irish Aid website. A FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document‌ is available on this website. Queries will be responded to up to two weeks prior to the application deadline.

Please note that any attempt to influence the outcome of the decision-making process in relation to grant applications will result in disqualification. Please also note that no individual meetings will be held with organisations that plan to apply for funding once the call for proposals issues.

Please find below relevant documents for Irish Aid’s Development Education Annual Grant 2017:

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