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Civil Society Project Funding

Irish Aid provides project funding through an annual competitive grant round for NGO's engaged in development work, in particular priority areas. In 2016, over €1.1 million in funding was approved for 13 partners.     

Access to water in Inhambane province, Mozambique

Overview

Irish Aid has a long history of supporting Irish civil society organisations working in the developing world.  Irish Aid’s support to civil society is informed by the Sustainable Development Goals, the Framework for Action associated with Ireland’s Policy for International Development, One World, One Future and the Irish Aid Civil Society Policy.

The Civil Society Fund (CSF) is Irish Aid’s main competitive project funding mechanism.  Applications are accepted on an annual basis from Irish and invited international civil society organisations to carry out development projects relevant to Irish Aid’s policy priorities.  Projects must be between one and three years in duration and priority is given to projects in Sub Saharan Africa.  

Project partners

Who are our project partners?

15 organisations were successful in their applications to the 2017 Round of the Civil Society Fund. Grants totalling €1.6 million were provided as follows:

Organisation Name

Approved for 2017

   

A Partnership with Africa (APA)

€150,000

Bóthar

€160,000

Brighter Communities Worldwide

€140,000

Camara

€150,000

CAMFED

€100,000

Global Witness Trust

€115,000

Fields of Life

€60,000

Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)

€10,000

International Service for Human Rights

€125,000

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF)

€60,000

Nepal Leprosy Trust

€25,000

Nurture Africa

€180,000

Saferworld

€130,000

Tearfund Ireland

€175,000

UPR Info.

€70,000

Civil Society Fund 2018 Round

 

Irish Aid has a long history of supporting Irish civil society organisations working in the developing world.  Irish Aid’s support to civil society is informed by the Sustainable Development Goals, the Framework for Action associated with Ireland’s Policy for International Development, One World, One Future and the Irish Aid Civil Society Policy.

The Civil Society Fund (CSF) is Irish Aid’s main competitive project funding scheme. Applications are accepted on an annual basis from Irish and invited international civil society organisations to carry out development projects of relevance to Irish Aid’s policy priorities.  Projects must be between one and three years duration and priority is given to projects in Sub Saharan Africa.

 

Key Documents

 

If there are any difficulties in using this version of the eligibility form, please select 'Civil Society Funding' on our contact us page and a Word version can be provided.

 

Process

The eligibility stage of this process is now closed.  The call for proposals for the 2019 round is expected in quarter three 2018.

Application forms will be emailed to those organisations deemed successful in the eligibility stage.

The application form must be submitted by email by 5pm on Friday, 19th January 2018. Please note that forms received after the relevant deadlines will not be considered.

Please also submit a hard copy of the application form, signed by the legal representative of the organisation to:

    Civil Society Fund
    Civil Society Section and Development Education Unit
    Irish Aid
    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    Riverstone House
    23-27 Henry Street
    Limerick
    V94 R7YE

It is intended that appraisal of applications will take place in Quarter 1 2018 and notification of funding decisions will issue in April or May 2018.

Please note that individual meetings cannot be held with applicant organisations while 2018 Round is active and Irish Aid officials will not be available to answer questions or provide clarifications on an individual basis.  Any attempt to influence the outcome of the decision-making process in relation to grant applications will result in disqualification.

Questions or queries should be addressed directly to 'Civil Society Funding' on the Contact Us page. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be posted on the website if necessary.

Read more about Civil Society funding

See our 2016 Annual Report for a list of organisations that received funding through the main civil society funding schemes administered by Irish Aid HQ.