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Civil Society Project Funding

Access to water in Inhambane province, Mozambique

  • Overview
  • Project Partners
  • Apply for Funding



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

Project partners

Who are our project partners?

24 organisations were successful in their applications to the 2018 Round of the Civil Society Fund. Grants totalling €10.1 million were approved. The following organisations were successful:

Organisation 2018 Grant
A Partnership with Africa €235,000
Aidlink €310,000
Brighter Communities Worldwide €260,000
Camara Education €300,000
Childfund Ireland €250,000
Christian Blind Mission Ireland €320,000
FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) €190,000
Fields of Life €230,000
Friends in Ireland €80,000
Irish League of Credit Unions Foundation €250,000
Meningitis Research Foundation €100,000
Minority Rights Groups International €170,000
Nepal Leprosy Trust €80,000
Nurture Africa €390,000
OrbisIreland €140,000
Proudly Made in Africa €105,000
Saferworld €180,000
Serve in Solidarity €280,000
SHEP (The Social and Health Education Project) €90,000
Suas €60,000
Tearfund Ireland €280,000
The Carter Centre €200,000
University College Cork €70,000
War on Want NI €145,000

Apply for Funding

Civil Society Fund 2018 Round is now Closed

It is expected to advertise the 2019 Round of the Civil Society Fund in October 2018

Questions or queries should be addressed directly to 'Civil Society Funding' on the Contact Us page. 

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.