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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 public in Ireland.

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 2013, 30 organisations were approved under the annual grant. The total allocation amounted to €1.25 million.

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 2013, the budget for strategic partnerships amounted to €1.67 million.

Why do we provide Development Education funding?

Our funding supports the implementation of the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy Plan 2007-11, 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 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 €2.92 million were approved for 35 partners working in development education in 2013.

Of this, €1.25 million was approved to fund 30 organisations under the 2013 Development Education Annual Grant call. The organisations approved for funding are as follows:




Funding approved



Africa Centre


Amnesty International


An Cosán


Centre for Global Education


Co. Dublin VEC, Adult Education Service


Cork IT, Crawford College of Art & Design


Debt & Development Coalition


Development Perspectives




EIL Intercultural Learning


Galway One World Centre


Inishowen Development Partnership


Irish Congress of Trade Unions


Irish Girl Guides


Latin America Solidarity Centre


Link Community Development


Lourdes, Youth & Community Service


Mayfield Community Arts Centre


National Youth Council of Ireland


St Patricks College


The Larkin Unemployed Centre


The Organic Centre


The Social Health & Education Project (SHEP)


Ubuntu Network, University of Limerick


University College Dublin, School of Social Justice


Value Added in Africa


Waterford One World Centre


National Council of YMCA’s in Ireland


Youth Work Ireland


A further €1.67 million in funding was 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

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 are required  to have a strong focus on development education results for the Irish public.

Eligibility and Expression of interest

The Development Education Annual Grant 2014 was open to organisations which met the Eligibility Criteria set out in Section 3 of the Development Education Annual Grant 2014 Guidelines for Applicant Organisations.

The closing date for submission of the Eligibility Criteria Form has now passed (10 December 2013).

Organisations which did not meet the deadline will not be considered in the call and Applications will not be accepted.

Ineligible applicants will be notified as soon as possible, otherwise organisations should proceed to the Application Form stage below.

Application Form 

An organisation may submit only one application in the call, either through a single application or alternatively as part of a Partnership.

Applications from organisations which meet the eligibility criteria will be forwarded for appraisal. Applications must be submitted using the 2014 Application Form which will be issued with the Eligibility Criteria Form. Applications will be accepted by e-mail only by the closing date of Thursday 16th January, 2014

Further Information 

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 may be addressed to the Contact Us page on the Irish Aid website (Civil Society Funding). An FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document will be posted on the Irish Aid 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 2014.

Support Documentation available for download:

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

Our Development Education Strategy

Support Documentation available for download: