What is the Seed Fund?
Do you need support with your Gold or Silver Action Projects?
EIL wants to help you with your Global Citizen Award action project(s), activities or events which will raise awareness about the people and issues you have encountered during your time overseas by providing successful individuals and groups with grants of up to €200! Your action project can have a real impact on the way Irish people think about global issues and in turn bring about real change in the world. Grow your idea into action!
EIL believe that perhaps the most significant part of a short-term volunteer programme actually begins when participants return home. On a long-term basis, the most effective way which you as a returned volunteer can truly make a difference is to educate others in Ireland about global justice through your actions of the Global Citizen Award.
You may face financial barriers, time constraints or be unable to access the necessary help and support. The EIL Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme exists to assist you as a returned volunteers to overcome these barriers by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects. Volunteers and Global Citizen Award Participants can apply to the Seed Fund as individuals or as part of a group.
Some of the Main Features
- Autumn Deadline is Friday 7th OCTOBER 2016!!
- Receive for your grant up to €200
- Apply online here: individual application
- Apply online here : group application
- Or download an Individual Application Form 16 or a Group_app_seedfund_16
- Projects to be completed by Fri 16th Dec 2016.
If you are unsure whether this opportunity is for you why not check out a video from one of our 2012 Seed Fund winners - Paul Mc Keown
Some Words from Joe Costello TD Minister for Trade and Development
" I am encouraged to read about the EIL Programme, particularly with its enphasis on linking volunteering with engagement in development education through the Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme. I strongly endorse the importance of volunteerism in strengthening ties between communities in Ireland and developing world. Equally, volunteers returning home have a valuable role in engaging on development and social justice issues, and your initiative in this area is welcome. I would like to encourage young people to volunteer and to be advocates for global justice. Through participating in the EIL Programme and sharing your learning experiences afterwards, you can enrich the lives of others here in Ireland"
Joe Costello, Minister of State, November 2012
"....Your organisation has had a long engagement with Irish Aid in its development education work... Irish Aid recognises the Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme initiative as having the potential to ensure that the experience of short term volunteering has benefits beyond individuals through development education awareness activities. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of luck on your development education programme and congratulations on the strong interest and commitment that the EIL members and volunteers continue to show in respect of issues facing those living in developing world."
Jan O'Sullivan, Minister of State, October 2011
- Who can apply?
All Global Citizen award participants and returned volunteers who have a passion to promote development issues and/or who are part of the EIL Network.
- What age do I have to be to apply?
There is no age limit. If you are under 18, please include a reference on your application form from your parent or guardian.
- When is the closing date?
The deadline for submission is Fri 5th oct 2016.
- Who will decide if I’m picked?
A panel of judges made up of Development Education Committee members, EIL staff, and returned volunteers will assess the applications.
- When will I hear if I’ve been picked?
Winners will be notified.
- Is there anybody in EIL who can help me with my application?
For details on the application process or any other enquiries, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Development Education Committee members can also answer any further questions you may have. EIL Development Education staff can provide you with their contact details.
- Is there anybody who can help me implement my project?
We encourage you to utilize your own resources in the planning and implementation of your project. Each award winner will also be directed toward a mentor to help and advise on your project. However, if you require additional support, the Development Education staff is there to offer guidance and advice.
- Can we apply as a group?
Yes. We encourage groups to apply, but will require one member of the group to act as a point of contact for EIL and to take overall responsibility for the project. Please be sure to complete the group application form.
- If my application is unsuccessful the first time, can I reapply?
Of course! The judging panel will give you feedback on your first application and taking this into consideration we would encourage you to re-apply subsequently.
- I was a volunteer abroad with another organization but would like to apply for an EIL Seed Fund micro grant, am I eligible?
If you have volunteered with another organisation previously, we also encourage you to apply. However, please ensure that your proposed project is relevant to the work of EIL and its partner organisations.
- Do I have to spend the maximum amount (€100 for individual projects and €200 for group projects)?
No. The objective of the Seed Fund Micro Grant scheme is to award funds to projects of all sizes and costs up to the maximum amount.
Applicants must use the application form supplied.
Application deadlines are as follows:
- Deadline for submission of proposals: Fri 5th Jan 2015
- Projects must be completed by: Fri 16th DEC 2016!
- Receipts of expenditure must be supplied to EIL before 16th Dec
- All money unspent must be returned to EIL for redistribution to future projects.
- Grant winners must submit a report on their project by 16th Dec. Where possible this should include photos, videos or other media documenting your action or event. These photos and videos may be used for EIL for further promotional use.
- Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback from the judges as to why their application was not successful and how it could be modified for any subsequent submission.
- Once selected, applicants will be required to provide more detailed information on the planning and implementation of their project.