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!

The EIL Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme exists to help returned volunteers to overcome financial barriers, time constraints or being able to access the necessary help and support. Providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects in Ireland. Volunteers can apply to the Seed Fund as individuals or as part of a group.

The Seed Fund is open for applications three times each year, Spring, Autumn and Winter.  Keep an eye on our social media to stay updated and the Global Citizen Award Coordinator is always available to answer any queries you might have

Some of the Main Features

  • Autumn deadline is Friday 22nd March 2020!
  • Receive for your grant up to €200
  • Apply here: individual application 
  • Apply here : group application
  • Projects to be completed within three months of receiving funds. 

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

Applications for the Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme are now open!

Contact for an application form today!!

Apply here: individual application 

Apply here : group application 

Past Projects


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. When is the closing date?
    The current deadline for submission is Sunday 22nd March 2020. There are three Seed Fund rounds each year. 
  4. Who will decide if I’m picked?
    A panel of judges made up of Global Education Committee members, made up of returned volunteers and EIL staff will assess the applications.
  5. When will I hear if I’ve been picked?
    Winners will be notified within a month of the deadline. 
  6. 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 The Global Education Committee members can also answer any further questions you may have. EIL Global Education staff can provide you with their contact details.
  7. Is there anybody who can help me implement my project?
    We encourage you to utilise 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 Global Education staff is there to offer guidance and advice.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I was a volunteer abroad with another organisation 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.
  11. 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.

Some rules

Applicants must use the application form supplied.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Current deadline for submission of proposals: 22nd March 2020.
  • Receipts of expenditure must be supplied to EIL.
  • All money unspent must be returned to EIL for redistribution to future projects.
  • Grant winners must submit a report on their project. 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.
  • EIL considers the sustainability and environmental impact of each project. Please be mindful of this when developing printable resources and use an electronic version where possible.
  • Funding will not be granted retrospectively.
  • Please note that the projects can only be funded if they take place in Ireland.