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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the Main Features
- Spring Deadline is Monday 18th March 2019!
- Receive for your grant up to €200
- Apply here: individual application
- Apply here : group application
- Projects to be completed by May 31st 2019.
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 current deadline for submission is Monday 18th March 2019.
- 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.
- When will I hear if I’ve been picked?
Winners will be notified within three weeks of the deadline.
- 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 email@example.com. 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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:
- Current deadline for submission of proposals: Monday 18th March 2019.
- 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.