Delivered by Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
The implications of Brexit and the associated loss of EU membership for people and communities continue to unfold. Early difficulties have arisen in the movement of people and trade. At the same time, the Covid 19 crisis has highlighted the connectivity and interdependence of people on the island and the need to collaborate around social factors including health and community infrastructure. The nature of the conversation about future all-island relationships is changing dramatically.
In this context there is a need for increased dialogue and collaboration among civil society organisations. The context presents both risks and opportunities, which will be influenced further by the way in which Brexit unfolds. All island, civil society, dialogue will play an increasingly important role in building a more stable future for everyone.
In 2021, grants of between €5,000 and €20,000 will be made available to interest groups in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who wish to partner with, or to further partnerships with their counterparts on the other side of the border.
This initial (pilot) phase of the Fund should be used to support increased dialogue and collaboration between these partners with the ultimate aim of working effectively together on common issues and challenges on an all-island basis.
- 1] Approximate Sterling equivalent of between £4,250 and £17,000
Who can apply:
The Community Foundations are particularly interested in hearing from groups who already enjoy a cross-border partnership through existing work but also welcome proposals from groups who are working with other vulnerable communities of interest and would like to explore the possibility of new dialogues and partnerships.
Applicant organisations must:
- Be registered charities or community and voluntary groups that are constituted and possess charitable aims.
- Engage their chosen partners prior to submission to agree terms of reference for the collaborative proposal
- Agree to receive the funding on behalf of all partners listed in the proposal and to share the funding between partners as set out in the proposed budget.
What can be achieved:
- Successful grant-making that will support and facilitate the following:
- Future leaders nurtured and given opportunity to develop skills.
- Identify policy positions and support collaboration in specific projects in thematic areas, such as gender, race, immigration and children.
- Raise awareness and create better understanding of the post-Brexit context for civil society in Ireland, on key issues (in media, with statutory bodies and in non-profit sector).
- Ensure space is created for healthy, respectful, and productive dialogue on challenges and opportunities created by the ongoing debate about future constitutional arrangements on the island of Ireland.
- Build on the best practice from each jurisdiction to further influence policy and legislative development.
- Build partnerships between civil society, philanthropy and Government.