The 'Boost-it' Education and Mental Health fund sets out to support the needs of previous and existing Awardees that are exacerbated by Covid-19.
Youth Mental Health and Youth Education are two areas where you can clearly see the negative impact of the Covid-19 crisis. We see young people finding it difficult to manage new home situations, less interaction with friends, and increased anxiety as a result of the educational uncertainty.
Through the new Boost-it Education and Mental Health Fund 2020, Rethink Ireland Ireland can support innovative projects to stay engaged with this population for the duration of Covid-19 and beyond. We will match funds raised by successful applicants to provide them with cash grants and supports.
- The project must address a critical social issue
- The project proposed must be innovative in an Irish context
- The project must have potential and a desire to scale or replicate in Ireland (it may also have potential internationally, but this is not a requirement)
- The project must provide evidence that it is up and running, or has been tested at least in a minimal way
- The project must be based on the island of Ireland and make its main impact in the Republic of Ireland
- Applicants must come from an entity that has a not-for-profit legal form e.g. charity, company limited by guarantee, trust etc
- The project must not seek funding for capital assets (such as buildings, vans or equipment).
'Boost-it' Education and Mental Health Fund Criteria
- Previous Awardees of the 2017 Education Fund, the 2018 Youth Education and Mental Health Fund, and the 2019 Children and Youth Funds
- Awardees approved for a first Rethink Ireland Fund and not currently in a second fund
- Awardees that are not in receipt of the Pobal Stability Fund
- Awardees with a record of performance and a strong rationale for additional funding that must be applied for the same project as previously contracted.