The Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund is a €600,000 one year fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The objective of the fund is to support services who work with children and young people through the use of technology.
The fund is interested in finding innovative collaborative projects using digital solutions to solve a problem, collect relevant data or scale resources for children and young people. This fund is open to the Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) and Child and Family Support Networks as well as entities that have a not-for-profit legal form, e.g. a school, charity, social enterprise, voluntary organisation or Higher Education Institutions.
You can apply to The Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund via the online application form from 2 pm April 15th, 2021 until Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 5 pm.
The Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund will provide a package of awards and supports to innovative not-for-profit organisations that are working to support children through the use of technology. There will be up to 8 awards available in total, and each Awardee will receive a cash grant (to a maximum of €50,000), mentoring support and a comprehensive six-month Accelerator programme.
This fund is open to the CYPSCs and Child and Family Support Networks as well as entities that have a not-for-profit legal form, e.g. a school, charity, social enterprise, voluntary organisation or Higher Education Institutions.
Collaborative projects must be led by a not for profit entity.
Eligibility & Criteria
Projects must meet both Rethink Ireland’s criteria and the specific criteria for The Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund, as set out below:
Rethink Ireland Criteria
Digital Solutions Fund Criteria
The successful applicants will:
The successful applicant can be:
Which projects cannot apply?
Projects that are not eligible to apply are:
Which applicants cannot apply?
Applicants that are not eligible to apply are:
Complete the online application form by Monday 17th May 2021 at 2 pm. To complete your application form online, you will need to upload financial and governance information including a one-year budget for your project.
We have tried to make the application process as accessible as possible but we understand that there may still be some difficulties for applicants. If you have access needs or are struggling with the application form, please contact email@example.com.
What can cash grants be spent on?
You may only spend the grant on the project which won the award. Rethink Ireland will agree on the specific use of the grant with you.
Please note: you cannot use the grant to pay off debts or buy land, buildings or equipment and it cannot be used for subsistence or scholarship payments to beneficiaries.
If my organisation has already or is currently in receipt of a grant from Rethink Ireland, can I still apply?
Yes. If you have previously been funded or are currently being funded by Rethink Ireland, you can still apply to the Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund with a new project.
Who will decide who wins the awards?
Final decisions are made by the Board of Rethink Ireland.
What is the selection process?
The selection process includes the following steps:
We expect to finalise the selection process approximately 5 weeks after closing the open call for applications.
Can organisations make multiple applications?
Yes, organisations can make multiple applications. These applications must be for different projects.
If my organisation is funded by a Government/state agency (HSE, TULSA etc) are we eligible?
Yes, you can apply if you are in receipt of funding from a government or state agency. However, if your organisation is 100% funded through state sources then you are not eligible to apply to the Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund.
Any further questions?
Contact the Children and Youth Digital Solutions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
By applying for the Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund, you agree to the following terms and conditions.
Any further questions?
Contact the Team at email@example.com