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Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund 2021-2022

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Closing Date
17/05/2021

Supporting services for children and young people to enhance their use of technology

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.

How Does It Work?

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.

Who Can Apply?

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

  • The project must address a critical social or environmental issue
  • The project must be innovative in an Irish context
  • The project must be based in the Republic of Ireland
  • The project must have the potential and desire to scale or replicate in the Republic of Ireland
  • The project must provide evidence that it is up and running, or has been tested at least in a minimal way
  • Applicants must come from an entity that has a ‘not for profit’ legal form for example, a charity or voluntary organisation

Digital Solutions Fund Criteria

The successful applicants will:

  1. Aim to improve their services or create additional services by means of technology
  2. Work with or provide services to children and young people (age 4-24)
  3. Be active in the Children and Youth sector i.e CYPSCs and FRCs

The successful applicant can be:

  • A collaborative project with two or more organisations working together using technology to become more efficient in their communication and delivery of services to children and young people
  • A collaborative project with two or more organisations making innovative content for children/youth available and accessible online
  • A project that addresses the digital divide for disadvantaged children and young people

Which projects cannot apply?

Projects that are not eligible to apply are:

  • Research projects
  • Projects seeking funding for capital assets (such as buildings, vans or equipment)
  • Projects promoting or aligned with a political party
  • Projects that only accept participants of a particular faith or religious denomination
  • Projects focused on animal welfare
  • Projects based outside the Republic of Ireland
  • Projects led by people under 18 years of age
  • Projects that are an idea (only) and that have not yet started

Which applicants cannot apply?

Applicants that are not eligible to apply are:

  • Applicants under 18 years of age
  • Commercial companies
  • Rethink Ireland staff, directors and their immediate family members
  • Any philanthropic donors supporting this fund
  • Individuals, statutory or public bodies, local development companies, LEADER companies, companies limited by shares, and organisations that are funded 100% by state bodies or agencies and continue to be in receipt of that funding.

What Does The Fund Offer?

  • Cash grants up to €50,000
  • A business supports package
  • A place on an online Accelerator Programme, which will be conducted through webinars
  • Project performance management

How Do We Apply?

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.

Accessibility

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 access@rethinkireland.ie.

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

  • Stage 1: Open call for applications
  • Stage 2: Selection process
  • Stage 3: Final checks on short-listed applicants
  • Stage 4: Final decision by Rethink Ireland’s Board

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 childrenandyouthdigitalsolutionsfund@rethinkireland.ie

Terms And Conditions Of The Children And Youth Digital Solutions Fund

By applying for the Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund, you agree to the following terms and conditions.

  • You are 18 years of age or older.
  • You have given full and truthful information, both verbal and written, at all stages of the application and selection process.
  • You are eligible to apply. This means that your organisation meets the criteria for Rethink Ireland and, as described.
  • You have the right to apply. This means that you hold the necessary rights to carry out the project.
  • By sending in your application, you accept these terms and conditions and our Privacy Statement. If you do not comply with these terms and conditions, you may be disqualified and may have to return any award granted.
  • Rethink Ireland will hold the personal details which you submitted with your application form. We will only share this information with the third parties administering the application and selection process unless we agree otherwise with you. Please see our Privacy Statement for full details.
  • The Awardees must take part in publicity about the grant. Rethink Ireland reserves the right to publish the names of organisations that are successful in their applications.
  • If you decline an award or if the award is taken back because you did not comply with the terms and conditions, the Directors may select an alternative Awardee.
  • Rethink Ireland reserves the right to disqualify any entrant, to change the terms and conditions without notice, or to cancel the application process at any stage.

Any further questions?

Contact the Team at childrenandyouthdigitalsolutionsfund@rethinkireland.ie