The Engage & Educate Fund is a €1.2 million three year fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Mason Hayes and Curran LLP and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund. The objective of the Fund is to back innovative projects that empower young people and adults through education, enabling people from marginalised communities to access game-changing education programmes.
We will be holding an Engage & Educate Fund Application Clinic on the 20th May at 11 am for potential applicants. You can register for this webinar HERE.
The Engage & Educate Fund aims to work with organisations that empower young people and adults through education and break the negative cycle of poverty through education. The COVID-19 pandemic has widened the gap in educational opportunities between different socio-economic classes and is deepening the negative impact on young people and adults who have left the education system early or are at risk of doing so.
You can apply to the Engage & Educate Fund via the online application form from Wednesday 21st April 2021 to Wednesday June 2nd at 5 pm.
The Engage & Educate Fund will provide a package of awards and supports to innovative not-for-profit organisations that are working to tackle educational disadvantage and empower young people and adults through education. There will be up to 5 awards available in total, and each Awardee will receive a cash grant (to a maximum of €50,000 per year), mentoring support and placement on Rethink Ireland’s three-year capacity building programme.
This fund is open to organisations that have a not-for-profit legal form, e.g. charity, social enterprise and other voluntary organisations.
Eligibility & Criteria
Projects must meet both Rethink Ireland’s criteria and the specific criteria for the Engage & Educate Fund, as set out below:
Rethink Ireland Criteria
Engage and Educate Core Criteria
The project must address the issue of educational disadvantage* and seek to improve educational outcomes for people in the following age groups:
*Educational disadvantage refers to the situation where some individuals get less benefit from the education system than their peers
The project must focus on enhancing educational attainment for young people and adults in one or more of the following groups:
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 June 2nd 2021 at 5pm. To complete your application form online, you will need to upload financial and governance information including a three 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 is currently in receipt of a grant from Rethink Ireland, can I still apply?
No. If your organisation is currently being funded by Rethink Ireland, you cannot apply to the Engage & Educate Fund. We define a current Awardee as an organisation on one of our Funds that has grant payments remaining this year between June 2nd and December 31st 2021. If you are a former Awardee, you may still apply to this Fund.
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 (April 21st 2021 – June 2nd 2021)
Stage 2: Review the applications
Stage 3: Shortlisted applicants invited to interview – week beginning 5th July 2021
Stage 4: Interviews held – Thursday 15th July – 22nd July 2021
Stage 5: Final checks on short-listed applicants
Stage 6: Final decision by Rethink Ireland’s Board – September 2021
Stage 7: Inform successful applicants – September 2021
Can organisations make multiple applications?
Yes, organisations can make multiple applications. These applications must be for different projects.
Any further questions?
Contact the Engage & Educate Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
By applying for the Engage & Educate Fund, you agree to the following terms and conditions.
Any further questions?
Contact the Engage and Educate Team at email@example.com