The Freedom From Fear Fund is a €100,000, 6-month fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with the National Women’s Council, with support from Deloitte Ireland, Kinzen, the Drouillard Family Fund (via The Community Foundation of Ireland), SmartSimple, a private donor, and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
It will support up to three current Rethink Ireland awardees (see definition of current awardee below) on projects working to end gender-based violence in Ireland. These projects will be working on goals that address the deep-rooted cultural causes of gender-based violence, while also supporting victims/survivors of violence and their families through innovative service provision. The Freedom From Fear Fund will seek to address the issue of gender-based violence from both a preventative and protective lens.
Recognising that we cannot separate the root causes of violence from its impact, this Fund will work to protect survivors from violence and prevent gender-based violence from occurring.
This fund will work to support projects that:
*By using the word ‘supporters’ we acknowledge that in many cases, the survivor’s friends/neighbours may support the survivor rather than the family alone. The term is used by Rape Crisis Network Ireland.
Eligibility & Criteria
Projects must meet both Rethink Ireland’s criteria and the specific criteria for the Freedom From Fear Fund, as set out below:
Rethink Ireland Criteria
Freedom From Fear Fund-Specific Criteria
In addition to Rethink Ireland’s core criteria above, applicants must also meet the following Fund-specific criteria:
*We define a current awardee as an organisation and/or project on one of our Funds that has grant payments remaining at the time of application.
**Eligible projects will be those that are supported by an existing Fund and currently carrying out work related to the fund goals of the Freedom From Fear Fund.
***The children of women survivors in shelters have experienced trauma through witnessing violence against their mothers, or have experienced violence themselves.
Which projects cannot apply?
Projects that are not eligible to apply are:
Which applicants cannot apply?
If my organisation/project has previously been in receipt of an award from Rethink Ireland, can I still apply?
You must be an active awardee on one of our Funds in order to be eligible to apply to the Freedom from Fear Fund. We define a current awardee as an organisation and/or project on one of our Funds that has grant payments remaining at the time of application. If you have previously been in receipt of an award from Rethink Ireland but you are not an active awardee at the moment, unfortunately you are not eligible for this Fund.
If my organisation/project is currently in receipt of an award from Rethink Ireland, can I still apply?
Yes, this fund is specifically for current Rethink Ireland awardees. Organisations on one of our Funds that have cash grant payments remaining at the time of application are eligible to apply. Please contact your designated fund manager or email@example.com if you wish to clarify your eligibility.
Is this just for large-scale, national organisations?
No, it is not, and indeed we welcome applications from organisations of all sizes once it is a not-for-profit organisation with a legal form (see criteria above).
Can I apply for this funding even though I am still on the ideation stage?
Unfortunately no, this Fund needs to see proof that the project is up and running or at least has been tested and shown results in some way.
Can organisations make multiple applications?
Yes, there is nothing stopping your organisation from making more than one application for separate projects. However, due to the competitive nature of this Fund and its selection process, it is very unlikely that we will fund more than one project from any organisation. We encourage organisations to submit one strong application rather than multiple applications.
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 Fund.
Is it possible for organisations to collaborate in an application (e.g. a community development organisation and an educational provider)?
Only if the current awardee project is an existing collaboration. Please refer to the eligibility criteria to ensure that your project is eligible for funding.
* The Rethink Ireland Board will decide how much money to award, which may be less than the amount requested. The final amount of the award will depend on how many organisations are selected.
What can cash grants be spent on?
The cash grant must be spent on the project that won the award and must be ring-fenced for the work you are undertaking. The specific use of the cash grant will be agreed between Rethink Ireland and the awardee.
The funding may be used to cover operations/staff costs but you must be able to demonstrate in your application how this is facilitating you to run the project that you are applying for. Cash grants may not be used to pay off debts or for capital items such as renovations, or for vehicles, land, buildings or equipment.
What non-financial supports will be provided to successful applicants?
As active awardees, projects will still benefit from access to Rethink Ireland’s networks and have the opportunity to develop networks and contacts with the other awardees of the Fund which are often very valuable in the longer term.
What is expected of awardees?
Project leads will be expected to continue to spend a minimum of two days per week working on the awarded project and working towards agreed goals.
Applications to the Freedom From Fear Fund are now closed.
What happens after we submit our application?
How does the selection process work?
The selection process is very rigorous and consists of a number of stages:
Who will decide who wins the awards?
All applications will be reviewed thoroughly through a rigorous process. The Board of Rethink Ireland will make the final decision on successful applicants and the number and value of the final awards given.
How do applicants find out where they are in the selection process?
We will contact all applicants by email to let them know whether or not they have been shortlisted. When final decisions have been made on the successful applicants, we will contact all shortlisted applicants by phone or email to let them know whether they have been successful.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
By applying for the Freedom From Fear Fund, you agree to the following terms and conditions: