The Glas Communities Fund is a €200,000 fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Ornua Co-operative Limited and the Irish Governmentvia the Dormant Accounts Fund. The Fund will back innovative solutions which are working to build green sustainable communities in Ireland.
The Glas Communities Fund will support proven social innovations with an environmental and community impact to grow and scale across the country. Projects with a focus on rural development will have an advantage. Please note that this Fund is only open to organisations that have already received funding from Rethink Ireland (previously Social Innovation Fund Ireland).
You can apply to The Glas Communities Fund via this online application form from 4th May 2021 to Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 5pm.
The Glas Communities Fund will provide a package of awards and supports to innovative not-for-profit organisations that are working to build green, sustainable and rural communities in Ireland. There will be up to five awards available in total, and each Awardee will receive a cash grant, mentoring support and a comprehensive six-month Accelerator programme.
The Fund is open to previous Rethink Ireland Awardees who meet the criteria below.
Eligibility & Criteria
Projects must meet both Rethink Ireland’s criteria and the specific criteria for The Glas Communities Fund, as set out below:
Rethink Ireland Core Criteria
Glas Communities Fund Specific Criteria
What projects are not eligible?
Projects that are not eligible to apply are:
Which applicants cannot apply?
Applicants that are not eligible to apply are:
You can apply to the Glas Communities Fund via this online application form from Tuesday 4th May 2021 to Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 5pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Glas Communities 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 (4th May 2021 to 25th May 2021)
Stage 2: Review the applications
Stage 3: Shortlisted applicants invited to interview – week beginning 7th June 2021
Stage 4: Interview held – week beginning 21st June 2021
Stage 5: Final checks on short-listed applicants
Stage 6: Final decision by Rethink Ireland’s Board – week beginning 2nd August 2021
Stage 7: Inform successful applicants – week beginning 9th August 2021
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 Glas Communities Fund.
Any further questions?
If you have any further questions or aren’t sure whether you are eligible please contact Ellie O’Sullivan at email@example.com
By applying for the Glas Communities Fund, you agree to the following terms and conditions.