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Innovate Together Fund 2020

Responding to the need for new solutions in the 'new normal' post COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is unlike anything Irish society has had to deal with before. It has seen the emergence of new social, economic and environmental problems, which threaten the stability, sustainability, equality and inclusivity of the Ireland in which we all want to live and work. We believe innovation is the key to unlocking their solutions.

That is why Rethink Ireland has collaborated with the Department of Rural and Community Development to create the Innovate Together Fund. With an initial commitment of €5 million from the Department, Rethink Ireland has pledged to raise additional significant philanthropic funds for this initiative, which will be match funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We’re delighted to announce that we have received an incredible 481 applications to the first round of our Innovate Together Fund from every county in Ireland & across all the eligible issues from moving education online to new forms of work.

Because of this incredible response, we will postpone our June call for applications in order to consider in detail all of the first call applicants and reopen applications to this Fund on Wednesday, 22nd July. This means the final two rounds will be combined into one open call but will remain open for a longer period of time.

WHO CAN APPLY?

The fund will seek applications from projects achieving impact in: 

  • Enabling online education: providing primary and post-primary school students with access to technology hardware and any other necessary supports
  • Supporting youth mental health: delivering or offering new types of intervention and prevention services, perhaps in new ways
  • Promoting the circular economy: developing solutions for the efficient re-use and recycling of materials 
  • Improving food security: reducing reliance on food imports and increasing independent food production for Ireland
  • Innovating ways of working remotely: smoothing the transition from working in the office to working remotely, with it now a more accepted way of working 
  • Enhancing community outreach: finding new ways to reach and support vulnerable and marginalised groups
  • Re-skilling our workforce: re-training and re-educating workers with the shift in our economy and the potential closure of businesses
  • Physical health: innovating online medical and physical health solutions

WHAT DOES THE FUND OFFER?

  • Cash grants starting at €20,000 
  • A business supports package
  • A place on an online Accelerator Programme, which will be conducted through webinars
  • Project performance management

HOW DO WE APPLY?

We are delighted to announce that we have received an incredible 481 applications to our Innovate Together Fund. Applications have come from every county in Ireland, and across all the eligible issues from moving education online to new forms of work.  Because of this incredible response, we will postpone our June call for applications in order to consider in detail all of the first call applicants and will reopen applications on Wednesday, 22nd July. This means the final two rounds will be combined into one open call but will remain open for a longer period of time.

Do you have further questions?

Please contact innovatetogether@rethinkireland.ie