Closed Fund

Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Recovery Fund

Closing Date
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Rethink Ireland is delighted to announce the continuation of our partnership with Bank of America to provide follow-on funding to Awardees from the Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund. The purpose of this additional funding is to support projects to empower women into sustainable employment. The funding will enable projects to embed new ways of working that address additional barriers and opportunities as a result of COVID-19, respond to the changing labour market, support projects to continue to scale, and increase their sustainability. This Fund is supported by Bank of America and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

This partnership is not a new Fund, but instead provides follow-on funding to projects that support the economic mobility of women in Ireland. All current Mná na hÉireann Women of Ireland Fund Awardees are invited to apply. This follow-on support means that for those successful Awardees, the Fund will be extended to December 2022. Impact goals will continue to be reported on and measured until Q2 2023.

Awardees can apply to the Mná an hÉireann Recovery Fund by requesting an Application Form from Applications will be open from Monday 11th October 2021 to Friday 5th November 2021 at 5 pm.

How does it work?

The Mná na hÉireann Recovery Fund will provide awards of up to €100,000 to existing Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund Awardees.

What type of projects are we looking for?

Fund Criteria

  • Projects must focus on supporting women within Ireland
  • Projects should address one or more of the following:
    – Enhancing economic mobility
    – Driving leadership potential
    – Increasing access to job opportunities
    – Building skills
  • Projects must have measurable social impact
  • Projects focus on women and girls who:
    – Are migrants or ethnic minorities
    – Are experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage
    – Have a physical or intellectual disability
  • Projects have a developed network and pipeline of participants
  • Projects will participate in helping to tell the narrative
  • Projects respond to the challenges and opportunities for beneficiaries and the labour market in light of COVID-19 and the recovery. This can mean either:
    – Meeting an increase in demand for the existing project (for example extending the project to another geographical region or age group)
    – An alteration of the existing project (for example adopting a hybrid model of delivery, an increased focus on digital literacy or job readiness skills)
    – An offering of a new innovative support to project participants
  • The innovation must work to effect change beyond the project’s goals and targets currently funded under the Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund.

Rethink Ireland Core 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 Ireland (it may also have potential internationally, but this is not a requirement)
  • 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

Who can apply?

Current Awardees of the Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund are invited to apply.

How do we apply?

Please request an Application Form from
The deadline for applications is Friday 5th November 2021 at 5 pm. 

Applicants will be asked to supply supporting documents including:

  • A completed budget (using the template provided)
  • Most recent audited accounts
  • Management accounts (using the template provided)

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of impact are we expecting?

The goals of the Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund are:

  • Continue to support the Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund awardees to double their organisational capacity
  • Work towards empowering 500 women into accredited training or education, moving them closer to employment
  • Reach overall goal of empowering 1,000 women into sustainable employment

What is the selection process?

The call for applications will open on October 11th.
The closing date for applications is November 5th at 17:00 GMT.
Interviews will take place between 22nd and 26th November 2021.
Successful applicants will be contacted in January 2022.


Terms and Conditions

By applying for the Mná na hÉireann Recovery 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.