A helpline service for unmarried parents; a project using technology to address inequalities faced by asylum seekers, and an initiative helping young people succeed in the changing world of work. These are among the projects, announced today (13.9.21) by Rethink Ireland, that will receive funding as part of their Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund 2021-2022.
The Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund is a €600,000 one year fund created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth via the Dormant Accounts Fund. The objective of the fund is to support services who work with children and young people through the use of technology. The fund was interested in finding innovative collaborative projects using digital solutions to solve a problem, collect relevant data or scale resources for children and young people.
The fund will support nine projects that are all focused on supporting children and young people through the use of technology. Each Awardee will receive a cash grant (of up to a maximum of €50,000) and a place on a comprehensive six-month Accelerator Programme, which will focus on equipping the projects to scale, so they can reach more people in need of their work.
Three of the nine organisations who will receive funding include:
Rethink Ireland partnered with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) on this fund. Commenting today (13.9.21) Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman TD, said: “My Department is delighted to support Rethink Ireland’s Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund. The Awardees are doing fantastic work in communities right across the country in helping children and young people in various ways. Through this funding we hope that the projects can develop and expand and make the most of the benefits technology has to offer. This funding will make an important difference to the lives of children, young people, and their families.”
CEO of Rethink Ireland, Deirdre Mortell, added: “Rethink Ireland would like to congratulate the Awardees of the Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated adoption of technology by everybody from grandparents to children to workers. It is now essential for work, accessing public services, and connecting with friends and families. But we didn’t all start from the same place, so it is critical that we address the barriers that prevent people and organisations from using it. The Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund will play a key role in providing support to not-for-profit groups that are working to support children through the use of technology.”
The Children and Youth Digital Solutions Fund 2021-2022 is being funded under the What Works Initiative, through Dormant Accounts Fund, an initiative of the DCEDIY to maximise the impact of prevention and early intervention to improve outcomes for children and young people.
For more information and for a full list of the Awardees visit: https://rethinkireland.ie/awarded_fund/children-and-youth-digital-solutions-fund-2021-2022/