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What is the Seed Fund?

Do you need support with your Action Projects?

EIL wants to help you with your Global Citizen Award action project(s), activities or events which will raise awareness about the people and issues you have encountered during your time overseas by providing successful individuals and groups with grants of up to €200! Your action project can have a real impact on the way Irish people think about global issues and in turn bring about real change in the world. Grow your idea into action!

The EIL Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme exists to help returned volunteers to overcome financial barriers, time constraints or being able to access the necessary help and support. Providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects in Ireland. Volunteers can apply to the Seed Fund as individuals or as part of a group.

The Seed Fund is open for applications three times each year, Spring, Autumn and Winter. Keep an eye on our social media to stay updated and the Global Citizen Award Coordinator is always available to answer any queries you might have [email protected]

Some of the Main Features
  • The Spring round will open 15th February 2021 and the deadline for applications is 15th March 2021
  • Apply here: individual application
  • Apply here: group application
  • Projects to be completed within three months of receiving funds.
  • If you are unsure whether this opportunity is for you why not check out a video from one of our 2012 Seed Fund winners – Paul Mc Keown

Rules & FAQs

Applicants must use the application forms supplied.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Current deadline for submission of proposals: 15th March 2021.
  • Receipts of expenditure must be supplied to EIL.
  • All money unspent must be returned to EIL for redistribution to future projects.
  • Grant winners must submit a report on their project. Where possible this should include photos, videos or other media documenting your action or event. These photos and videos may be used for EIL for further promotional use.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback from the judges as to why their application was not successful and how it could be modified for any subsequent submission.
  • Once selected, applicants will be required to provide more detailed information on the planning and implementation of their project.
  • EIL considers the sustainability and environmental impact of each project. Please be mindful of this when developing printable resources and use an electronic version where possible.
  • Funding will not be granted retrospectively.
  • Please note that the projects can only be funded if they take place in Ireland.