St Stephen's Green Trust - Supporting Inter-community Practice and Activism (SIPA). Grants Available

St Stephen’s Green Trust (SGGT) has supported organisations working on issues of social justice in Ireland, north and south, over the past 25 yrs.  It believes that the strengthening of collaborative and supportive relationships within and between communities is essential for peace-building. This three year grant programme follows on from a two-year pilot for work focused on people working collaboratively on an inclusive and inter-community basis to address common issues and identifying barriers to inclusive work, and relationship-building, within and between communities and learning how these can be overcome. An interim report on the pilot is available on SSGT’s grant programme reports section.

The three-year programme - 2020-2022 – will focus on the following outcomes:

  • Supporting groups for grassroots work at a neighbourhood level that helps build confidence, relationships and effective activism amongst women and women’s groups; and/or young people and youth groups; and/or people involved in place-based activism around issues of common interest;

  • Work that builds confidence of participants and groups and builds and strengthens relationships within and between communities;

  • Work undertaken by geographical and/or thematic clusters of organisations that might be further developed with grant support.

SSGT aims to be flexible in the type of inter and/or intra-community work which might be supported but groups will need to clearly state why they believe their proposed programme of work will result in the outcomes sought by the grant programme.

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 per year will be available for work starting in Jan 2020 for three years. Annual reports are required and we will prioritise work which cannot be funded from other sources.

The programme includes a focus on learning and grantees will be required to gather information which allows them (and SSGT) to reflect on progress – if needed, support will be given for this.  Grantees will also be required to participate in a learning network of funded groups to share their experiences and reflections, both with each other and with SSGT.  This will involve two half-day meetings a year. 

Criteria for selection

Applicants must provide evidence that the proposed work offers,

  • the potential to provide a step change in ongoing work or work already taken,

  • the potential for the proposed work to strengthen local confidence, leadership and participation on an inclusive basis,

  • a willingness to engage in sharing and critical reflection,

  • evidence of the need for funding for the project

  • and the potential for long-term impact.

How to apply:

For further information and to download the application form, visit the website.

Enquiries and completed applications to: Orla O’Neill, Tel: +353 (0) 45 480 666 or email

Closing Date Friday 8th November 2019.

A decision will be made by Friday 13th December 2019 on the final selection of funded applications and work can start in January 2020.