Dept for Foreign Affairs and Trade - Reconciliation Fund

Update: The closing date has been extended to Tuesday 16th of April at 14.30. Though registration – the first part of the two-part process closes at noon the same day.

The Reconciliation Fund awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between traditions in Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain.

Criteria

Consideration for funding from the Reconciliation Fund will be based on the extent to which the proposed programme has the potential to contribute to:

  • Reconciliation through education, dialogue, culture and commemoration;

  • Promotion of tolerance and respect;

  • Challenging stereotypes of one’s own and other communities/identities;

  • Development and strengthening of meaningful and lasting cross-border links;

  • Academic research where the primary purpose relates to promoting reconciliation.

These areas of work will remain deliberately broad to remain accessible to a wide range of organisations and projects.

The Fund will focus its support through two thematic pillars, outlined as follows:

  • Repairing of those issues which lead to division, conflict, and barriers to a deeply reconciled and peaceful society;

  • Building a strong civil society that encompasses all communities, through the continued implementation of the Agreements and promoting a rights-based society, political stability and respect for all.

How to Apply

We provide grants on a once-off basis, but organisations may apply for funding in successive years or funding rounds.

Funding is generally awarded for project activities, but a contribution towards core running costs (salaries and overheads) and capital costs will also be considered, where they are directly attributable to the project or programme for which funding is sought. Where such costs are not directly related to particular projects, a contribution may still be considered if it is clearly demonstrated in the application form that the primary focus of the organisations’s work is in the area of peacebuilding and reconciliation, in line with the objectives of the Reconciliation Fund.

We do not generally give grants for events/activities that have already taken place, or travel off the island.

For further information and access to Grant Application Portal please visit https://www.dfa.ie/reconciliation

Deadline for 2019 applications: Sunday 14th April 2019*

*The closing date has been extended to Tuesday 16th of April at 14.30. Though registration – the first part of the two-part process closes at noon the same day.