New fund for innovative equality projects
2018-05-01 14:59:27 -
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  A new equality fund worth €300,000 has been created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland.
 
  Developed in partnership with the Peter Kinney and Lisa Sandquist Foundation and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund, the fund is aimed at providing critical supports to social innovations to strengthen equality while supporting vulnerable communities in Ireland.
 
  Up to four organisations will each receive a grant of €50,000 to invest in growing their organisations. 
 
  In addition to the cash grant, the successful applicants will also receive a place on Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s six-month accelerator programme.
 
  The initial focus of the fund is to find and back innovative projects that focus on the LGBTI+ communities, migrants, prisoners and former offenders, and those affected by gender-based violence.
 
  Michael Barron has been appointed as the fund manager. Barron was the founding director of both BelongTo, Ireland’s national service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, and Equate: Equality in Education.
 
Applicants must have not-for-profit legal status to be considered for the Social Innovation Fund Ireland. The closing date for applications is Friday 18 May. 
 
For more information visit www.socialinnovation.ie.
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