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general grant programme

this programme is closed until August 2017

grant criteria

The general grants programme 2017 invites applications from organisations seeking to work in three areas: prisoners/exprisoners and their families; male Travellers and homelessness. Grant criteria are detailed so please read the guidelines carefully. If your application doesn't fit within these areas it is unlikely we can fund it due to demand. Please also note the restriction around
organisational income limits detailed below.

In addition to the thematic areas outlined below and in line with our current strategy our general focus will be on
initiatives which are about demonstrating what works, social analysis and developing a user voice to effect positive social change. Projects should be ideas-driven – embracing new thinking, invention and innovation. We have a particular interest in supporting work in partnership with others and for which there are few opportunities for funding.

grants focus areas:

prisoners / ex-prisoners and their families: Applications are invited from organisations working with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families. We consider progressive initiatives focused on new approaches for: alternatives to custody; in-prison supports; through-the-gate supports; the availability of options to integrate the ex-prisoner back into society and initiatives working with prisoners’ families. Projects should include reflection and social analysis in the application, which allows the organisation to demonstrate what works or doesn’t work. Information gathered should be used to influence policy development and to effect change on some of the more difficult issues facing prisoners/ex-prisoners and their families. Development projects or start-up initiatives need to have a clear basis for future sustainability.

Travellers: We focus on supporting work with Traveller men - we have a particular interest in locally-based projects seeking to increase the participation of male Travellers in the development of their own community, including initiatives breaking new ground in family support, culturally-appropriate employment initiatives and personal development. We are interested in initiatives which improve literacy levels and educational progression and projects which support physical and mental health. We encourage fresh thinking around enduring issues and applications should include a pathway to sharing the learning at all levels.

homelessness: We have limited capacity to support work on homelessness and are not in a position to fund general provision of services. We will consider initiatives which seek to find new solutions to the current crisis in homelessness and disseminating what works. These initiatives should include social analysis, policy development and interventions which contribute to long term solutions to the current crisis.

technical assistance: The Trust will consider providing small amounts of funding to support small low-capacity organisations wishing to develop project proposals (which fit the general grant programme criteria), particularly those being developed on a collaborative basis. The funding can assist with payments to consultants/facilitators but not staff time. Costs which can be applied for include costs of convening a group to develop approaches, incidentals of meetings, study visits (within Ireland and the UK) and other supports to develop coherent and informed proposals. Maximum grants will be in the region of €1,500 with a lower average expected. Applications are through a one-page application form, available directly from the Trust. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Project proposals developed will need to meet the normal deadline dates for the general grant programme.

organisational income limits

The Trust does not accept applications from organisations with annual income (from all sources) above €500,000. This refers to the legal organisation, not just the department or regional office which might be making the application. Please check this carefully before you apply and if you're not sure check with the CEO or accountant. The limited exceptions to this criterion is detailed below.

this programme is closed until August 2017

how to apply

The Trust operates a two-step process. An application form (see below) should be filled out and emailed to the Trust by Thursday 9th February 2017. An initial assessment will be made, following which a decision will be emailed to you by 17th Feb. If the initial assessment is successful, you will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal. Decisions on final applications will be made by 7th April 2017 following which funded projects can begin.

We encourage applicants to contact us before completing the application form to ensure the project meets the Trust’s criteria. We will be happy to talk through your potential application or respond to an email and give direction on the type of projects and organisations which the Trustees will support.

We receive many more applications than we can support, and we examine each to assess the likelihood of it making a difference within your area of work.
Assessment Criteria include the following:

  • AC1: Does the proposal meet the grant programme focus areas? How does it rate in terms of: including a policy element; developing fresh thinking and analysis of issues; addressing ‘harder’, critical issues; building individual or organisational leadership; prompting invention and analysis; building institutional linkages and leaving some form of legacy, however small. We understand projects are unlikely to meet all these criteria.
  • AC2: How robust is the organisation’s Theory of Change? What evidence is there the organisation has reflected on the approach it is taking, has a clear idea of the project objectives and a vision for how it is going to achieve them?
  • AC3: Does the organisation already have a track record in doing this type of work – if not, what expert support has it leveraged to enable it to develop a good practice approach?
  • AC4: Does the project design give a reasonable assurance the objectives will be met – do the resources available match what the project is trying to achieve?
  • AC5: Has the organisation set out the specific actions it will carry out to achieve the objectives and is there a way of measuring those actions to determine if they were successful in achieving the objectives? Is the organisation clear about what constitutes success?
  • AC6: Is the organisation being strategic in leveraging resources from other organisations such as statutory or voluntary bodies which could help the project achieve its objectives? Have all available voluntary or in-kind resources been explored which could boost available resources?
  • AC7: Does the budget match the narrative in the application, are the figures realistic?
  • AC8: Is there evidence of inclusion of beneficiaries in the design of the project?

how to apply:
Check the guidelines carefully to ensure you are eligible.
Fill out the application form available here and follow the detailed instructions about submitting an emailed application.

queries to:
SSGT office: Tel: 045 480 666 or email

what type of funding do we offer?

The Trust will consider project or core costs. If core costs are being requested, the applicant will need to make a case for sustaining these costs in future years. The Trust is not in a position to offer multiannual funding in 2017. Maximum grants will be in the region of €15,000 per annum. The Trust accepts applications from voluntary or community organisations which are registered charities. If the organisation is not eligible to become a registered charity, it is unlikely we will fund it. Community Interest Companies or social enterprises ineligible for charity status are not eligible for grants from SSGT.

Income limit: With limited exceptions, SSGT only funds organisations with annual income below €500,000 under the General Grant Programme.
This is the total income of the legal organisation, not just the department or project in which you are involved. Exceptions: If your organisation has income from the following schemes you can deduct the amounts from your total income and if the balance is less than €500,000 the organisation is eligible to apply. Department of Social Protection employment support schemes such as CE; Jobsbridge; Tús and Rural Social Scheme, Jobs Initiative, Community Services Programme. There is also a specific exception for the HSE Primary Healthcare Programme funding to Traveller organisations, but not other HSE funds. Please contact the SSGT office to assess your eligibility before applying.

what we don’t fund: Capital costs; general appeals; retrospective funding, overseas work and individuals. We don’t fund organisations which are not registered charities, or ineligible to become registered charities. Only one application per organisation is accepted for each grant round and successful applicants cannot re-apply within 12 months.

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SSGT, PO Box 950, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Tel: (045) 480666. Email: info @ SSGT is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin. Company No: 447527. Registered Office: 75 Weston Pk, Churchtown, D14. SSGT has charitable status: CHY no 10449; CRA no 20026547. Directors: Stephen Rourke; Sr Maria McGuinness; Fr Mike Drennan; Donal O'Brien; Dearbhail McDonald; Avila Kilmurray

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