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strategy 2014-2018

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strategy 2014-2018

background and strategic direction
In line with our stated aim of reflecting on the causes of social injustice and translating these into effective strategies for the Trust, in January 2014 we commissioned researcher, Brian Harvey, to undertaken an analysis of the social situation in Ireland, with a view to recommending how the St Stephen's Green Trust (SSGT) should develop its funding programme over the next few years. That analysis is available here.
Some decisions were made to build on our core strengths and continue to administer both small grant programmes and strategic grants for issues which affect Travellers and prisoners / exprisoners and their families. Our focus on homelessness will be limited and we will explore how we might best address the injustices faced by children and families in Direct Provision Centres and how we can support an evidence-based approach to policy making in the sectors in which we have a particular focus. We will continue to manage the Darndale Belcamp Oblate Grant Programme and implement the recommendations of the Evaluation as part of our exit strategy.

strategic aims
Over the next 3 to 5 years, we have six primary aims to give effect to our strategy to respond to particular inequalities which exist in Ireland.
1. Support the development and leadership capacity of Traveller men.
2. Support strategies which improve the lives and life chances of prisoners / exprisoners and their families.
3. Support strategies to improve the lives of asylum-seeker children and families in direct provision Centres.
4. Continue to manage the Darndale Belcamp Grant Programme.
5. Be flexible in our funding so we can support organisations seeking to address the root causes of inequalities in Ireland, particularly as they relate to our areas of particular interest. This will include broader approaches to rethinking the framework for engagement between the State and civil society so that user voice and social analysis of root causes will contribute to an evidential approach to policy development.
6. Support new thinking and approaches to the problem of homelessness in Ireland, with a particular focus on tackling homelessness outside of Dublin.

A number of related aims will support the primary aims.
7. Collaboration with other Trusts, Foundations and organisations to enhance our ability to achieve our primary aims.
8. Share our knowledge in a strategic way which drives the impact of our grantees' work.
9. Continue to improve our granting practice and ensure our grant programmes are relevant, challenging and make an impact in our grants focus areas.
10. Be an exemplar charitable foundation which reaches a high level of governance and upholds our stated values and commitment to the people with whom we work.

A number of objectives will be implemented under each aim, and reviewed on a periodic basis.


strategic objectives

1 Support the development and leadership capacity of Traveller men: Desk research and consultation with key stakeholders to develop a strategic grant programme to support this aim; General Grant Programme
2 Support strategies which improve the lives and life chances of prisoners / exprisoners and their families: General Grant Programme
3 Support strategies to improve the lives of asylum-seeker children and families in direct provision centres: Direct Provision Centre Grant Programme and Refugee Support Grant Programme
4 Darndale Belcamp Grant Programme: Manage the exit strategy from this Programme through the Community Grantwriter Initiative.
5 Be flexible in our funding so we can support organisations seeking to address the root causes of inequalities in Ireland, particularly as they relate to our areas of particular interest: Be responsive to opportunities which support this aim, including making small grants and collaborating with other organisations. Networking with other funders on how we might support an evidence-based approach to policy making. Networking with other funders to address the issue of the lack of State support for community & voluntary organisations advocating on behalf of their members / clients.
6 Support new thinking and approaches to the problem of homelessness in Ireland. General Grants Programme.
7 Collaboration with other Trusts, Foundations and organisations to enhance our ability to achieve our primary aims: Networking with other funders in pursuit of the primary aims on an ongoing basis;
8 Share our knowledge in a strategic way which drives the impact of our grantees' work. To be built into all grant programmes.
9 Continue to improve our granting practice and ensure our grant programmes are relevant, challenging and make an impact in our grants focus areas. Use evidence based approaches to good practice in grant-making; Implement the Code of Good Governance ensure good two-way communication with grantees. Develop technical assistance grant to allow potential grantees to improve project design for applications. Maximise the aim of targeting grants at areas of greatest need by having an added layer on the grant criteria which prioritises applications from areas of spatial distress.
10 Be an exemplar charitable foundation which reaches a high level of good governance and upholds our stated values and commitment to the people with whom we work. Journey towards signing up to Code of Good Governance, including Board Review, Annual Report, and performance review. Build relationships with funders through good impact reporting and seek new funding for our primary objectives.

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SSGT, PO Box 950, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Tel: (045) 480666. Email: info @ ssgt.ie. 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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