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autumn 2017 grant programme

What we fund
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. Maximum grants available are in the region of €12,000 to €15,000. The average grant in 2016 was €7,000. This Programme is funded by Porticus UK, the Daughters of the Cross of Liege and the Discalced Carmelites.

Criminal Justice
This programme supports work 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. Maximum grants available are in the region of €12,000 to €15,000. The average grant in 2016 was €7,000. This Programme is funded by Porticus UK, the Daughters of the Cross of Liege and the Discalced Carmelites.

Vulnerable Migrants
For the purposes of this grants programme we define vulnerable migrants as refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants living in severe poverty and hardship. The Trust recognises the severe disadvantage and poverty which can be experienced by vulnerable migrants living in Ireland. This includes families living in Direct Provision Centres in the Republic of Ireland, refused asylum seekers in Northern Ireland who often experience destitution and undocumented migrants in precarious employment. We invite applications from organisations working directly with individuals and families, supporting them in a practical, effective manner to integrate into their local community and to be treated with dignity while living in Ireland. All project work needs to be underpinned by a drive towards learning, improving practice, advocacy and positive social change as set out in our general criteria for funding. Maximum grants available are in the region of €12,000 to €15,000. This Programme is funded by Porticus UK, the Daughters of the Cross of Liege and the Discalced Carmelites.

Type of Funding

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. There is limited capacity for us to offer multiannual funding in this grant round.

Are you eligible?
The autumn grant programme will fund community and voluntary organisations across the island of Ireland which are registered charities. In addition to the thematic areas outlined above, SSGT is interested in funding work which is 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.

We expect proposals to have a clear sense of objectives, and of how to achieve them and we expect the grant to have a good chance of making a difference.

This grant programme does not accept applications from organisations with annual income over €500,000. This refers to the organisation, not just the department or regional office making the application. There are limited exceptions to this (outlined below).

Organisations can only submit one application per grant round. If that application is successful, a further application cannot be submitted until the grant is spent and a report has been made.

We are happy for applicants to contact the Trust office prior to filling out the form. Grants staff aim to be available to discuss applications by telephone or email, but are unable to meet with applicants prior to the submission of an application, due to limitations on staff capacity.

Please do not contact individual Trustees about your application, at any stage of the process.

We don’t fund: Capital costs; general appeals; retrospective funding, overseas work and individuals. We don’t fund organisations which are not registered charities, unless there is a pending application.

Income limit: With limited exceptions, SSGT only funds organisations with annual income below €500,000 in this Grant Programme. 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. If you’re unsure, please contact the SSGT office to assess your eligibility before applying.

Application Process

The Trust operates a two-step process, the first of which is to fill out an Expression of Interest form. The form should be emailed to the Trust by Thurs 21 Sept 2017. An initial assessment will be made, following which a decision will be emailed to you by Fri 6 Oct. If the initial assessment is successful, you will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal. Decisions on final applications will be made by 30 November 2017, following which funded projects can begin.

Technical Support Process: The Trust will consider providing small grants to support grassroots organisations wishing to develop project proposals for a grant application 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 grant programmes.

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

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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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