Further to our article published on the 22nd May, (read here).
Rethink Ireland, who has collaborated with the Irish Government to create the Innovate Together Fund, have announced the official opening of Round 2 of the fund. The Fund is open from 22nd July - 12th August. This is the second and final call for applications to the Innovate Together Fund, originally there was a plan to have three calls. 481 applications were received in the first call, from every county in Ireland and across all eligible issues.
The fund which was established to support social innovation projects from across Ireland, who are acting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and helping them to continue the essential work they’re currently carrying out for individuals and communities across Ireland. Round 1 sought applications under eight strands. Round 2 seeks to focus investments in the below areas:
- Sustainable Ireland – innovative solutions which make Ireland more sustainable including projects which work in the areas of food provision, the circular economy, climate action and biodiversity
- Economic Recovery – innovative solutions that will aid the economic recovery through reskilling the workforce, youth employability and identifying new and innovative ways of working
- Community Outreach – innovative solutions to address the challenges COVID-19 has created on the most marginalised and vulnerable of society.
The fund has an initial commitment of €5 million from the Department of Rural and Community Development through the support of the Dormant Accounts Fund along with additional funding contributions off over half a million from corporate partners which include Z Zurich Foundation, Medtronic, Twitter and Oakfield Trust. The size of the Round 2 fund will depend on the donations that they can secure between now and the end of August.
How to Apply:
You can apply to the Innovate Together Fund via the online application form by Wednesday, 12th August at 5pm
More details can be found here.
For further information on the Innovate Together Fund, contact Evelyn Smyth, Senior Manager, Audit and Business Advisory at (090) 6480600.