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St Stephen's Green Trust General Grants Programme Accepting Applications

Thursday, 2nd February 2017

The St Stephen's Green Trust General Grants Programme 2017 is now inviting applications from organisations seeking to work in three areas: prisoners/ex-prisoners and their families; male Travellers and homelessness. Closing 9th Feb 2017.

Grants Focus
Prisoners / ex-prisoners and their families: Applications are invited from organisations working with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families. The Trust will 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: the Trust focuses on supporting work with Traveller men, with 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. The Trust is interested in initiatives which improve literacy levels and educational progression and projects which support physical and mental health. The Trust encourages fresh thinking around enduring issues and applications should include a pathway to sharing the learning at all levels.

Homelessness: the Trust has a limited capacity to support work on homelessness and is not in a position to fund general provision of services. The Trust 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.

Learn More
The above outline is not exhaustive. You must visit the Trust website to read full guidelines, which are detailed.
Visit Trust website now. http://www.ssgt.ie/general_grants_programme.html

Deadline for applications: 9 February 2017. Queries to: SSGT office: Tel: 045 480 666 or email info@ssgt.ie.

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