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Reconciliation Fund

The Reconciliation Fund awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between the traditions in Northern Ireland, the North and South, and Ireland and Britain.

The Reconciliation Fund Strategy 2014-2017 was launched on 9 June 2014. The strategy outlines the priorities for the Reconciliation Fund, ensuring that the Fund supports our vision of a reconciled Ireland and remains relevant, effective, and efficient in the coming years.

Applications to the Reconciliation Fund are currently being accepted and should be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday 19th September 2017. Further details below.

What we do

We give funding to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community groups, and voluntary organisations to support reconciliation and to create better understanding between people and traditions on the island of Ireland and between Ireland and Britain.

The Reconciliation Fund has been running since 1982, and was increased significantly in 1998, following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also operated an Anti-Sectarianism Fund in addition to the Reconciliation Fund in the period 2008-2014. In 2014, in accordance with the new Reconciliation Fund Strategy, the two funds have been merged into a single Reconciliation Fund. Anti-sectarianism is now mainstreamed throughout the entire programme and is of a number of priority areas to be addressed by the Fund.

The annual budget for the Reconciliation Fund in 2015 was approximately €2.7 million, a figure that will be maintained in 2016.

 

Am I eligible?

Criteria for the Reconciliation Fund

Consideration for funding from the Reconciliation Fund will be based on the extent to which the proposed programme has the potential to contribute to:

  • Reconciliation through education, dialogue, culture and commemoration;
  • Promotion of tolerance and respect;
  • Challenging stereotypes of one’s own and other communities/identities;
  • Development and strengthening of meaningful and lasting cross-border links; 
  • Academic research where the primary purpose relates to promoting reconciliation.

These areas of work will remain deliberately broad to remain accessible to a wide range of organisations and projects.

The Fund will focus its support through two thematic pillars, outlined as follows:

  • Repairing of those issues which lead to division, conflict, and barriers to a deeply reconciled and peaceful society;
  • Building a strong civil society that encompasses all communities, through the continued implementation of the Agreements and promoting a rights-based society, political stability and respect for all.

We will support projects which focus on the following priority themes:

Reconciliation Fund

Decisions

General factors which will be used in assessing applications include:

  • Geographical location of activity, with the aim of ensuring a suitable spread of funding;
  • Value for money of the project;
  • The organisation’s financial management capacity and sustainability;
  • The funding environment for the particular sector.

How to apply

We provide grants on a once-off basis, but organisations may apply for funding in successive years. Funding is generally awarded for project activities, but a contribution towards running costs will also be considered.

We do not generally give grants for capital costs, salaries, events/activities that have already taken place, or travel off the island.

Funding 2017

The most recent round of funding closed on 10th March 2017. Applications for the next round of funding should be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday 19th September 2017. All applications must be signed and sent by post (see address below).

What you need to provide

To apply to the Fund, you should send us the following documents:

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  • A fully completed bank details form. Please complete all the boxes on the form – including the IBAN and Swift Code. If you do not, we will have to return the application to you
  • Letter of support from any partner organisations. We are looking for letters from any organisations, which will be directly involved in the project, so that we know that they have agreed to carry out the project. There is no need to submit general support or reference letters.
  • A valid tax clearance certificate issued by the Irish Revenue Commissioners, for any applications of €10,000 or more.
  • All reports and accounts due for previous grants. Please contact us if you want to check whether your reports are due

We cannot process your application unless you submit all of the above documents before the deadline

Where to send your application

You can post documents to:

Reconciliation Fund,
Ireland, United Kingdom and Americas Division,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2.
D02 VY53

Tax clearance

If you are applying for €10,000 or more in a 12-month period, you must submit a valid Tax Clearance Certificate with your application. This certificate is issued by the Irish Revenue Commissioners. Obtaining a tax clearance certificate is a very straightforward process and it can be done by email.

If your organisation is resident in the State you should be able to apply online for a tax clearance certificate.

If your organisation is resident in Northern Ireland or in Great Britain you should complete  Form TC1 (PDF, 259kb) and send it directly to the Irish Revenue Commissioners at:

nonrestaxclearance@revenue.ie or

Fax number: 00 353 61 401012.

Detailed information is available at www.revenue.ie.

Please note…..

that the TC1 form is an application form you should send directly to the Irish Revenue Commissioners, and not to us.

Reporting

You should submit a report to us once the project is completed or once the time period for the project has finished.

You should also send us the annual accounts for the organisation. If the grant is over €12,500, the organisation’s accounts should be externally audited.

Our grant should be clearly listed as a separate entry in the accounts, labelled as: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Reconciliation Fund.

Use the reporting template

You must use our reporting template when writing reports

Previous grants

2017

Download the full list of grants awarded in 2017 under Tranche 1 of the Reconciliation Fund.

2016

Download the full list of grants awarded in 2016 under Tranche 1 of the Reconciliation Fund and Tranche 2 of the Reconciliation Fund. Also available is the press release accompanying the Minister’s announcement of this Tranche 1 of funding.

2015

Download the full list of grants awarded in 2015 under Tranche 1 and under the Strategic Partnership scheme of the Reconciliation Fund, and under Tranche 2 of the Reconciliation Fund.

2014

Download lists of the grants awarded in 2014 under Tranche 1 of both the Reconciliation Fund and Anti-Sectarianism Fund, and under Tranche 2 of the Reconciliation Fund

2013

Download lists of the grants awarded under the Reconciliation Fund and Anti-Sectarianism Fund in 2013.

2012

Download lists of the grants awarded under the Reconciliation Fund and Anti-Sectarianism Fund in 2012.

Contact Address

Reconciliation Fund,
Ireland, United Kingdom and Americas Division,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2

D02 VY53

Email: Submit your query here