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. The Department is now working on an updated strategy, for launch during 2019.
The Reconciliation Fund is due to move to an online application system in 2019. Further information on the new system and the timing of its introduction will be posted to this page nearer the time and also communicated via social media and other outlets.
Any queries in relation to the Reconciliation Fund may be submitted by email through the link at the bottom of this page or by calling the main Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s switchboard on 00353 (1) 4082000 and asking for Reconciliation and Commemorations section in the IUKA Division.
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 2017 was approximately €2.7 million, a figure that will be maintained in 2018.
Consideration for funding from the Reconciliation Fund will be based on the extent to which the proposed programme has the potential to contribute to:
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:
We will support projects which focus on the following priority themes:
General factors which will be used in assessing applications include:
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.
The Reconciliation Fund is due to move to an online application system in 2019. Further information on that system and the timing of its introduction will be posted to this page and also communicated via social media and other outlets.
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:
Fax number: 00 353 61 401012.
Detailed information is available at www.revenue.ie.
that the TC1 form is an application form you should send directly to the Irish Revenue Commissioners, and not to us.
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.
You must use our reporting template when writing reports
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.
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.
Ireland, United Kingdom and Americas Division,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Email: Submit your query here
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosts an annual Reconciliation Networking Forum in Dublin which brings together community groups who work in the field of reconciliation.