The Ignite Fund €550,000 fund created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 1 April 2019

What's new with Social Innovation Fund? 

Social Innovation Fund Ireland are delighted to announce the launch of The Ignite Fund. The Ignite Fund is a €550,000 fund created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with several private philanthropists and the Department of Rural and Community Development from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

‘Ignite’ means to ‘spark’ or ‘set in motion’. The objective of the Ignite Fund is to spark meaningful social impact in communities across Ireland by providing support to some of the most innovative charities and social enterprises.

We are now seeking applications from organisation's and projects who are ‘igniting’ impact across four categories which are listed below:


1. Empowering Families:

The Empowering Families Award will support projects working to unite and enable families to overcome challenges and to improve mental, physical or educational outcomes for children.

 (Supported by a Private Philanthropist)


2. Music To Impact:

The Music to Impact Award is open to innovative projects using music as a means to enhance wellbeing or promote social inclusion for children, young people or adults. 

Projects must be able to show a substantial impact on participants.

 (Supported by a Private Philanthropist)


3. Harnessing Ability:

The Harnessing Ability Award is open to organisations whose mission is to create economic opportunity for adolescents or adults with disabilities through innovative programmes that enhance skills, drive leadership potential and provide job opportunities.

Find out more here.

Supported by W2 Foundation & Ralph and Maureen Parkes


4. Youth Resilience

The Youth Resilience Award is open to innovative projects focused on the mental health of young people in Ireland in the context of increasing social and digital media use. 

Supported by W2 Foundation & Ralph and Maureen Parkes

The Ignite Fund is open for applications until the 31st May 2019. Visit for more information.