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EIL Seed Fund 2013

At EIL we believe that perhaps the most significant part of a short-term volunteer programme actually begins when participants return home to Ireland . On a long-term basis, the most effective way in which volunteers can truly make a difference is to educate others about global justice, the Global Goals and the lives of ordinary people in the global south.

EIL recognizes that it can be difficult for returned volunteers to continue their engagement here in Ireland. They may face financial barriers, time constraints or be unable to access the necessary help and support. The EIL Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme exists to assist returned volunteers to overcome these barriers by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects in Ireland. Volunteers can apply to the Seed Fund as individuals or as part of a group.

If you are unsure whether this opportunity is for you why not check out a video from one of our 2012 Seed Fund winners - Paul Mc Keown


Applications for the Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme are now OPEN!

Contact [email protected] for an application form today!!

Apply here: individual application 

Apply here : group application 


Below is an account of a project that was selected in round 1 of the 2016-2017 year.

Two EIL Mexico Travel Award recipients planned two photography exhibitions which included a presentation and a documentary on their experiences.

Action Project Poster

The photo exhibitions were held in Kilkenny and in Dublin. They arranged a venue in Kilkenny and n Dublin. The volunteers used a large youth centre in Kilkenny where some of the photos which best highlight their volunteering project were hosted. Photos were printed on A2 or A3 formats and framed them around the room. They arranged for a projector to screen the documentary and Power Point presentation. A nice touch to the event were the refreshments provided on the evening. and also some posters to put up around the town to promote the exhibition. 

Three projects were selected under this scheme in January 2013: An Upcycle Workshop with returned volunteers by Ana Barbu and Grainne O’Neill of Development Perspectives; A touring exhibition of paintings by Emily Price and Amy Bunce; A University guest speaker series by Engineers Without Borders.


Development Perspectives hosted a one-day workshop for returned volunteers to ‘upcycle’ furniture (chairs, tables, jewellery boxes, etc.) and learn about the connecting development education issues. The aim was for participants to have a deeper understanding of where products such as furniture made of wood come from, as well as gaining the perspective of making something new out of old products, to challenge the idea of waste and mass consumption.

Emily Price and Amy Bunce (EIL Intercultural Learing)

Emily Price and Amy Bunce from EIL Intercultural Learning created an exhibition of paintings based on photographs taken during their volunteerexperience in Guatemala. The exhibition is aimed at exploring women's empowerment and development education. The official launch was held in the Irish Aid volunteer centre in April 2013 and since then it has been displayed in several venues nationwide. Catalogues of the paintings were printed and were sent to the organisations that Emily and Amy established links with in Guatemala. If you missed the exhibition you can view a short video of the launch here.

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers without borders hosted a series of talks in Irish universities as part of their goal to engage engineers studying and working in Ireland with global development issues. The talks were delivered by a selection of speakers who have worked and volunteered in the development sector, with a view to educating and informing attendees on a range of areas and issues related to engineering in global development, using case studies to highlight both technical and non-technical challenges and successes and hopefully also sparking a debate on the role of the engineer in this work. The talks provided an opportunity for students and recent graduates to meet more senior, experienced engineers who have worked in this area and we hope that the networking opportunities presented will lead to the development of ideas, collaborations and future active EWB branches.

2012 Awarded Projects included: 

An African Workshop for children aged between 8 and 12 years to increase children's knowledge, understanding and awareness on development issues in a fun and interactive way. 

A Penpal Project between a national school in Co. Kerry and a primary school in Cape Town, South Africa, to promote awareness and understanding of a different culture through education and making a personal connection to a person in another country.


An Exhibition of Photography called Waiting for Rain, to present images of hunger in Kenya, from the 2011 East African drought, with an honest portrayal of the impact on urban and rural poor.

An Exhibition of Photography called Alternate Perspectives: Life in East Africa which aimed to highligh the challenges but also the abilities and resilience of the people in communities in Tanzania and Uganda.




Have you recently volunteered overseas? Do you want to continue to make a difference by sharing your experience and raising awareness in Ireland? By providing successful individuals and groups with grants of up to €200, EIL wants to help you to organise activities or events which will raise awareness about the people and issues you have encountered during your time overseas. Your project can have a real impact on the way people in your community think about global issues and in turn bring about real change in the world. Grow your idea into action!

Contact [email protected] for an application form. Filled applications can be submitted by email or by post to [email protected] or EIL Intercultural Learning, 1 Empress Place, Summerhill North, Cork.


Applicants must use the application form supplied.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 28th June 2018
  • Projects must be completed by: July 27 2018
  • Receipts of expenditure must be supplied to EIL before the 7th August 2018
  • All money unspent must be returned to EIL for redistribution to future projects.
  • Grant winners must submit a report on their project by the 7th August 2018. Where possible this should include photos, videos or other media documenting your action or event. These photos and videos may be used for EIL for further promotional use.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback from the judges as to why their application was not successful and how it could be modified for any subsequent submission.
  • Once selected, applicants will be required to provide more detailed information on the planning and implementation of their project.


  1. Who can apply?
    Individuals / groups with a passion to promote development issues and/or who are part of the EIL Network.
  2. What age do I have to be to apply?
    There is no age limit. If you are under 18, please include a reference on your application form from your parent or guardian.
  3. When is the closing date?
    Please see above for closing date
  4. Who will decide if I’m picked?
    A panel of judges made up of Development Education Committee members, EIL staff, and returned volunteers will assess the applications.
  5. When will I hear if I’ve been picked?
    All Seed Fund recipients  will be notified in June 2018
  6. Is there anybody in EIL who can help me with my application?
    For details on the application process or any other enquiries, you can contact [email protected]. The Global Education Committee members can also answer any further questions you may have. EIL Development Education staff can provide you with their contact details.
  7. Is there anybody who can help me implement my project?
    We encourage you to utilize your own resources in the planning and implementation of your project. Each award winner will also be directed toward a mentor to help and advise on your project. However, if you require additional support, the Gloabl Education staff is there to offer guidance and advice.
  8. Can we apply as a group?
    Yes. We encourage groups to apply, but will require one member of the group to act as a point of contact for EIL and to take overall responsibility for the project. Please be sure to complete the group application form.
  9. If my application is unsuccessful the first time, can I reapply?
    Of course! The judging panel will give you feedback on your first application and taking this into consideration we would encourage you to re-apply subsequently.
  10. I was a volunteer abroad with another organization but would like to apply for an EIL Seed Fund micro grant, am I eligible?
    If you have volunteered with another organisation previously, we also encourage you to apply. However, please ensure that your proposed project is relevant to the work of EIL and its partner organisations.
  11. Do I have to spend the maximum amount (€100 for individual projects and €200 for group projects)?
    No. The objective of the Seed Fund Micro Grant scheme is to award funds to projects of all sizes and costs up to the maximum amount.