At EIL we believe that 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 people in the Global South.

The EIL Seed Fund exists to assist returned volunteers and change-makers to overcome barriers by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects in Ireland. You 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 a previous seed Fund Awardee – Paul Mc Keown

Why the Seed Fund?

Do you want to continue to make a positive change and increase awareness and understanding of global development issues among the Irish public? 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 of the Sustainable Development Goals and Global Justice. 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!

Past Projects

Lívia Mendes de Almeida hosted an art therapy workshop centred on gender equality with the support of the EIL Seed Fund. Lívia says “The experience of being a woman is not uniform. Being a woman in Brazil, for example, is totally different from being a woman in India or Ireland. In the workshop, women expressed through art how they perceive their experiences against the backdrop of the discussion on gender equality.”


How to Apply

Apply for the EIL Seed Fund online: APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 ARE CLOSED!

Applications for the Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme are open 14th March – 15th April 2022.

Alternatively, you can find pdf versions of the applications below;

Download Individual Application Here

Download Group Application Here

Filled applications can be submitted by email or by post to [email protected] or Seed Fund, EIL Intercultural Learning, Classic House, 11-13 Washington Street, Cork

The Rules

Applicants must use the application forms supplied.

Application rules are as follows:

  • Current deadline for submission of proposals: 15th April 2022.
  • Receipts of expenditure must be supplied to EIL.
  • All money unspent must be returned to EIL for redistribution to future projects.
  • Grant winners must submit a report on their project. 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.
  • EIL considers the sustainability and environmental impact of each project. Please be mindful of this when developing printable resources and use an electronic version where possible.
  • Funding will not be granted retrospectively.
  • Please note that the projects can only be funded if they take place in Ireland.

FAQ's Seed Fund

Individuals / groups with a passion to promote development issues and/or who are part of the EIL Network.