Skip to main content

Reconciliation Fund

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

The Reconciliation Fund operates two main general funding rounds each year (in spring and autumn), and a Strategic Partnerships scheme. Applications to the Strategic Partnership scheme will be accepted from Monday 24th May to Friday 11th June 2021 and further details on how to apply can be found below.

NEW Reconciliation Fund Strategy 2021-2024

We are delighted to report that following extensive engagement with our funding partners and others working in the field of peace and reconciliation, a new 2021-2024 Reconciliation Fund Strategy has been approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in order to guide the work of the Reconciliation Fund over the coming years. While the new strategy will be formally launched by the Minister as soon as Covid-19 restrictions permit, it has already come into effect from 15 March 2021.

The strategy outlines an updated set of funding priorities and criteria for the Reconciliation Fund, to ensure that the Fund supports our vision of a reconciled Ireland and remains relevant, effective, and efficient over the coming years. A summary of these funding priorities and criteria can be found in the Am I Eligible? tab below. Potential applicants should also consult the new Strategy document itself.

As well as setting out overarching themes and priority areas, the new Strategy outlines how the Reconciliation Fund can provide, in addition to direct project funding, Core Operational and Capital funding to support the important work of peace and reconciliation.

Current General Funding Rounds

The current Spring funding round opened on Monday 22nd March and applications were accepted through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s online grant application system for just short of three weeks until the round closed on Thursday 8th April. It is hoped that decisions on funding applications will be communicated by late June or early July 2021 and that grant payments to successful applicants will issue soon after.

The autumn funding round normally opens in early September. Further information on the autumn 2021 round will be posted to this webpage in late summer.

‌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.

All applications to the Reconciliation Fund are assessed using the criteria laid out in the Reconciliation Fund Strategy 2021 - 2024 . It is important when considering your eligibility for the fund that you look at this document and reflect on whether your project meets the aims laid out in it. The Reconciliation Fund supports many unique, diverse and important projects which all have a unifying thread – they all aim to play a part in creating a better relationship and understanding between traditions on the island of Ireland and between Ireland and Britain. The Reconciliation Fund can support many aspects of proposed projects, including core and capital costs (see further information under How to Apply tab). 

Background of the Reconciliation Fund

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 operated an Anti-Sectarianism Fund in addition to the Reconciliation Fund in the period 2008-2014. Since 2014, in accordance with the 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 one of a number of priority areas to be addressed by the Fund.

The last number of years has seen an increased commitment by the Government to supporting the Reconciliation Fund. In May 2018, it was announced that the annual budget for the Reconciliation Fund would be increased from €2.7 million to €3.7 million, and as part of its commitments set out under Annex B of the January 2020 “New Decade, New Approach” agreement, the Government renewed its commitment to maintaining this increased level of funding. Since then, reflecting in particular the wide-ranging implications of Brexit and the impact of Covid-19 on community and voluntary sector organisations working in peacebuilding, the Government has committed to further increasing the Reconciliation Fund’s budget.

‌In line with our new Reconciliation Fund Strategy 2021 - 2024‌, on this tab you will find guidance on the eligibility criteria which we will apply to applications for Reconciliation Fund support in our spring 2021 funding round

Please note that while these criteria will also apply to our Strategic Partnerships multi-annual funding stream (due for roll-out in the first half of 2021), some additional specific criteria may also apply in that case (including that it will be open only to organisations who have received a Reconciliation Fund grant during the period since 1 January 2018).  Any additional criteria will be included when the call for applications is being made.

 

Eligibility - Our Funding Priorities:

The following sets out our funding priorities, in line with our new Reconciliation Fund Strategy 2021 - 2024 :

Thematic Pillars

Our funding priorities continue to be rooted in two key overarching thematic pillars – repairing and building.  For 2021-2024, the Reconciliation Fund will focus its support on reconciliation and peacebuilding work that seeks to:

  • Repair those issues which lead to division, conflict, and barriers to a deeply reconciled and peaceful society;

                                                          and/or

  • Build 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.

 

Priority areas

Applications should be in line with one or both of these overarching pillars, while also focusing on one or more of the Reconciliation Fund’s priority themes/activities.  Requests for funding support should therefore involve projects which support at least one of the following priority areas:

 

  • Through dialogue or other means, seek to build understanding between peoples and traditions, whether within Northern Ireland, on a North-South basis, or on a British-Irish basis.
  • Promote inter-community links and reduce segregation in Northern Ireland, including in the areas of integrated education and housing, and the use of shared community spaces.
  • Build sustainable North-South links through the development of relationships and connections.
  • Develop and deepen relations between Ireland and Britain.
  • Seek participation in the most hard-to-reach and marginalised communities (in terms of economic and social deprivation), or those not normally involved in reconciliation and peace-building work, in line with the Government’s commitments made at the time of the NDNA Agreement.
  • Seek to address the legacy of violence during the Troubles.
  • Specifically target sectarianism, and which are aimed at eliminating sectarianism from society.
  • Help to tackle paramilitarism and support the transitioning of members of paramilitary groups to peaceful, democratic activities.
  • Employ a transgenerational approach, helping a younger generation to be more aware of the recent past and to break the cycles which are barriers to long term reconciliation.
  • Develop the role of women in peace-building and civic and political life, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and which build their capacity to take their rightful place as leaders in society.
  • Educate and illuminate the events of the past, and in particular the events of the Decade of Centenaries, in order to deepen understanding and promote respect and tolerance between different groups and traditions. 
  • Explore issues around identity (including language and other cultural traditions) in ways that promote understanding, tolerance and inclusivity, or help to recognise the common aspects of traditions and identities shared by different groups.
  • Involve academic research likely to significantly promote mutual understanding, peace and reconciliation, including in the context of the Government’s commitment at the time of the NDNA Agreement to commission research on the challenges faced by border communities (with a particular focus on minority communities in border counties).
  • Empower diverse, underrepresented or new voices to articulate their views on issues relating to reconciliation.
  • Assist communities from different traditions in trying to build a shared vision of the future.

 

Other factors guiding consideration of applications

In addition to assessing whether applications contribute under the thematic pillars and key priority/activity areas outlined above, we will be guided by a number of other factors in considering funding applications:

 

General factors:

General factors which will be used in assessing applications will include:

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

Methodology:

The Reconciliation Fund welcomes applications that propose new and innovative approaches, as well as those that use methods rooted in current practice. We also welcome applications that use any of a wide number of approaches to bring people from different backgrounds together (e.g. arts, culture, sports, skills development, dialogue) exploring how society can address issues of common concern to all.

In the case of more sectorally based projects (sports, community services, skills development e.g. for employability etc.), in terms of eligibility for funding, it is not sufficient to have groups come together on a cross-community and/or cross border basis. There must be a project component that allows for facilitated focus on broader issues that are relevant to reconciliation.  The intention would be to encourage participants to engage with each other and listen to each other’s perspectives/narratives, to stimulate reflection and discussion, to promote understanding and tolerance and ultimately to help develop links and relationships.

For example, in the case of sports related applications, while it would have merit in its own right to bring groups together to receive coaching and/or play matches/tournaments, there would need to be a further dimension to the project as outlined above.  One possible approach would be to incorporate into the project facilitated sessions that would explore any/all of the following: i) issues of culture/identity (including those associated with particular sports), ii) experiences of sectarianism, iii) participants’ levels of practical knowledge/understanding of lived experiences of those from other traditions etc.    

 

Support for new generations of practitioners:

We recognise that Reconciliation cannot be achieved without a sufficient cohort of dedicated well-trained practitioners who can carry on into the future the vital work of many who have dedicated themselves to peace and reconciliation since the very difficult years prior to the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. 

In order to support the emergence of a new generation of people working to build peace and reconciliation, we will therefore consider applications that seek to  provide young adults working in the sector with the skills and knowledge which will help them to play an active role in that work.

 

Capacity-building for organisations:

We recognise that there is a wide spectrum of groups of different sizes and capacities working in reconciliation.  The Reconciliation Fund is open to supporting organisations to build up their own capacity where the organisation can show an identified need while also demonstrating that it has strong potential to carry out useful work in line with our priorities. 

 

Potential for transmission of learning:

The potential for projects to produce learning which is useful both to project organisers themselves and to others working in the sector is important. Both the Reconciliation Fund and the organisations we support have a role to play in ensuring that learning from their projects is shared, so we particularly welcome funding proposals which include structured plans for achieving this.


 

 

General guidance

The Reconciliation Fund awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between traditions in Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain.  Applicants are advised to study the Reconciliation Fund Strategy 2021-2024 to ensure that their funding proposals are aligned with the criteria and key priorities of the Fund. 

Grants awarded by the Reconciliation Fund are made on a once-off basis to support the activities outlined in a given application, but organisations may apply for funding in successive years or funding rounds. This may include work programmes that expand or further develop an earlier project already carried out by the organisation.

Two general funding rounds are held each year, usually in spring and autumn.  

 

What I can apply for

Funding in these rounds is awarded for a 12-month period and can cover the direct cost of Project activities, Core Operational costs, or Capital costs.

Support for Project activities can cover a range of costs e.g. venue hire, catering, preparation of resources/materials, facilitation fees, travel costs for participants, etc.     

Applications for funding to support projects may also include a request for support for Core Operational costs, such as salaries and overheads, and Capital costs, where they are directly attributable to the project or programme for which funding is sought e.g. in cases where salary costs are incurred for the purpose of managing/coordinating/administering the project or rent/heat/light/phone charges etc. are incurred in order to deliver it.

We will also accept stand-alone applications for either Core Operational or Capital costs where they are not directly attributable to a particular project.  In those cases, it should be clearly demonstrated in the application form that a primary focus of the organisation’s work (and of the costs in question) is to further the work of peacebuilding and reconciliation in line with the objectives of the Reconciliation Fund Strategy.

We do not generally give grants for events/activities that have already taken place, or travel off the island of Ireland. However, in certain circumstances, we will consider supporting the cost of travel to and from Britain, where such travel is deemed essential for the successful implementation of the project.

 

Current Funding Round

The current spring 2021 funding round opened on Monday 22nd March and applications were accepted through the Department of Foreign Affairs’ online grant application system for just short of three weeks until the round closed on Thursday 8th April.  It is hoped that decisions on funding applications will be communicated by late June or early July 2021 and that grant payments to successful applicants will issue soon after.

 

Strategic Partnership (multi-annual) funding applications

In 2021, the Reconciliation Fund will launch a second phase of our multi-annual Strategic Partnership Funding Stream, following a successful initial pilot under our previous strategy. This will provide organisations who have previously been awarded a Reconciliation Fund grant in the period since 1 January 2018 the opportunity to apply for multi-annual funding, as outlined in our new Strategy.

 A call for applications will be announced in the coming months.  We will post full details to this webpage and also communicate the call for applications via the twitter account of the Department of the Foreign Affairs.

 

Covid-19 – guidance for future applicants

The Department of Foreign Affairs appreciates that the organisations we support through the Reconciliation Fund have been facing many new challenges as a result of Covid-19 and that their capacity to deliver certain projects and events may be adversely affected by the public health restrictions and guidance required to manage the pandemic.

We will therefore welcome, in any upcoming funding round, innovative approaches that allow for delivery of projects in a manner that is effective but also protects the health and safety of all involved in line with any public health restrictions/guidance that apply in the relevant jurisdiction at that time. 

It is important, when applying for a new grant, that organisations clearly and explicitly incorporate the impact of Covid-19 restrictions into their applications. It will be necessary to demonstrate in all relevant parts of an application that you have considered the implications of the pandemic in drawing up your project plans and budget proposals. If you have contingency plans in place for your project to allow for potential further public health restrictions, these should be clearly outlined in the application, along with any relevant financial implications. 

In that context, where existing Reconciliation Fund supported projects are already significantly delayed due to Covid, previous grantees applying in an upcoming funding round should carefully consider whether they have the capacity to commit to delivering new projects, or if their request for funding support should be directed more towards Core Operational costs.

 

Online application system

For those considering applying in our next funding round, a user guide is available to assist with using our online application system. This guide includes (in its appendix) details of the questions which applicants are required to complete during the registration and application stages of the process.

Applicants are recommended to consult the user guide before starting to use the online system and to have it to hand as they complete the online application process, step by step.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is also available to assist applicants.

If you have any questions about the online applications process, please consult the user guide and the Frequently Asked Questions documents first. If they do not provide an answer, please feel free to contact a member of our team by email through the link at the bottom of this page or by calling the Department of Foreign Affairs switchboard on 00353 (1) 4082000 and asking for Reconciliation Section in the IUKA Division.

 

Additional Documentation required with online applications

Please note, for future funding rounds, that certain documents must be uploaded along with the online application, as follows:

Applicant organisation's Most Recent Accounts

All applicants are required to provide a copy of their organisation’s most recent annual final accounts/financial statements, or (if your organisation is newly formed), a declaration of no income/expenditure signed by the Treasurer and another Board or Committee member (on headed official paper if available), along with evidence of a bank account, e.g. copies of a bank statement.

Tax Clearance Certificate for the organisation

If you are applying for a grant of €10,000 or more (or if your request, combined with any Reconciliation Fund grants already approved for your organisation within the current calendar year, amount to €10,000 or more) you are required to provide a valid Tax Clearance Certificate. A Tax Clearance Certificate is issued by the Irish Revenue Commissioners and is required to process a payment from any Irish Government Department, regardless of where in the world the payee is located. Obtaining a resident or non-resident tax clearance certificate is a very straightforward process which can be completed by email. Details on how to obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate can be found online through the Revenue Commissioners’ website: http://www.revenue.ie/en/business/running/tax-clearance.html. The Revenue Commissioners will issue a tax clearance certificate, and it is this certificate which should be submitted with your online funding application.

 

Application Check List

Before beginning your application to the Reconciliation Fund, it is important to check that you have the following (where applicable) to hand:

  • The organisation’s most recent annual accounts/financial statements (for further information, see above).
  • If you are applying for a grant of €10,000 or more, a Tax clearance certificate (for further information see above).
  • The names and job titles of members of the organisation’s board.
  • Details in relation to your organisation – its aims, objectives, governance arrangements, the background of those who participate in and avail of its programmes, financial information including a strategy for financial sustainability.
  • A well laid out and detailed project plan that meets the aims set out in the Reconciliation Fund Strategy document and explicitly states how it will fulfil these aims.  
  • Under the Organisation and Project tabs of the application, information on the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on the organisation and on the particular project for which funding is being sought (see above for further information under “Covid-19 - guidance for future applicants”).
  • A detailed Project Budget that accounts for all money requested in the application, corresponds with the details laid out in the Project Activities section of the application and demonstrates clearly how and on what that money would be spent.  If the layout of the Project Budget tab on the online system does not allow you to submit a sufficiently detailed breakdown of the budget, you can use the ‘Attachments’ tab of the system to upload a more detailed supplementary table/spreadsheet.

 

Contact us
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 Department of Foreign Affairs switchboard on 00353 (1) 4082000 and asking for Reconciliation section in the IUKA Division.

Reports

You must submit a report to us once the project has been completed or within 12 months of the date of receipt of the grant (whichever is the earlier date).

Reports should be submitted by email directly to the Reconciliation Fund team through your regular point of contact or via reconciliation@dfa.ie.

You should use our reporting template when preparing reports. Please note that some applicants have reported difficulties opening the template directly from our link (see below). This problem arises when particular internet browsers are used on an applicant's computer/device and it can easily be solved by following the simple instructions below.

Right click on this link to the reporting template and save a copy of the file to your computer (usually by clicking "Save Target As" or similar). When you open this file directly from your computer, it should open automatically with Adobe Acrobat and you should not have any further problems

 

Financial Accounts

You are required to submit along with the final project report,  the annual final accounts for the organisation. The relevant accounts are those for the financial year in which you received payment of the grant from the Reconcilation Fund.  Our grant must be clearly listed as a separate entry in those accounts, labelled as: Department of Foreign Affairs– Reconciliation Fund.

If the grant is over €12,500, the organisation’s accounts must be externally audited.

Failure to submit reports and accounts in a timely manner may impede your organisation’s ability to receive future support from the Reconciliation Fund.

2020

Download the full list of grants awarded in 2020 under Tranche 1 of the Reconciliation Fund 2020.

 

2019

Download the full list of grants awarded in 2019 under Tranche 1 of the Reconciliation Fund 2019 and Tranche 2 of the Reconciliation Fund 2019.

 

2018

Download the full list of grants awarded in 2018 under Tranche 1 of the Reconciliation Fund 2018 and Tranche 2 of the Reconciliation Fund 2018.

2017

Download the full list of grants awarded in 2017 under Tranche 1 of the Reconciliation Fund and under Tranche 2 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.

 

Covid-19 and previously issued Reconciliation Fund grants/projects

The Department of Foreign Affairs appreciates that the organisations we support through the Reconciliation Fund have been facing many new challenges as a result of Covid-19 and that their capacity to deliver certain projects and events may have been adversely affected by the public health restrictions required to manage the pandemic.

We know that it has not been possible to complete certain projects within the original 12-month timeframe and that many grants are only partly spent as a result.  We hope that with the roll-out of national vaccination programmes, this situation will improve during 2021 and that the pace and manner of delivery of the peace and reconciliation work that we support will gradually return to pre-pandemic norms. 

This will of course take time, and in the interim, we will continue to be as flexible as possible with organisations regarding previously issued grants.  This will include, where appropriate, in relation to extension of project timelines, completion of a project via alternative delivery methods and reallocation of unspent funds towards necessary Covid-19 response initiatives in the community or core operational costs of the organisation.

We ask organisations (whether funded in our autumn 2020 round or earlier) to keep us updated in relation to the impact of Covid-19 on those ongoing projects.  If you find that it will not be possible to deliver some or all planned project activities as originally proposed and within the normal 12-month period from initial receipt of the grant, you should email the Reconciliation Fund team.  We will consider all reasonable requests for extensions and/or adaptations to projects (as outlined above) and related readjustments to approved budget lines. We remain committed to supporting organisations to allow them to deliver their projects in a timely and safe manner.

We will be monitoring developments and updating this information when necessary, so please continue to check this webpage.

Covid-19 and upcoming Reconciliation Fund applications

For now, organisations will need to continue to factor in the impact of Covid-19 when preparing applications to any upcoming funding round: 

  • In setting out proposals in any new funding application, they will need to demonstrate that they have factored into their planning the potential for Covid-19 to continue to impact on timing/delivery of new projects.
  • They will also need to provide a written update on the status of any existing Reconciliation Fund grants where it has not been possible to complete projects due to the impact of Covid-19.
  • In that context, where existing Reconciliation Fund supported projects are already significantly delayed due to Covid, previous grantees should carefully consider, when applying in any upcoming funding round, whether they have the capacity to commit to delivering new projects, or if their request for funding support should be directed more towards Core Operational costs.

Further information on what is required is set out in the How to Apply tab.    

Contact Us
Any queries/requests in relation to the Reconciliation Fund may be submitted by email through the link at the bottom of this page or by calling the Department of Foreign Affairs’ switchboard on 00353 (1) 4082000 and asking for Reconciliation section in the IUKA Division.

Strategic Partnerships

The Reconciliation Fund is now inviting funding applications under its Strategic Partnerships scheme. The scheme provides recent Reconciliation Fund partners with an opportunity to apply for multi-year funding, and reflects the Fund’s commitment, set out in the new Reconciliation Fund Strategy for 2021-2024, to partner with organisations seeking to develop a more strategic long term approach to reconciliation work.

The deadline for applications is 11th June 2021.

The Reconciliation Fund awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between traditions in Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain.  Applicants are advised to study the Reconciliation Fund Strategy 2021-2024 to ensure that their funding proposals are aligned with the criteria and key priorities of the Fund. 

Our funding priorities continue to be rooted in two key overarching thematic pillars – repairing and building.  For 2021-2024, the Reconciliation Fund will focus its support on reconciliation and peacebuilding work that seeks to:

  • Repair those issues which lead to division, conflict, and barriers to a deeply reconciled and peaceful society;

and/or

  • Build 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.

The following eligibility criteria must be met under the Strategic Partnership scheme:

  • The proposed programme should correspond closely to the priority themes set out in the Reconciliation Fund Strategy 2021 -2024.
  • Applicants should have been a recipient of a Reconciliation Fund grant in the period since 1 January 2018.

Successful applications under the Strategic Partnerships scheme will also need to:

  • Demonstrate clear strategic thinking, including a robust analysis of the context and logic of the intervention, a detailed plan of activity across the entire three year period of the grant, and outline the programme’s potential to effect lasting change.
  • Provide evidence that the applicant has sufficiently robust financial management, governance, audit and reporting systems in place to monitor and report on funding provided.
  • Outline the cost effectiveness of the proposed programme.

Consideration may also be given to the geographic spread of programming, and the potential for programmes to generate useful learning that could inform advocacy on reconciliation issues or further programming.

Grants made under the Strategic Partnerships scheme will be approved in principle for a period of up to three years. The grant will be disbursed in annual payments following the provision of satisfactory interim reporting from organisations.

Funding under the Strategic Partnerships scheme is available to cover both direct project activities as well as core operational costs, such as salaries and overheads.

Grants under the Strategic Partnerships scheme are not envisaged to finance large-scale capital expenditure. However, a modest contribution to capital costs may be considered where these costs are attributable to the delivery of a wider multi-year programme (e.g. for the development of a shared space in which cross community and/or cross border peacebuilding and reconciliation work will take place under a developed plan/strategy).

Strong frameworks for measuring results and evaluating the impact of programmes should be a feature of a strategic partnerships application. To assist partner organisations in achieving this, the Fund will allow applicants to include costs related to programme monitoring and evaluation within their grant applications.

The Reconciliation Fund does not generally give grants for events/activities that have already taken place, and no funding will be provided under the Strategic Partnerships scheme for activities that have already taken place.  Applications should be based on a three-year project commencement date of no earlier than the 1st January 2022 (with a final start date to be agreed with successful applicants when grant is being awarded).   

We will consider providing funding for travel off the island of Ireland, in certain limited circumstances. Generally, this will be confined to supporting the cost of travel to and from Britain, where such travel is deemed essential for the successful implementation of the project.      

Applications should be submitted through the Reconciliation Fund’s online application portal. The deadline for applications is the 11th June 2021.

When entering the project title on the online system, all application titles should begin Strategic Partnership Application: (followed by the name of the programme/project).

A user guide is available to assist with using our online application system. This guide includes (in its appendix) details of the questions which applicants are required to complete during the registration and application stages of the process.

Applicants are recommended to consult the user guide before starting to use the online system and to have it to hand as they complete the online application process, step by step.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)is also available to assist applicants.

If you have any questions about the online applications process (or any other aspect of this scheme), please consult the user guide and the Frequently Asked Questions documents first. If they do not provide an answer, please feel free to contact a member of our team by email through the link at the bottom of this page or by calling the Department of Foreign Affairs switchboard on 00353 (1) 4082000 and asking for Reconciliation Section in the IUKA Division.

Additional documentation

Please note while you will be using the standard application form on our online system, certain additional documentation will be required, reflecting the multi-annual nature of the funding being applied for under the Strategic Partnerships process.  The following documents must therefore be uploaded along with the online application, as follows:

  • Any current strategic plan and/or financial strategy produced by the applicant organisation.
  • Applicant organisation's most recent annual accounts/financial statements.
  • Tax Clearance Certificate for the organisation from the Irish Revenue Commissioners.
  • Copies of any financial or programme audits conducted in the last three years.
  • A risk assessment register, setting out identified risks to the successful delivery of the proposed programme and planned mitigations (organisations can use the following template but can also use their own risk register).
  • A budget document providing a detailed breakdown of the costs of the 3-year programme, to supplement the summary budget information to be entered onscreen in the Project Budget tab of the online system.
  • Letters of support from any organisations with whom you will be partnering in the delivery of elements of the programme. 

Please note that not all these documents will be automatically requested on screen when submitting an application on the Department’s grant management system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that all of the above requested documents are uploaded with the application (under the “Attachments” tab). Applications for the Strategic Partnerships scheme that do not include all requested documents will not be considered.

Additional documentation may be requested as part of the appraisal process.

Applications are currently being accepted for the scheme. The deadline for applications is 11th June 2021.

Applications will be screened against the criteria for the Strategic Partnerships scheme, and depending on the volume of applications, an initial shortlisting of applications may take place. We would aim to communicate the outcome of any shortlisting process to applicants in advance of the opening of the general funding round (for 12 month projects} planned for the autumn of 2021.

It is envisaged that final decisions on applications will be made and communicated before the end of 2021. 

The initial grant payments to successful Strategic Partnership applicants are likely to be made in the period from December 2021 to summer 2022.  In deciding exactly when those initial payments are to be made, we will take into account the status of any existing Reconciliation Fund grants which have not been spent in full and for which the organisation still has projects to complete.

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