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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 Strategy 2014-2017 was launched on 9th 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 currently working to develop an updated strategy.

The Reconciliation Fund operates two funding rounds each year (in spring and autumn). The most recent funding round was completed in December 2019.


Current Funding Round
The current funding round opened on Tuesday 18th February 2020 and applications were accepted through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s online grant application system for three weeks until the round closed on Tuesday 10th March 2020. It is hoped that decisions on funding applications will be communicated by end May or early June 2020 and that grant payments to successful applicants will issue during June and July.

 

Next Funding Round
The autumn funding round normally opens in early September. Further information on the autumn 2020 round will be posted to this webpage during the summer months.

 

Covid-19 update – 19 March 2020
The steps being taken on the island of Ireland, North and South, to deal with the Covid-19 virus are having a very significant impact on how many of us live and go about our daily business. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade appreciates that the organisations we support through the Reconciliation Fund are facing many new challenges as a result and that their capacity to deliver certain projects and events may be adversely impacted by the measures being implemented to manage the current very difficult situation.

As we work to assess applications submitted during our current funding round, we may therefore need to contact applicant organisations to discuss issues of timing/deliverability in relation to proposed projects.

Where organisations previously received Reconciliation Fund grants for projects that are ongoing, we ask that they inform us by email if it becomes clear that Covid-19 will make it impossible to deliver some or all planned project activities within the normal 12-month period from initial receipt of the grant. Where an organisation has a proposal to reallocate the unspent funds towards alternative activities, which are deliverable and still in line with the original objectives of the project, this can be set out in the email and we will be happy to consider the request.

Practical arrangements
We will continue to do everything possible to support funded organisations and to work through our current funding round as quickly as possible, but we would ask organisations to bear with us if response times are not always as rapid as we would wish.
We will be monitoring developments and updating this information, so please continue to check this webpage.


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 and Trade’s switchboard on 00353 (1) 4082000 and asking for Reconciliation section in the IUKA Division.

  • What we do
  • Am I eligible?
  • How to apply
  • Reporting
  • Previous grants

What we do

What we do

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 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 annual budget for the Reconciliation Fund was approximately €3.7 million in 2019 increasing from €2.7 million in 2018. In its commitments under (Annex B of) the recent “New Decade, New Approach” agreement which facilitated the restoration of devolved Government in Northern Ireland, the Irish Government renewed its commitment to maintaining this increased level of funding for the Reconciliation Fund.

Am I eligible?

Am I eligible?

Criteria for the Reconciliation Fund

Consideration for funding from the Reconciliation Fund will be based on the extent to which the proposed programme has the potential to contribute to:

  • Reconciliation through education, dialogue, culture and commemoration;
  • Promotion of tolerance and respect;
  • Challenging stereotypes of one’s own and other communities/identities;
  • Development and strengthening of meaningful and lasting cross-border links; 
  • Academic research where the primary purpose relates to promoting reconciliation.

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:

  • Repairing of those issues which lead to division, conflict, and barriers to a deeply reconciled and peaceful society;
  • Building 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.

We will support projects which focus on the following priority themes:

Reconciliation Fund

Decisions

General factors which will be used in assessing applications include:

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

How to apply

How to apply

We provide grants on a once-off basis, but organisations may apply for funding in successive years or funding rounds.

Funding is generally awarded for project activities, but a contribution towards core running costs (salaries and overheads) and capital costs will also be considered, where they are directly attributable to the project or programme for which funding is sought. Where such costs are not directly related to particular projects, a contribution may still be considered if it is clearly demonstrated in the application form that the primary focus of the organisation’s work is in the area of peacebuilding and reconciliation, in line with the objectives of the Reconciliation Fund.

We do not generally give grants for events/activities that have already taken place, or travel off the island of Ireland. In exceptional circumstances, consideration may be given to supporting the cost of travel to and from Britain, where such travel is deemed absolutely essential for the successful implementation of the project.

Current Funding Round

The Reconciliation Fund operates two funding rounds each year (spring and autumn).

The current funding round opened on Tuesday 18th February 2020 and applications were accepted through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s online grant application system for three weeks until the round closed on Tuesday 10th March 2020. It is hoped that decisions on funding applications will be communicated by end May or early June 2020 and that grant payments to successful applicants will issue during June and July.

Next Funding Round
The autumn funding round normally opens in early September. Further information on the autumn 2020 round will be posted to this webpage during the summer months.

Online application system
During a funding round, all applications to the Reconciliation Fund must be made through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s online application system. The link to the online application system goes live and is made available on this webpage when a funding round is about to open.

user guide is available to assist those using the online application system. This guide includes (in the 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.

Applicant's Most Recent Accounts
All applicants are required to provide a copy of their organisation’s most recent annual 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
If you are applying for €10,000 or more (or if the amount requested for the proposed project, 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 a funding application.

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 and Trade’s switchboard on 00353 (1) 4082000 and asking for Reconciliation section in the IUKA Division.

Reporting

Reporting

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).

You must also send us the annual accounts for the organisation. If the grant is over €12,500, the organisation’s accounts must be externally audited.

Our grant must be clearly listed as a separate entry in the accounts, labelled as: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Reconciliation Fund.

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

Reports should be submitted by email directly to the Reconciliation Fund team through your regular point of contact.

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.

Previous grants

Previous grants

2019

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

 

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