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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 now working on an updated strategy, for launch during 2019.

The first funding round of 2019 closed on Tuesday, 16th April 2019. The second funding round is expected to open in early September 2019.

The precise date and information on how to apply will be posted to this page shortly.

This information will also be communicated from the DFAT twitter account, @dfatirl

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 and Commemorations 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 €2.7 million in 2018. In May 2018, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney T.D. announced that the Reconciliation Fund’s budget would be increased to €3.7 million from 2019 onwards.

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 organisations’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.

The first funding round of 2019 closed on Tuesday, 16th April 2019. The second funding round is expected to open in early September 2019.

The precise date and information on how to apply will be posted to this page shortly.

This information will also be communicated from the twitter account @dfatirl

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 not be submitted through the online applications system. They should be emailed directly to the Reconciliation Fund team through your regular point of contact.
Use the reporting template


You must use our reporting template when writing reports.

Previous grants

Previous grants

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