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Impact Fund For Munster 2022 (Ireland)

Impact Fund For Munster 2022 (Ireland)

Deadline: 14-Jun-22

The Rethink Ireland has announced applications for the Impact Fund for Munster to provide a range of supports to help projects working to enhance the physical and mental health of communities across Munster.

The Impact Fund for Munster is a partnership between Rethink Ireland, the Parkes Family (Limerick), the Sunflower Charitable Foundation, Community Foundation for Ireland, and a number of private donors, with match funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

There will also be a number of awards specifically for projects and/or organisations that use music, creativity, and the arts to enhance the physical and mental health of their communities.

Funding Information
There will be between 8 and 10 awards available in total, and each Awardee will receive a cash grant (to a maximum of €65,000), mentoring support, and placement on Rethink Ireland’s capacity building programme.
Eligible Projects
The Fund will support projects that address one or more of the below:
Working to reduce negative mental health outcomes such as depression and anxiety.
Addressing the unequal nature of negative health outcomes that are group-specific. For example; non-communicable diseases in those aged 65+, higher levels of ill health in people experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage, and/or high levels of anxiety and depression in young adults;
Using Creativity, Music, and the Arts to tackle negative physical and mental health outcomes;
Working to reduce the effects of non-communicable diseases such as stroke, heart disease, and cancer;
Promoting collective mental health and physical health improvement at the community level
Eligibility Criteria
This fund is open to organisations that have a not-for-profit legal form, e.g. charity, social enterprise, and other voluntary organisations.
Projects must meet both Rethink Ireland’s criteria and the specific criteria for the Fund, as set out below:
Rethink Ireland Criteria
The Project must:
Address a critical social or environmental issue
Be innovative in an Irish context
Be based in the Republic of Ireland and have its main impact in Ireland
Have the potential and desire to scale or replicate in Ireland
Provide evidence that it is up and running, or has been tested at least in a minimal way
Impact Fund for Munster Core Criteria
Projects must be working towards improving the physical and mental health of their beneficiaries, one or more of the following ways:
Addressing negative mental health outcomes by using physical health interventions;
Addressing negative physical health outcomes
Tackling the rising rates of mental health disorders brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to rising levels of depression, anxiety and loneliness;
Using Creativity, Music, and the Arts to address negative health outcomes, either physical and/or mental;
The reduction of negative physical health outcomes, including but not limited to non-communicable diseases;
Helping tackle drug abuse, misuse and addiction using methods such as, but not limited to education, prevention and/or intervention.
The applicant must not be a public body. Collaborations with public bodies, where the main applicant(s) are community or third sector projects, can be considered for funding.
For more information, visit https://rethinkireland.ie/current_fund/impact-fund-for-munster-2022/

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