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Civil Society Project Funding

The 2020 grant call has now closed

Access to water in Inhambane province, Mozambique

  • Overview
  • Project Partners
  • Apply for Funding



The Civil Society Fund (CSF) is Irish Aid’s main project funding scheme. Applications are accepted on an annual basis from Irish and invited international civil society organisations to carry out development projects of between one and three years in duration. The process is highly competitive and not all applications will be successful.

Project Partners

Project partners

Who are our project partners?

‚Äč13 organisations were successful in their application to the 2019 Round of the Civil Society Fund. Grants totalling over €5 million over three years were approved. Below is a list of our Current CSF Partners.

CSF Partner  Application Year  Duration Total Grant Awarded 
A Partnership with Africa  2018 2 €470,000
Aidlink 2018 3 €930,000
Anti-Slavery International  2016 3 €153,819
Brighter Communities Worldwide  2018 3 €780,000
Camara Education 2018 2 €600,000
Camfed 2017 3 €300,000
The Carter Centre 2018 3 €600,000
Christian Blind Mission  2018 3 € 960,000
Childfund 2018 1 €250,000
ECPAT 2019 1 €100,000
FIDH 2018 3 €570,000
Fields of Life 2019 3 €750,000
Global Witness Trust 2019 2 €360,000
Haven 2019 2 €280,000
Health Poverty Action 2019 3 €260,000
IFPA 2016 3 €360,000
ILCUF 2018 3 €750,000
ILGA 2019 3 €750,000
ISHR 2017 2 €250,000
Martin Ennals Foundation 2019 3 €150,000
Meningitis Research Foundation 2019 1 €165,000
Minority Rights Group 2018 3 €510,000
Nepal Leprosy Trust 2018 3 €240,000
Nurture Africa  2019 3 €900,000
Orbis 2019 3 €750,000
PMIA 2018 2 €210,000
SaferWorld 2018 2 €360,000
Serve 2018 3 €840,000
SHEP 2018 3 €270,000
Suas 2018 2 €120,000
Tearfund Ireland 2018 2 €560,000
The Leprosy Mission 2019 3 €210,000
UCC 2019 1 €50,000
UPR Info 2017 3 €210,000
War on Want NI 2019 2 €290,000

Apply for Funding

Civil Society Fund 2020 Round

The Civil Society Fund accepts applications annually from Irish and invited international civil society organisations for grants for development projects of between one and three years duration. A minimum of 30% and a maximum of 70% of annual project costs will be funded. The maximum available grant is €400,000 per annum. Income received from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, either directly or indirectly, must not exceed 60% of the overall organisational income of the applicant, based on an average of the last two years accounts and the grant sought should not exceed this. A new measure being introduced from 2020 is that interventions for chronic or protracted humanitarian crises will be eligible for support under the Civil Society Fund. However, response to sudden-onset acute emergencies is not eligible for support.

Key Documents


Organisations based in Ireland that consider they meet the criteria set out in the 2020 Call for Applications and who wish to apply for funding can request an Eligibility Form by contacting the Civil Society Fund mailbox at the address provided in the 2020 Call for Applications. Completed Eligibility Forms should be submitted to the Civil Society Fund mailbox, no later than 5pm on Monday, 23 September 2019, along with a Tax Clearance Certificate, accounts for the past two years and any relevant safeguarding policies.

Organisations that submit a completed Eligibility Form will be notified of their eligibility in early October 2019. The application form will then be emailed to eligible organisations.

The application form must be submitted to the Civil Society Fund Team by 5pm on Friday, 10 January 2020. Please note that forms received after the relevant deadlines will not be considered.

Please subsequently submit a hard copy of the application form, signed by the legal representative of your organisation to:

Civil Society Fund
Civil Society and Development Education Unit
Irish Aid
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Riverstone House
23-27 Henry Street
V94 R7YE

It is intended that appraisal of applications will take place in Quarter 1 2020 and notification of funding decisions will issue in April or May 2020.

Questions or queries should be addressed directly to the email address provided in the 2020 Call for Applications and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be posted on the website.

Please note that individual meetings cannot be held with representatives of applicant organisations in connection with the application form once the Call for Applications issues until the date of communication of funding decisions. Any attempt to influence the outcome of the decision-making process in relation to grant applications will result in disqualification.

Read more about Civil Society funding

See our 2017 Annual Report for a list of organisations that received funding through the main civil society funding schemes administered by Irish Aid HQ.