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Global Citizenship Education

Irish Aid’s Global Citizenship Education funding aims to increase awareness and understanding of global development issues among the Irish public.


  • Overview
  • Our Development Education Partners
  • Applying for funding
  • Focus on Results



What is Global Citizenship Education?

Global Citizenship Education is a lifelong educational process which aims to increase public knowledge and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. By challenging stereotypes and encouraging independent thinking, global eitizenship education helps people to critically explore how global justice issues interlink with their everyday lives.

Global Citizenship Education is transformative. It enables people to analyse and challenge the root causes and consequences of global poverty and inequality and to transform the social, cultural, political and economic structures which affect their lives and the lives of others. It aspires to change the way people think and act; empowering them to take action and become active global citizens in the creation of a fairer, more just, more secure and more sustainable world for all.

Global Citizenship Education addresses a wide range of themes and issues, including:‌

Why do we provide Global Citizenship Education funding?

Our funding to global citizenship education supports the implementation of the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy 2017-2023The long term goal of the Strategy is that through the provision of global citizenship education, people are empowered to analyse and challenge the root causes and consequences of global hunger, poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change. 

Global citizenship education plays an important role in building the conditions in which we can continue to meet ongoing global challenges, contributing to both our foreign policy and international development policy objectives.  The four core values underpinning our foreign policy are a fairer, more just, more secure and more sustainable world.  Irish Aid promotes these values abroad through our international development programme and at home through our support for development education.  Global citizenship education promotes citizenship literacy among the Irish public by deepening understanding of global justice issues and Ireland’s core values, advancing our foreign policy aim of contributing to the collective international effort to build a better world for all.

Our funding for global citizenship education enables us to work in partnership with educators across the primary, post-primary, higher education, youth and adult and community education sectors to increase the accessibility, quality and effectiveness of development education in Ireland.‌

Projects and programmes approved for global citizenship education funding share the following characteristics:

  • Contribute to the learner’s knowledge and understanding of global justice issues and facilitate the learner to engage with multiple perspectives
  • Enhance the learner’s skills and competencies, placing particular emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills
  • Strengthen the leaner’s values and attitudes, supporting the learner to recognise our global interconnectedness and consequently our rights and responsibilities as global citizens
  • Promote action at a local and global level,  empowering the learner to engage in individual and/or collective action to bring about a positive difference in the world

All projects and programmes approved for global citizenship education funding have a strong focus on achieving the results set out in the Global Citizenship Education Strategy and the Performance Measurement Framework and contribute to awareness raising of and engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Our Development Education Partners

Our Global Citizenship Education Partners

Global Citizenship Education Grants Funding

15 organisations were successful in their applications to the 2021 Round of the Global Citizenship Education Fund and 13 organisations were eligible for year 2 funding from the 2020 Round of the Global Citizenship Education Fund. €1,479,268 funding was approved for 2021, with an additional €422,757 approved for 2022. Below is a list of our current partners.




Duration (Years)




Total Funding Awarded

Afri Third Level, and ACE 2    €   47,500  €   47,500  €              95,000
AkiDwA Ireland  Adult & Community 1    €   25,000    €              25,000
An Cosan Third Level, and ACE 1    €   19,643    €              19,643
An Taisce Primary  2    € 120,000  € 120,000  €            240,000
ARD Family Resource Centre Youth 2    €   14,115  €   17,346  €              31,461
Centre for Global Education (CGE) Third Level, and ACE 2  €    57,908  €   60,580    €            118,488
Christian Blind Mission Third Level 1    €   11,000    €              11,000
CIT - Crawford College of Art & Design Third Level, ACE, Youth 2  €  134,260  € 134,260    €            268,520
ECO-UNESCO Youth 2  €  110,000  € 110,000    €            220,000
EIL Intercultural Learning Adult & Community 2  €    60,000  €   60,000    €            120,000
Engineers Without Borders Third Level, and ACE  2    €   45,000  €   45,000  €              90,000
Financial Justice Ireland  Third Level, and ACE 2  €    45,594  €   44,415    €              90,009
Friends of the Earth  Adult & Community, and Youth 2  €    44,834  €   43,609    €              88,443
Gaisce  Youth 1    €   35,000    €              35,000
Galway One World Centre Primary 2    €   35,000  €   35,000  €              70,000
Global Action Plan Adult & Community 2  €    35,600  €   30,120    €              65,720
Inishowen Development Partnership Adult & Community 2  €    65,000  €   65,000    €            130,000
Irish Girl Guides Youth 1    €   40,000    €              40,000
Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC) Adult & Community 2  €    30,000  €   30,000    €              60,000
Lourdes Youth and Community Services Youth, and ACE 2    €   60,000  €   60,000  €            120,000
Proudly Made In Africa (PMIA) Third Level 2  €    47,500  €   47,500    €              95,000
Scouting Ireland Youth 1    €   44,000    €              44,000
Tearfund Youth 2  €    24,448  €   20,554    €              45,002
Tools for Solidarity Primary, Youth, and ACE 1    €   10,000    €              10,000
UBUNTU Third Level 2  €  179,984  € 179,061    €            359,045
UCC-CGD Third Level 2    €   73,623  €   73,623  €            147,246
UCD Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) Third Level 2  €    50,000  €   50,000    €            100,000
Youth Work Ireland Tipperary  Youth 2    €   24,288  €   24,288  €              48,576


European Commission DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) Co-funding




Duration (Years)




Irish Aid Funding 2021 Allocation

Concern Youth  2        €               20,149
Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative (Sli) Youth  4        €           5,504.50


Global Citizenship Education Strategic Partnership Programmes 

A total of €2,641,000 is being provided to 7 organisations for multi-annual funding under the Development Education Strategic Partnership Programme as follows:



Irish Aid Funding  2021 Allocation

Worldwide Global Schools (WWGS)  €                                     1,100,000
DICE  €                                        320,000
80:20 (  €                                        110,000
SUAS  €                                        250,000
Irish Development Education Association (IDEA)  €                                        350,000
NYCI (Youth)  €                                        271,000
Development Perspectives (A.C.E)  €                                        240,000


Our Global Citizenship EducationStrategy

Support Documentation available for download:

Applying for funding

How to apply for Global Citizenship Education Grant funding -

Irish Aid issues a call for global citizenship education project proposals annually. The Global Citizenship Education Grant Scheme is open to Irish-based organisations only.

Grants are allocated in the range of €10,000 to €180,000 annually. In 2022, applications can be submitted for projects with a duration of one, two or three years.

The 2022 Global Citizenship Education Grant call for proposals is now open.

Application Process

Organisations who have not received global citizenship education funding in the past or if the organisation has not completed an eligibility form or been deemed eligible to apply over the last 3 years (2019, 2020 and 2021 call for proposals) must complete an eligibility form.

Organisations can request an Eligibility Form by emailing the Global Citizenship Education Mailbox. Organisations will then receive an Eligibility Form and Application Form from Irish Aid.

Completed eligibility forms must be submitted to the Global Citizenship Education Mailbox by 5pm on Friday, 26 November 2021. Organisations who fail to meet the eligibility deadline cannot be considered. Organisations which submit a completed Eligibility Criteria Form by 5pm on Friday, 26 November 2021 will be notified of their eligibility by Tuesday 30 November 2021.

All other organisations wishing to apply can request an application form by emailing the Global Citizenship Education Mailbox.

The completed application form, signed by the legal representative of the organisation (e.g. the CEO or the Chair of the Board) should be e-mailed to the Global Citizenship Education Mailbox by 5pm on Friday, 14 January 2022.

Please note, applications which are received after this date will not be considered.

How to apply for DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) Co-Funding -

An organisation in receipt of European Union funding for a Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) project can apply to Irish Aid for DEAR co-funding.  DEAR co-funding is open to Irish-based organisations only.  An organisation may apply for DEAR Co-Funding in addition to other global citizenship education funding applications. Applicants to DEAR should write to Global Citizenship Education Unit informing them that they intend to apply for DEAR funding, provide a short description of the project being developed and the proposed budget.

The maximum grant available under this grant modality is up to 10% of total funds received from the European Union. 

In 2022, applications can be submitted for projects with a duration of one, two or three years.

Applications for DEAR co-funding can be submitted at any time of the year.

Further Information in relation to all Calls for Proposals

It is intended that the appraisal of applications will take place in Quarter 1 2022 and notification of funding decisions will issue by the end of March 2022.

Please note that individual meetings cannot be held with applicant organisations while any call for proposals is active and Irish Aid officials will not be available to answer questions or provide clarifications on an individual basis.

Questions or queries in relation to the Global Citizenship Education Grant Round should be addressed directly to the Global Citizenship Education Mailbox. Queries will be responded to up to two weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline.

Please note that any attempt to influence the outcome of the decision-making process in relation to grant applications will result in disqualification. Please also note that no individual meetings will be held with organisations that plan to apply for funding once the call for proposals issues.

Please find below links to the relevant documents: 

Global Citizenship Education Grant Guidelines - 2022 Call for Proposals

2022 Global Citizenship Education Grant Funding - Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Citizenship Education Mailbox email address is provided in the 2022 Call for Proposals.

Focus on Results

Focus on Results

Organisations who receive Global Citizenship Education funding are responsible for effective and ongoing monitoring throughout the course of the funding period.  Each grant is based on a contract and an agreed set of results. Organisations must report on the progress towards the expected results to Irish Aid each year through the annual reporting process.

To ensure the success of our strategy, we work closely with our Global Citizenship Education partners to track and measure the progress of the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy 2017-2023 over its lifetime.  The achievement of real and lasting results is central to the way that we plan, make decisions, implement, monitor, evaluate and account for our support for development education.

We recognise that long-term change can take time and that measuring change is complex.  We will annually publish and disseminate data to inform public understanding of where and how money is spent and what results are being achieved.

Irish Aid Development Education Strategy Making progress on global citizenship education across Ireland 2018-2019


DES Mid Term Review Leaflet 2 A4 v4 web.png-2

Infographic - Development Education at Primary and Post-Primary Level 2017 Results

Infographic - Development Education Strategy Further 2017 Results

Reporting requirements

Irish Aid monitoring of Global Citizenship Education Grants includes:

  • Annual report on results and expenditure
  • Audited accounts to be submitted annually