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 currently developing an updated strategy.
New applications for funding under the Reconciliation Fund will be accepted from 2nd September 2019. Applications should be submitted by post to the Reconciliation Fund by Wednesday 18th September 2019. For full details, please check out the 'How to apply' tab below.
The Reconciliation Fund piloted an online application system in spring 2019 and following feedback from applicants we are currently working to incorporate suggestions into the system so that we can ensure that it is as easy to use as possible for our applicants. We look forward to launching the improved online system in time for the next funding round in 2020.
We remain keen to receive feedback from users of the online system so that we can ensure that the process is seamless as we move forward. Any feedback should be submitted through our Contact Us page.
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.
Please ensure that you read all the application information below before proceeding, including the advice on downloading the application form under the “How to apply” tab.
- What we do
- Am I eligible?
- How to apply
- Previous grants
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?
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:
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
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.
New applications for funding under the Reconciliation Fund will be accepted from 2nd September 2019. All sections of the Reconciliation Fund Application Form must be completed in full and must be submitted by post by Wednesday 18th September 2019. If you are having any issues viewing the Application Form on your computer or device, please see the step-by-step guidance below.
Applicants should fill in and attach to their applications a “Payee Details Form” form giving their bank details.
In cases where an organisation is applying for €10,000 or more, they should apply to the Irish Revenue Commissioners for a tax clearance certificate (details of how to apply below) and attach this to your application.
Applicants should provide a copy of the annual accounts/financial statements for their organisation for the most recent financial year. In the case of newly formed organisations, an applicant should supply 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 bank statement.
If your organisation is partnering with other groups to deliver a project, letters of support from the other organisation should also be included.
In cases where an organisation has previously been awarded a grant by the Reconciliation Fund, they must ensure that they have submitted all outstanding reports for those grants. (Please see information on reporting requirements under the ‘Reporting’ tab).
If you are applying for €10,000 or more in a 12-month period, you must submit a valid Tax Clearance Certificate with your online application. This certificate is issued by the Irish Revenue Commissioners. Obtaining a tax clearance certificate is a very straightforward process and it can be done by email.
If your organisation is resident in the State, you should be able to apply online for a tax clearance certificate.
If your organisation is resident in Northern Ireland or in Great Britain you should complete Form TC1 (PDF, 259kb) and send it directly to the Irish Revenue Commissioners at:
Detailed information is available at www.revenue.ie.
The TC1 form is an application form that must be sent directly to the Irish Revenue Commissioners, and not to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In case of problems viewing the application form
We are aware that some applicants have previously had difficulties viewing the Reconciliation Fund application form directly from our link, because of the particular internet browser being used on their computer/device.
This problem can be easily solved. Right click on Reconciliation Fund Application Form 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.
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 must use our reporting template when writing reports.
We are aware that some applicants may have difficulties viewing the Reconciliation Fund reporting template directly from our link, because of the particular internet browser being used on their computer/device.
This problem can be easily solved. Right click on the above 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.
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.
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.
Ireland, United Kingdom and Americas Division,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
80 St. Stephen’s Green,
Email: Submit your query here
Reconciliation Networking Forum
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosts an annual Reconciliation Networking Forum which brings together a wide variety of community and voluntary groups who work in the field of reconciliation.