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Minister Colm Brophy invites applications to the Civil Society Fund

Minister for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora, Colm Brophy T.D., today invited applications to Irish Aid’s 2023 Civil Society Fund competition. The Fund supports NGOs to implement projects in countries which are eligible for overseas development assistance.

Inviting applications, Minster Brophy said:

“The Civil Society Fund helps NGOs to support people in 40 countries. It assists communities to have access to healthcare, education and sustainable livelihoods, as well as promoting human rights and peace. During my recent visit to the Horn of Africa, I saw first-hand how Irish NGOs work in challenging and complex circumstances to save and change lives."

“I look forward to receiving applications for Civil Society Fund projects which will help us to continue to deliver results for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

The call for proposals to the 2023 Civil Society Fund opens today. The closing date for receipt of Eligibility Forms is 10 October 2022.

Notifications of eligibility will issue in late-October 2022, with application forms to follow by email to eligible organisations. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 6 January 2023.
Full information and relevant documentation is available here


Notes to editors

  • Ireland’s Overseas Development Assistance Programme is managed by the Development Cooperation and Africa Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Ireland’s international development policy, ‘A Better World’, is guided by an overarching commitment to reaching the furthest behind first, with a focus on: prioritising gender equality, reducing humanitarian need, climate action, and strengthening governance. Further information can be found at irishaid.ie
  • The Civil Society Fund (CSF) is Irish Aid’s main development project funding scheme. It primarily supports Irish NGOs to carry out development projects overseas of between one and three years duration. A limited number of international NGOs working on human rights are also invited to apply. The total allocation for the fund in 2022 was €6.5m and the maximum available grant for successful applicants is €400,000.


Press Office

26 September 2022


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