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Civil Society Project Funding

The 2021 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?

The Civil Society Fund (CSF) provides support to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to carry out development projects of between one and three years' duration.  It is primarily aimed at Irish development NGOs but a limited number of international NGOs are also supported on the basis of identified policy gaps, mainly in the area of human rights. Grants totalling €1.9 million over three years were awarded under the 2020 Civil Society Fund to support a diverse range of projects. Below is a list of our current Partners.
CSF Partner Application Year Duration Total Grant Awarded
A Partnership with Africa 2018 2 €470,000
Aidlink 2018 3 €930,000
Brighter Communities Worldwide 2018 3 €780,000
Camfed International 2017 3 €300,000
The Carter Centre 2018 3 €600,000
Christian Blind Mission 2018 3 € 960,000
ECPAT 2020 1 €100,000
FIDH 2018 3 €570,000
Fields of Life 2019 3 €750,000
Global Witness Trust 2019 2 €360,000
Health Poverty Action 2019 3 €260,000
ILCUF 2018 3 €750,000
ILGA 2019 3 €750,000
ISHR 2020 3 €750,000
Martin Ennals Foundation 2019 3 €150,000
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 2020 2 €700,000
The Leprosy Mission 2019 3 €210,000
UCC 2020 1 €50,000
UPR Info 2020 3 €300,000
War on Want NI 2019 2 €290,000



Apply for Funding

Civil Society Fund 2021 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. 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 2021 Call for CSF 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 2021 Call for Applications. Completed Eligibility Forms should be submitted to the Civil Society Fund mailbox, no later than 5pm on Monday, 5 October 2020, along with a Tax Clearance Certificate or equivalent, 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 mid October 2020. 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, 8 January 2021. 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 2021 and notification of funding decisions will issue in April or May 2021.

Questions or queries should be addressed directly to the email address provided in the 2021 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.