Law firm Mason Hayes & Curran and Social Innovation Fund Ireland, with Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development Seán Kyne T.D, have launched the Engage & Educate fund.
Now in its second year, the €450,000 fund supports community projects that empower people through education to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their communities.
This year €150,000 of the €450,000 in funding will be made available, and projects that focus on people experiencing disadvantage, people with disabilities or migrants are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for applications is 16 March.
Speaking at the launch Minister Kyne congratulated last years awardees - Blossom Gateway, Intercultural Language Service, Resilience Academy, and Ready Steady Circus - on their commitment and work to support communities to empower people to achieve their full potential through education.
"Engage & Educate has enabled 397 students to gain extra skills, with measurable educational impact," Deirdre Mortell, chief executive of Social Innovation Fund Ireland, said.
Successful projects will receive a share of the fund including a cash grant and access to an accelerator programme that provides supports similar to those provided by venture capital companies to commercial enterprises.
The funding is open to non-profits, educational institutions and community groups across the country.