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The SERVE Solidarity Fund, is a series of mini grants made available to all individuals who have completed an overseas volunteering project with SERVE 2003 – 2017.
The aim of the Mini Grant is to facilitate and enhance the work that volunteers have started while volunteering overseas and aid them in continuing to advocate for the causes they have worked with, and providing a voice for our community partners and friends, on this side of the world.
The Solidarity Fund Mini Grants aim to provide an opportunity for volunteers to turn their good ideas into even greater actions with SERVE providing a helping hand to overcome the financial constraints which can often impede a good idea.  By providing three successful applicants with a grant, SERVE wants to provide you with the financial support to organise activities or events which will raise awareness about the people and issues you have encountered during your time overseas. Your project can have a real impact on the way Irish people think about global issues and in turn bring about real change in the world.  In 2017, SERVE will provide 3 grants:
  1. Development Education Grant: €500
Suggestions include; workshops in schools, guest speakers, photo exhibitions, developing development education resources etc.
  1. Profile Raising Grant: €750
Suggestions include; world record attempts (flip flop run in Galway, 2013), campaign and advocacy initiatives, workshops, mini festivals etc.
  1. Fundraising Grant: €1,000
Suggestions include; implementing a strategy to enhance SERVE’s existing fundraising events such as the Four Peaks Challenge and Flip Flop Friday, devising a new fundraising initiative etc.

Please contact to request an application form.

The deadline for submission of the project application forms is Friday 26th May 2017

  1. Who can apply?
    The fund is open to all individuals who have participated in a SERVE project overseas – including school immersion project
  2. What age do I have to be to apply?
    All applicants must be over 18 years of age.
  3. When is the closing date? The deadline for submission of the project application forms is Friday 26th May 2017. The projects must be completed by Friday 29th September 2017 and a final report submitted by Friday 27th October 2017.
  4. When will I hear if my proposal has been successful?
    Winners will be notified by post, on or before Friday 9th June 2017.
  5. Is there anybody in SERVE who can help me with my application?
    To maintain fairness within the application process, SERVE cannot assist individuals in completing their applications. However, if you are unsure of the suitability of your project idea fitting under one of the funding headings please feel free to contact for verification.
  6. Is there anybody who can help me implement my project?
    We encourage you to utilise your own resources in the planning and implementation of your project. However, if you require additional support, the SERVE staff are there to offer guidance and advice.
  7. Can we apply as a group?
    We encourage groups to apply, but will require one member of the group to act as a point of contact for SERVE and to take overall responsibility for the project.
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