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How to Apply

The call for applications to the Equality Fund 2020/2021 is now OPEN.

Application Process

  1. Before you apply, please read the Information for Project Organisers page and the Equality Fund Terms of Reference. You must be sure that you can fulfil all the Equality Fund Terms and Conditions, bearing in mind that running an Equality Fund project is a serious time commitment
  2. Complete the application form and return to by 5pm on Tuesday 27th October 2020
  3. Applications will be assessed and shortlisted by the Equality Fund Subcommittee (membership below)
  4. The Equality Office will contact all applicants in late November to inform them of the subcommittee's decision
  5. Successful applicants will be required to attend an information meeting in November at which they will sign the Equality Fund acceptance form. This will also be an opportunity to ask questions and meet other project organisers

Equality Fund Subcommittee (of the Equality Committee)

  • The Equality Committee Chair: Prof Fintan Sheerin
  • A member of the Equality Committee: Ms Leah Keogh (SU Welfare Officer)
  • A staff representative from the Equality Committee: Prof Ahuvia Kahane
  • A student representative from the Equality Committee: Ms Gisèle Scanlon (GSU President)
  • A nominee from the Financial Services Division: Ms Ritika Chouhan

Selection Criteria

All current Trinity staff members and registered students are eligible to apply for a grant from the Equality Fund. Individual, group and collaborative projects are all considered, and joint staff and student initiatives are particularly valued.

Projects should aim to raise awareness on equality issues and celebrate diversity in Trinity. Examples might include, but are not limited to:

  • bridge-building / awareness-raising events
  • exhibitions / artworks / performances
  • publications / online resources
  • training / workshops
  • long-term schemes / facilities

Various elements of the project can be funded so long as they are reasonable and essential to the project. Past projects have been reimbursed for professional fees, equipment, catering, printing, venue hire, guest speakers' travel and accommodation, to give just a few examples.

A series of equality themes are prioritised for each funding round. Proposals are judged with consideration to the following:

  1. relevance to the selected theme(s) / equality ground(s) (20%)
  2. expected benefit (impact) for Trinity (30%)
  3. expected benefit (impact) for wider society (10%)
  4. originality and creative approach (20%)
  5. value for money (20%)

A balance will be sought in the allocation of funds to student initiatives and staff initiatives, and between a variety of diversity groups, where possible.

Please note the following limitations:

  • Equality Fund grants will not be allocated to projects that should otherwise be centrally funded by the University, the CSC, departments or other sources. Therefore projects are not normally funded on a repeat basis
  • Costs associated with catering and refreshments will only be funded if they are essential to the project and only up to a maximum limit determined by the Equality Fund Sub-Committee
  • The Equality Fund will not normally be allocated to events which charge an admission fee (which is more than a nominal / token fee), and projects involving fundraising will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If your proposed project would involve either admission fees or fundraising, please speak with the Equality Office before you submit your application.

Tips for Applicants

  1. Be informed about the Fund - read all the information online and contact the Equality Office with any questions you might have
  2. Be realistic in your funding request - projects are usually allocated between €300 and €1,000, and proposals with economical budgets are more likely to succeed
  3. Be thorough in your application form - show that you have worked out the detail of how your project will be implemented for maximum impact
  4. Be concise - focus on the key factual information