The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, is pleased to announce a €200,000 ‘Sharing Knowledge’ Fund, which will be rolled out as part of the What Works initiative and funded through Dormant Accounts Funding.
The ‘Sharing Knowledge’ Fund builds on the 2021 What Works ‘Learning Together’ Fund to support learning, share knowledge, open peer discussions and develop strong professional relationships.
The aim of the Fund is to support professionals working in children, youth, and family services with their learning requirements, peer interaction, project collaborations and knowledge dissemination. Projects to be considered will focus on organising or accessing relevant learning/training sessions, while putting a strong emphasis on future collaborations between peers and disseminating learning to larger audiences, including networks. All applications must have a focus on prevention and early intervention.
The fund is open to practitioners and service providers working in not-for-profit organisations, multi-disciplinary networks, Children and Young People’s Services Committees, Child and Family Support Networks and communities of practice working with children, young people and their families and who have a strong emphasis on prevention and early intervention.
Organisations can apply for a minimum grant of €5,000 and a maximum grant of €20,000. The closing date for applications is 27 May 2022.
In launching the scheme, Minister O’Gorman said, “I am delighted to be in a position to provide these supports to practitioners who work with children, young people and their families in our communities. It is important to support them to further develop their skills and find innovative ways of working and learning together as well as promoting quality based service provision through adopting new and evidence – informed approaches.”
More information on the scheme is available on the What Works website.