The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD is pleased to announce the launch of a “Network Support Fund”, a Quality and Capacity Building Initiative (QCBI) measure supported through Dormant Accounts Funding.
The QCBI is an initiative designed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to ensure those working with children, young people and their families build on the existing body of evidence demonstrating the impact of prevention and early intervention approaches, models and practices on outcomes for children. This new funding measure under the QCBI will support statutory, community, and voluntary organisations leading or co-ordinating networks, learning communities or fora promoting evidence informed approaches to prevention and early intervention services so that those working with and for children, young people and their families are supported in doing the right things, in the right way and at the right time. It will facilitate formal and informal knowledge sharing explicitly focussed on enhancing practice and professional dialogue and curiosity around evidence informed prevention and early intervention. Applications are encouraged from networks made up of specific disciplines, such as teachers, Public Health Nurses, Social Care workers, as well as multidisciplinary networks.
The Minister says:
The 2018/2019 QCBI Network Support Fund is open for applications from 5 November 2018 until 5 November 2019. It will be open to applications on a rolling basis, meaning that interested organisations and networks can apply at any time until the end of November 2019 to secure funding to a maximum of €20,000 per year for activities such as peer to peer networking and knowledge sharing events, knowledge sharing tools or resource development, training workshops and seminars.
Further details on the application process are available on the department's website.
Grant allocations will be awarded on an annual basis, minimum of €1,000 and maximum of €20,000 per year per applicant. Amount of funding sought for 2018 cannot exceed €2,000. Ongoing funding will not be available.
The closing date for applications may be revised, subject to funding availability.
All funding must be expended by 31 December of the year funding is awarded. Funding that has not been fully spent by this date must be de-committed i.e. returned to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
The Quality and Capacity Building Initiative (QCBI), funded under Dormant Accounts, aims to take a coordinated approach to enhance capacity, knowledge and quality in prevention and early intervention for children, young people and their families, with a focus on those at risk of developing poor outcomes. At the core of the initiative is a desire to foster persistent curiosity amongst those working to improve the lives of children and young people in Ireland.
Four key strands have been identified to embed and enhance prevention and early intervention in children and young people’s policy, service provision and practice and these four strands under the QCBI are as follows: