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Seeds Grants Applications 2022-2023

Applications have now closed and commissioned projects will be announced shortly.

Irish Hospice Foundation wants to inspire and support the work of groups, organisations or individuals who wish to mark in some tangible way their response to the universal realities of dying, death, and bereavement. 

The IHF Seed Grants scheme offers communities across Ireland multiple ways to process the impact of death, dying, grief, and more general losses. The Seed Grants support groups, organisations and individuals looking for creative ways to do this. Priority will be given to creative initiatives that take innovative approaches to reflection and remembrance.   

Seed  Grants aim to help start new local art projects, or to support existing projects gain momentum - this may involve artists, crafts people, or digital-coders. It may be a group or individual who has a good idea.  It might be something you’ve been planning for ages or a new notion.  

It might be you want to mark the loss of a colleague, or the impact on your Care Team. You could be health care workers, youth workers, creative artists, civil servants, film-makers, poets, school groups or anyone. Everyone is affected at some point in their lives. 

Seed Grants may be used in a variety of ways, for example (but not limited to) supporting:  

  • A youth project or school assisting young people to explore what dying, death, and bereavement means to them through the medium of art,  photography, music, film, or story-telling.  
  • An event aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge about “healthy” ways of coping with loss and grief.  
  • Individual(s) and groups seeking ways through the arts to provide social, emotional, and practical support to those living with a life-threatening illness or experiencing bereavement.  
  • Creation of songs, spoken word poems or laments, of joy filled memorialisation and the celebration of a life lived, that help your community process loss.  
  • Responding to specific loss and grief, of a child, a life partner, a beloved pet – all impactful, specific and different.  
  • Exploring these areas with people living with a cognitive disability or neuro-degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s. 
  • Conversation or commemoration in and across the broad and diverse migratory and displaced communities of Ireland. 
  •  LGBTQ aware end-of-life practices  and unique challenges. 
  • Climate change and resilience, loss, and grief.  
  • Awareness in healthcare practice of cultural diversity and end-of-life ritual and belief.  
  • “Messiness” – how meeting death in all its unknowable can be articulated. 

About IHF Seed Grants :  

Awards are in the region of €2,000 per project.  We hope to offer up to 15 awards

Seed Grants are intended to support the work of those involved in the community, therefore a key requirement for the receipt of a grant is that the level of funding must be matched by the community group, organisation or individual either in cash or in kind.  

Key dates

Closing date for applications:  Friday 28th October 2022 at 5.00pm
Successful applicants announced: Week beg. 14th November 2022. All applicants will be notified this week.
Projects completed: Friday April 28th 2023.  Successful projects must be completed by this date.

Please Note: We do our best to accommodate people with disabilities who want to submit an application manually or who have difficulties in accessing online. We will tailor support to individual requests.

For help submitting your application, please contact the Elizabeth Hutcheson. You can either:

  • Phone on 087 130 7780 (preferably between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday)
  • Email at [email protected]

Please do so as early as possible to give us time to assist you.

All proposals will be reviewed by IHF.  Decisions will be made by IHF or their representatives based solely on the details in the application form. All decisions are final.  In order to be fair, please note that direct approaches to representatives of IHF on behalf of a project or lobbying will result in automatic exclusion from the process and your application will not be considered.