2024 Parent Peer Support Fund: open for applications until 15th December 2023

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The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has today 17th November 2023 launched the 2024 Parent Peer Support fund.

The fund is open to organisations working with parents and/or children and young people to facilitate the development and support of parent peer support groups.

Beneficiaries of the initial round of Parent Peer Support funding included organisations working with parents of LGBTI+ children, parents of children with a disability and parents of children who have recently migrated to Ireland.

This year, a total of €75,000 will be made available to 37 organisations with each successful applicant receiving €2000 to provide and promote parent peer support group activities across the country.

The Fund:
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Supporting Parents, Parent Peer Support Fund to support statutory and community and voluntary organisations leading or co-ordinating peer support activities for parents and those in a parenting role. The activities funded should focus on building on existing or emerging best practice in the areas of parent peer support. We encourage applications from organisations already providing peer supports for parents and those wishing to launch new initiatives.

Aims of the Fund:

  • To provide easier access to peer supports for parents, or those in a parenting role,
  • Raise awareness of and create more parent peer support activities within statutory and community and voluntary sector settings
  • Develop resources in partnership with parents rather than delivered to parents
  • Encourage parent peer support groups in communities which have not previously had access to such a resource

Eligible Applicants:
The fund is open to practitioners and service providers working in the community, voluntary and statutory sectors, who work with parents, or those in a parenting role, to facilitate the development and support of parent peer support activities.

Funding Availability:
Funding up to a maximum of €2,000 per applicant is available on a one off basis only.

Eligible Costs:

  • Advertising /promotional costs specific to the activity
  • Parent peer to peer networking and knowledge sharing events
  • Knowledge sharing tools or resource development
  • Training workshops and seminars
  • Parent peer coaching and mentoring programmes
  • Facilitator fees
  • Venue hire and catering
  • Administration costs – not to exceed 15% of overall funding awarded

Ineligible Costs:

  • Capital costs
  • Equipment purchase & rental
  • Costs already specifically covered by other funding including those who received funding under the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative
  • Travel costs

Application Process:

The 2023 Parent Peer Support Fund is open for applications until Friday 15 December 2023.

Grant allocations will be awarded on a singular basis, up to a maximum of €2,000 per applicant. On-going funding will not be available. Funding will be made available to successful applicants in February 2024.

Terms and Conditions Parent Peer Support Fund 2023: Download

Guidelines Parent Peer Support Fund 2023:Download

Parent Peer Support Fund application 2023: Download

Source: https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/554b5-2023-parent-peer-support-fund-now-open-for-applications/

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