9th April 2018

Make Ireland Sustainable For All announces its first Call for Proposals

Make Ireland Sustainable for All would like to invite organisations to apply for its small grant programme to support actions and initiatives on the Sustainable Development Goals in Ireland
Grants are available up to a maximum of €1000 for:
Local grass-root organizations/entities
– Local members of national CSOs operating at the local level
– Local citizens groups, including student groups, clubs, civic initiative groups.
 The objective of this call is to raise awareness on the SDGs at local level and to engage local groups to mobilise actors and authorities in commitments and practical actions for the implementation of the SDGs.
The theme for the call is ‘Fighting Inequalities’. This covers economic, environmental and social inequalities within and between countries. Applicants are encouraged to address this theme in their proposal.
Submissions consist of an Application Form and Budget (below) to be sent to info@sdgsforall.ie. Please see the Call for Proposals below, for more details.
The deadline for submission of applications is the 6th of May 2018. Please note, the implementation period for activities runs until the 31st of October 2018.
Call for Proposals: MESFA Call for Proposals
Application Form: MESFA Application Form
Budget Template: Annex II MESFA Budget Template





2nd March 2018

Ireland is performing in the bottom half of 15 similar European countries on a range of important UN backed indicators covering Economy, Environment and Society.
Measuring Progress: Economy, Society and Environment in Ireland, written by Professor Charles Clark , Dr. Catherine Kavanagh and Niamh Lenihan, puts Ireland’s overall ranking in the Sustainable Progress Index at 11th out of 15 countries analysed (EU-15). Ireland’s performance on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is worst on Environment, Gender Equality, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Affordable Clean Energy, Reducing Inequality and International Partnership on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The report was launched by Social Justice Ireland this morning (Tuesday, February 20th) to mark United Nations World Day of Social JusticeClick here to view videos of the seminar, which feature presentations from Dr. Catherine Kavanagh of University College Cork and Dr. Sean Healy of Social Justice Ireland, as well as responses from Michael Taft, Economic Analyst and author of the Notes On The Front blog and Niamh Garvey, Head of Policy and Advocacy at Trocaire
The report highlights Ireland’s particularly poor performance on low pay, long term unemployment, household debt and GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions suggesting Ireland needs to drastically change its waste-based consumption patterns and recognise that short term economic growth policies are unsustainable.
There are positives in this report, such as Ireland making the top third of rankings in quality education (SDG 4). However, our particularly bad performance on Environment and inequalities emphasises the need for these SDGs to become an integrated part of policy formation across the board.
The Sustainable Development Goals being pursued by the UN are quickly becoming a part of the political reality facing policy makers. We need to understand that the rising tide only helps those with strong boats. We need to use data like this to start working towards a more sustainable future”
It is broadly accepted that if we were to cut down forests for economic growth without replanting in a sustainable manner, we would be hit twice as hard down the line on both environment and economy. We need to start looking at short term economic policies that damage families and promote inequality in the same way.
Click here to view the Index.
Click here to view videos of the launch seminar.