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QCBI Innovation Fund: Enhancing Children’s and Young People’s Outcomes

The Quality and Capacity Building Initiative (QCBI), funded under Dormant Accounts, has been developed by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to take a coordinated approach to enhancing 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. The QCBI aims to support key groups working with children, young people and families to know what works, how it works and provide an evidence supported approach to the application of this work.

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:

  • Data working strand

  • Evidence working strand

  • Professional development and capacity building working strand

  • Quality working strand


Proposals are expected to

SEED: Test a new idea for improving one of the following five national outcomes for children and young people and/or the specific cross-cutting themes outlined in the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures Transformational Goals. This strand will support less proven, new and creative approaches to intractable problems facing children and young people experiencing disadvantage in Ireland.


SCALE: Build on an existing programme, model, or approach that has shown promising impact on one of the five national outcomes for children and young people and/or the specific cross-cutting themes outlined in the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures Transformational Goals.

All funding awarded in 2018 will be made for the period of 1st June 2018 to 31st December 2018. All awards are based on funding availability.

Successful applicants may be considered for an additional one year of funding to end of December 2019, subject to meeting intended milestones to end December 2018, viability of tested innovation and submission of a project plan to end of December 2019. All awards will be subject to funding availability.

This Innovation Fund is intended as one off funding under the QCBI.


How much funding is available?

The total amount of funding available under this measure in 2018 is €2,000,000. All funding must be expended by 31st December 2018.


Who can apply?

Community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations with a demonstrable track record of implementing evidence informed prevention and early intervention approaches in children and young people’s services may apply.

Consortia with a record in cross-sectoral or multi-disciplinary working at national level and experience in children and young people’s services are also open to apply. Funding for a consortia of providers, or for a range of itemised funding packages as part of a block application is subject to a lead organisation being in place to monitor and oversee the governance and implementation of the associated proposed initiatives.

A statutory body may support community and voluntary lead initiatives funded through this measure but may not be the lead applicant.

Applicants must also have legal status i.e. a legal identity separate from the individuals who make up the membership of the organisation applying for funding.


How do I apply?

Completed application forms (available below) must be submitted to by the deadline of 12 midnight on Monday 30th April. No late applications will be admitted.

Informal queries should be directed to Lorraine Donohoe (Commissioning Unit, Tusla) on 01 771 8500.


Further information and materials

For more information about the Quality and Capacity Building Initiative, please see the Guidance Note available below:

QCBI Innovation Fund Information

QCBI Innovation Fund Application Form (PDF)

QCBI Innovation Fund Application Form (Word)