ESTHER Ireland Grants

ESTHER Ireland Small Grant Scheme 2016

The current grant round closed on the 24th June 2016. The next round will be announced soon.


Irish Institutions are invited to apply for a small grant if they are at the early stages of linking with a Southern institution (s) and require funding to plan and develop the partnership. Generally, this will involve a visit to the Southern institution and/or a visit to Ireland by a representative from that institution. In some cases, it may involve meeting with other key international stakeholders.

Applications are invited to develop partnerships that strengthen the capacity of the institutions to address local health priorities and unmet health service needs. ESTHER Ireland is particularly interested in partnerships which focus on education and training; involve Irish hospitals/hospital groups, primary care and public health institutions; and counterpart overseas institutions in Irish Aid health priority countries (Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Liberia). ESTHER Ireland also encourages the creation of multi-institutional* submissions. (*A multi-institution is a group of hospitals or could be a hospital, a university and an NGO applying together).

Grant details

In 2016 ESTHER Ireland will offer access to two bands of grant funding. The first band will support partnership grants of up to Euro 8000 for individual Irish institutions to design, create and develop relationships with Southern entities from which a sustainable partnership will emerge capable of addressing an identified need.

The second band provides for grants of up to Euro 15,000 for Irish multi-institutions with a track record to create or build on an existing bilateral partnership with Southern networks. Institutions working within this band will be expected to demonstrate a clear focus on partnership results together with a logical contribution to a health outcome.

Grant process and workshop

If you are interested in being notified of when the next grant round is open, please join our mailing list by clicking here to subscribe to the monthly ESTHER Ireland Partnerships Panorama Newsletter.

Please click here to download the full applicant Guidelines, and please also click here to view guidance on the maximum rates for daily subsistence allowance, which vary depending on the region where visits will take place.

If you have any questions about the process, please direct them to