ESTHER Ireland Grant 2022

Summer 2022 Funding Now Open!

Background

ESTHER Ireland is an initiative of the HSE Global Health Programme and was previously part of
the European ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships. Under this initiative, the HSE Global
Heath Programme facilitates and supports Irish health services and institutes to develop
linkages and twinning partnerships with counterpart institutions in low and middle-income
countries.

The operational rationale for ESTHER Ireland is grounded on the centrality of partnerships and
their potential to achieve more through working as institutions rather than individuals. The
theoretical basis behind this approach is that robust partnerships working collectively and
collaboratively can contribute to improved health services for poor and disadvantaged
communities and with a “multiplier effect” on health outcomes. The principal modality of these
partnerships is twinning between hospitals, primary care services, universities and other
institutions with counterparts in partner countries.

The partnership approach aims to makes a significant contribution to health outcomes in poor
countries through addressing inequities in access and coverage, while improving quality of
services through capacity building and institutional development. Human resource capacity is
strengthened through peer-to-peer relationships between personnel working in the partner
institutions. Accordingly, ESTHER supported partnerships are “agents of change” in a
multiplicity of intervention areas that focus on the creation of sustainable and resilient
partnerships with positive changes at all stages of the results continuum. Self-mobilisation and
financial leverage are considered key output performance indicators from a quality partnership
and are expected to make a contribution to an improved health outcome.

Summer 2022 ESTHER Ireland Funding Call – Now Open!

The 2022 grant scheme is part of the HSE Global Health Programme implementation plan and is
supported with funding from Irish Aid. The grants will be administered by the Irish Global
Health Network under a service level agreement with the HSE.

This round of grants reflects the current global and Irish context, with lessons learned after the
COVID-19 pandemic. It also responds to the directions and priorities of the Government’s
International Development Policy, A Better World, which was published in 2019.

As with previous calls, this round of grants will be of two types. Band 1 grants are to support
new partnerships, and Band 2 grants are to support established partnerships. ESTHER Ireland
welcomes applications from partnerships involving different types of health institutions,
including hospitals, primary care services, public health units, education and training
organisations, universities, and Government health departments.

NGOs are generally not eligible for ESTHER grants unless they are part of a collaboration with
an Irish health service or institution.

The grant application process will run for 7 weeks, with applications accepted up to 30 June
2022.

Note: Available funding is limited, and we expect this round of grants to be competitive.
Available funds will be divided between Band 1 and 2.

Band 1: New Partnership Grants

Irish health organisations and institutions are eligible to apply for a Band 1 grant to facilitate the development of a new link or partnership with a counterpart organisation or institution in a low-or middle- income country.

In the context of this programme, we consider a new partnership to be one that has recently started to work together or has not yet started working together but has taken preliminary steps.  It should demonstrate a commitment to adhere to the ESTHER principles of Quality of Partnerships.

Intended outcomes from activities implemented under this scheme could include formalising an agreement such as an MOU between partners or developing a shared vision and action plan.

Grants must be spent within 12 months of disbursement.

The ceiling for Band 1 grants is €8,000.

Criteria Band 1

  • Higher priority is given to partnerships in countries with official Government links through Irish Aid and/or the HSE:
    • Irish Aid key partner countries providing bilateral support to the health sector (Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Liberia)
    • Other Irish Aid key partner countries (e.g. Zambia, Malawi, Uganda)
    • Countries in which HSE is engaged with through formal agreements (e.g. Mozambique, Sudan, Zambia, Sierra Leone)
  • Coherent with objectives of Irish Aid development policy, A Better World
  • Grant funding should achieve value for money. Having co-funding is considered an advantage.
  • Successful partnerships should be willing to produce a case study.

Band 2: Established Partnership Grants

Applications are invited from Irish health institutions and organisations engaged in established health partnerships.  We consider an established partnership to be one that has been working together for more than a year and has been formalised, such as through a Memorandum of Understanding.  Partnerships must demonstrate clear evidence of quality of partnership, such as receiving ESTHER Accreditation for Quality of Partnership.

Partnerships may apply for grants to:

  • Implement small scale innovations or pilot projects
  • Undertake activities that strengthen the working relationship between the partners (e.g. exchange visits, stakeholder meetings, communication systems)
  • Build capacity within the existing partnership to enable it to initiate and implement projects and programmes (e.g. skills building workshops)

The ceiling for Band 2 grants is €8,000.

Criteria Band 2

  • Partnerships should demonstrate a clear theory of change for how they will improve health services and health outcomes. Change pathways may include one or more of a range of interventions areas such as education, training, mentoring, exchange visits, technical support, service quality improvement and research.
  • Higher priority is given to partnerships in countries with official Government links through Irish Aid and/or the HSE:
    • Irish Aid key partner countries providing bilateral support to the health sector (Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania)
    • Other Irish Aid key partner countries (e.g. Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Sierra Leone)
    • Countries in which HSE is engaged with through formal agreements (e.g. Mozambique, Sudan, Zambia)
  • Preference is given to partnerships with greater potential to achieve impact:
    • Aim to strengthen the capacity of health institutions to address local health priorities and unmet health service needs
    • Contribute to health systems strengthening and universal health coverage
    • Contribute to and support the COVID-19 response in partners’ countries.
  • Coherent with Irish Aid development policy, A Better World
  • Grant funding should achieve value for money. Having co-funding is considered an advantage.
  • Successful partnerships should be willing to monitor their partnership using the ESTHER Pilot Effect Tool and produce a case study.

Application Process

To apply for one of our grants please log in or sign up to the online grant platform, Common Grant Application, and complete the online application procedure. Applications are open from the 16th of May 2022.

Applications Opening 16 May 2022

Deadline 30 June 2022

Download the Application Guidelines 

For any queries please contact us on: info@esther.ie

START YOUR APPLICATION HERE

The below video provides a step by step guide on completing one of our online application forms. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any queries, please email grants@esther.ie.