Funding for Gender Equality

€5.2 million allocated to 18 projects across the country



Grants totalling €5.2 million to promote gender equality have been awarded to a total of 18 projects. The projects will be delivered in the coming 3 year period in multiple locations across Ireland by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), locally based community groups, and others, who were successful following an open Call for Proposals for funding under the European Social Fund 2014 - 2020.


Under the European Social Fund, funding of €4 million over three years is being made available for initiatives targeted at women who are currently detached from the labour market, but wish to take up paid employment. €1.2 million is being made available for projects to support women’s entrepreneurship.


The gender equality projects will support women’s entrepreneurship and participation in the workforce through a range of training and mentoring initiatives.

Examples of the gender equality projects selected for funding include:


Announcing the gender equality funding, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality said:


“There is still some way to go to achieving gender equality in the workplace. Women continue to have lower overall levels of participation in the workforce, are paid less and have less access to senior positions. Women are also less likely to own or manage their own businesses.


The funding I have announced today will directly support disadvantaged women to access the labour market. It will also help more women to become successful entrepreneurs.”



Details of ESF PEIL Gender Equality funded projects can be viewed by clicking here



All funded projects must contribute to the achievement of the objectives and spending commitments set out in Ireland’s relevant ESF Activity Implementation Plans (published on