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The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence.

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  1. Cosc Awareness Raising Grant Scheme relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based Violence 2011

 

Cosc Awareness Raising Grant Scheme relating to Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2011


On the 11th March 2011 Cosc launched its call for applications for its Awareness Raising Grant Scheme 2011 relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. Completed applications were required to be submitted to Cosc by Thursday 21 April 2011. The application form and guidance manual for grant applicants 2011 were available at www.cosc.ie 


One of the High Level Goals of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014 (Click Here to download a copy of the National Strategy) is to promote a culture of prevention and recognition through increased understanding of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.  Cosc’s remit provides that it will seek to raise awareness of the nature and extent of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence in Ireland and of services available to help those who experience these crimes.  Developing, implementing and sustaining national and local awareness raising campaigns that challenge myths and increase understanding of the issues are key tools for increasing recognition and understanding of this violence. 


The purpose of Cosc's Awareness Raising Grant Scheme is to support groups at local, regional and national level in raising awareness of these crimes and services for victims. Cosc also carries out its own awareness raising activities and these, together with the activity supported under the grant scheme, should be mutually complementary and supportive. Cosc recognises that some activities are best carried out by those working on the ground, but we also recognise that we can play a role in ensuring a degree of co-ordination and collaboration where that makes sense.  Cosc supports collaboration between groups in raising awareness as an effective and cost saving tool of communication in that it gives groups an opportunity to reach a wider target audience to reinforce a common message.

The Guidance Manual for Grant Applicants 2011 includes Guiding Principles for Public Awareness Raising Activities relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence (Click Here    to download a copy of the guiding principles).  Primarily the guidelines aim to encourage a shift from a focus of public awareness raising activities on the victim to an inclusion of a focus on the perpetrator and bystander whilst also ensuring that information on support services is available to victims/survivors.  If your organisation is developing a new public awareness raising campaign relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, we would encourage you to take the guiding principles into account.


Evaluation and audit of Cosc Awareness Raising Grant Scheme relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence 2010

In 2010 Cosc awarded 53 grants totaling €293,504 to 47 organisations. Funding was made available to advertise services locally, to produce information materials, such as leaflets and posters, and for activities designed to raise awareness of issues surrounding domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. 


All successful applicants under the 2010 Cosc Awareness Raising Grant Scheme relating to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence were requested to complete a project evaluation report.  Having reviewed the evaluations received, the attached initial report may be useful to groups applying for the Cosc Awareness Raising Grant Scheme in 2011. This report is a summary of responses as received from grantees and is incomplete as some evaluations are outstanding.(Click here to download the initial evaluation report). A final report on the analysis of the evaluations will be done when a greater proportion of evaluation forms are to hand.


The audit of a number of successful grant applicants of the 2010 Cosc Awareness Raising Grant Scheme is still ongoing.  Organisations who received funding under the 2010 scheme and who have not completed their 2010 audit and evaluation reports by the closing date for the 2011 scheme will not be eligible to receive further funding until they comply with the process.