Funding is available for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) who offer language courses at third level. This funding is to help HEIs promote the importance of languages to second level students and to encourage them to either study languages, or study languages in combination with other subjects. This is part of the awareness raising campaign, Languages Connect which is a key action in the implementation of Languages Connect: Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026.
Many initiatives have already been funded through this scheme including sending student ambassadors to schools, language weeks, final year third level students giving tutorials to final year second level students, competitions for both primary and post-primary schools and award ceremonies, open days, promotional videos, events for teachers, vlogs from Irish students on Erasmus, and awareness raising for new language degrees.
To apply for funding in 2022, complete the HEI Funding Application Form and submit by deadline: Friday, 27th May 2022.
Please read HEI Funding FAQs below for full details, terms and requirements.
HEI Funding FAQs
The maximum amount you may apply for is €10,000.
The funding can be used for the following:
-to promote greater uptake on any of your undergraduate or post-graduate college courses that include a foreign language component.
-to promote the value of taking a foreign language in college.
-to host events that promote the above.
-to send students in to schools as language ambassadors to give e.g. talks or workshops at events such as #ThinkLanguages.
-to promote and support opportunities for students to participate in foreign language study opportunities and work placements abroad.
-to raise awareness of the value of linguistic diversity on campus.
-Funding can only be used to promote modern foreign languages. Promotion of Irish and English language are excluded.
-Funding cannot be spent on staff costs, except for student ambassadors.
-Funding cannot be spent on student bursaries.
Funding is to be spent during the academic year of 2022/2023
There is one proposal per HEI.
MFL colleagues, both within your own department, and any other relevant department/campus in your HEI, must be made aware of the funding so that there is an opportunity for all of them to contribute to the proposal.
Promotion of events, competitions, etc is essential. Please promote your events in local papers, etc as well as on your website and social media.
Promotion via social media of events, competitions, etc. which have been funded must go out on an official HEI account i.e. main HEI account or Languages Department account. Promoting it on a personal account is a bonus but not adequate. All posts must tag Languages Connect @langsconnect_ie
Any funded events, competitions, flyers, etc. must include the Languages Connect logo as well as the HEI logo. Please confirm with the PPLI project officer that the logo has been used correctly before going to print.
High resolution photos from events, etc should be sent to the PPLI project officer soon after the event.
50% of the funding will be transferred at the beginning of Semester 1. The remaining 50% will be transferred after the Interim Report has been submitted by HEI.
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