Our grant giving

During 2013 the Foundation distributed over €3.5m through a wide range of grants – a record for The Foundation to date. This video, which was shown at our 100 Years of the Global Community Foundation movement event,  conveys some of our grant-making highlights from 2013

Since our establishment in 2000, we have awarded over €18 million in grants to voluntary, community and not-for- profit organisations throughout the country. As a community foundation we award grants from our own funds in addition to the grants we administer on behalf of others.

Our Grassroot Grants Scheme ran successfully for 12 years, supporting a wide range of communities through small awards. In 2013, we adopted a new grant-making strategy Caring Communities allowing us to make more impactful grants across a range of issues. This new strategy will run throughout 2013 and 2014.

Background to our new strategy

Throughout 2012 we consulted with our stakeholders – through a Grantee Survey, Grantee Workshop, Sectoral Research, Donor Survey and through a review of grant-making to date – to assess where grants can make the best impact in the Irish community and voluntary sector. Whilst acknowledging the value of Grassroots Grants to grantees throughout the years, it has also been recognised that some of the areas were no longer making the difference they originally had, and that the needs of groups are dramatically different now.

For The Foundation also, there is the need to learn from and measure impact in grant-making and therefore there will be a bigger focus on Evaluation through Outcome Reports, Site Visits and Learning Network Events where grantees will be encouraged to share learning with their peers. We are very excited about this new phase in our maturity as a Community Foundation and we would like to thank you for your patience as we undergo this period of transition.

Caring Communities is our two year strategy for 2013 and 2014 and grants are targeted at very specific areas. All the details of Rounds, including timelines, Criteria and Application Forms are available by visiting our Caring Communities section here.

Our Existing Grants

As an independent grant-making organisation, we use the monies from our own permanent endowment and by our donors and philanthropists to distribute grants to various causes and groups right across the country. The above new strategy applies only to the grants that formerly came under the Grassroots Grants Strategy. Grants are still available within the other categories that we manage. Please visit our Types of grants section here, for information on these grant rounds.

Our types of grants section also contains information about the various grant schemes managed by us on behalf of our donors. All our grant schemes have specific and individual criteria for applications so please read carefully to ensure that you understand the causes supported by each grant scheme and apply appropriately.

Assessment of Grant Recipients

To ensure that funds are being allocated and used correctly we continuously and randomly assess various projects that have received funding through The Foundation. This allows us to give a high level of commitment to all our donors that their funds are being used in an appropriate manner and are also having the impacts that they want.

All grantees are required to provide an Outcome Report between six to twelve months after their grant has been awarded. Details are provided in your grant letter.