The Older Person’s Fund

The Older Persons’ Fund is a long-term philanthropic fund which promotes the civic engagement of older people, as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities. Its twin priorities are to empower older people to speak up for what they want and need and to champion older people’s participation as active citizens in their communities.

The Fund builds on our long standing engagement and commitment to supporting older people in their communities. We have invested over €1.2m in the sector since it was set up in 2000.

The Older Persons’ Fund was set up with an initial investment of €3m provided by us (€1m) and The Atlantic Philanthropies (€2m). We are targeting an additional €1m to be raised and allocated to the fund between now and 2018, as well as on-going fund development in the longer term. The Fund will initially support projects in the area of civic engagement which;

  • Support older people’s ‘voice’ at a local and national level, and their capacity to engage in all strands of society.
  • Promote older people’s participation as active citizens in their communities and their inclusion in civic life.

In the longer term, the Fund will also support activities that address older people’s social exclusion, for example loneliness and isolation, where increased civic participation is a planned outcome.

For further information please  download here (PDF 0.5k), The Older Persons’ Fund brochure.

If you would like to find out more about how to make a donation to the Fund, please contact Jackie Harrison at 01 874 7354 or email