Making an Application

This section is intended to help organisations during their application process and to provide applicants with some general guidelines in terms of making an application, receiving an application and what happens once your application is submitted. The videos are divided into two sections. Part one will give you an overview of our 2017 grants strategy- Social Change 2017 and part two will give you guidance on making an application to The Community Foundation for Ireland.

Part 1 of 2- Overview of the 2017 grants strategy- Social Change 2017

This video will provide you with an introduction to The Community Foundation for Ireland and an overview of our granting strategy for 2017- Social Change 2017

Part 2 of 2- Making an Application

This video will give you an overview of the following

  • Making a strong application
  • Common mistakes made
  • What happens after your application is submitted
  • What our assessors look for in an application
  • What happens if your application is successful

Receiving a grant

During the application process we require all applicants to insert their bank details and to attach their most recent bank statement. We require a bank statement to verify the bank account and we do not need to see any transnational information. It is very important that you provide accurate bank details in your application so that we can ensure, if you are successful, your grant is paid as soon as possible so that you can get started on your funded project.

All of your bank account information is available on the top of your bank statement and can be viewed online if you use internet banking. We advise all applicants to check that their IBAN and BIC is correct before submitting an application. You can check your details and generate your IBAN through the following website http://www.ibancalculator.com/.

Does your organisation have an account with a  credit union?

With the advent of the Single European Payments Area (SEPA), traditional sort code and account numbers have been replaced by Bank Identifier Codes (BIC) and International Bank Account Numbers (IBAN).

As well as standardising the format bank account numbers across the EU, it is now possible to make an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payment directly into a credit union account via the credit union’s unique BIC and IBAN numbers. Previously a payment was routed, indirectly, via the credit union’s account with a clearing bank.

As The Community Foundation for Ireland has moved exclusively to grant payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) we can only pay funds into a credit union account where the credit union operates its own unique BIC code.

While most credit unions now operate their own unique BIC code, unfortunately some have not yet moved over to this new system i.e. they continue to use their clearing bank’s BIC and IBAN code.

Please note we are unable to pay grants into a credit union account where the credit union continues to utilise their clearing bank’s BIC and IBAN code.

Important:

  1. Before applying for a grant from The Community Foundation for Ireland  you should check with your credit union whether they can accept EFT payments directly into your credit union account.
  2. Applications where the payment is routed via a credit union’s bank account (and not a direct payment) will not be accepted.

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