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The Community Foundation for Ireland runs grant programmes on behalf of our donors which support community and voluntary groups. Here you can learn about the criteria for each of the various grant schemes that we run.

Our Grants

Our Grant Making

NEW Caring Communities Grants Strategy 2013-2014

After twelve years, The Foundation has undertaken a review of its grantmaking from its own funds and has developed a new Grants Strategy, ‘Caring Communities’. Therefore, from January 2013, The Community Foundation’s Grassroots Grants are no longer available.

Background to our new strategy

Throughout 2012 The Foundation consulted with its stakeholders - through a Grantee Survey, Grantee Workshop, Sector Research, Donor Survey and through a review of grantmaking 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 grantmaking 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 Round 2, including timelines, Criteria and Application Forms are available under 'Apply for Caring Communities Grant' below.  

Our Existing Grants

The Community Foundation for Ireland is 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 so please see below for information on these grant rounds.

In the sections below you can learn more about the various grant schemes managed by The Community Foundation for Ireland 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.

Please note that The Community Foundation never funds individuals. Also we cannot support individual applications for support with college fees or scholarships

Apply For Womans Fund GrantApply For Womans Fund Grant

Apply for OLC Ireland Trust GrantApply for a Ray Murphy Fund Grant


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 Community 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.

Outcome Reports
All grantees are required to provide an Outcome Report six months after their grant has been awarded. For the guidelines on writing an Outcome Report for Grassroots Grants, please click here