Funding Opportunities

Physical Activity in Teaching and Learning Pilot Programme


Schools across the country are invited to apply for up to €10,000 in funding through a new Physical Activity in Teaching and Learning Pilot Programme.

This new Pilot Programme is designed to encourage teachers and school leaders, in consultation with their students, to consider how a subject can be taught through physical activity.

Total funding of €200,000 has been made available to support teachers and school leaders in the integration of physical activity into teaching and learning.

The Pilot Programme is open to all schools, primary, post-primary and special schools.

Deadline: 22nd March 2024.

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2024 Artist Awards – Age & Opportunity


Age & Opportunity’s Arts programme invites applications for three awards intended to support the development of older artists in Ireland and to increase the knowledge around the arts and ageing in general: the Creative Ageing Writing Bursary, Professional Development Artist Award and Emerging Artist Award.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 22nd March 2024

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Community Heritage Grant Scheme


The Heritage Council is now accepting applications from voluntary or community groups and not for profit non-governmental organisations around the country for its Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2024.

A broad range of project types are eligible for funding under the scheme including:

  • Conservation works to collections, objects or places, including natural heritage projects e.g. control of invasive species or habitat restoration works; conservation works to buildings, including churches; stabilisation works to ruined structures;
  • Surveys, reports, plans, and audits to inform the future management of buildings and monuments, habitats, collections, or objects.
  • Accessibility projects that make heritage activities more accessible for people with disabilities e.g. building ramps, automatic doors, handrails, tactile interpretation
  • Projects that help people engage more with their heritage e.g. interactive maps, videos, virtual exhibitions, podcasts, websites
  • Purchase of specialised equipment e.g archival boxing for vulnerable documents, monitoring equipment for humidity or light, interpretation/multimedia equipment, specialised software
  • Projects that address the heritage of minority groups e.g an oral history project documenting Traveller heritage
  • Training in traditional skills and crafts e.g. workshops on skills such as roofing, thatch, dry stone walling etc.
  • Citizen science projects on environmental conservation

The minimum grant that can be requested through the scheme is €500. The maximum is €25,000. The Heritage Council will host a Zoom information webinar on the scheme at 12 noon on the 4th of March with general application advice followed by a question and answers session.

Deadline: Monday, 25th of March 2024 at 5pm

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Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme


The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, manages the Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme. The principal objective of this scheme is to ensure that traditional farm buildings and other related structures that contribute to the character of the landscape and are of significant heritage value are conserved for active agricultural use.

The 2024 Traditional Farm Buildings grant scheme is now open for applications for 2024.

The Scheme is ONLY open to farmers participating in and accepted into the following Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine schemes:

  1. Approved participants in ACRES.
  2. Participants in EIP (European Innovation Partnership) Calls 1, 2 and 3, Hen Harrier and Pearl Mussel Projects and The Burren Programme who were an active participant as of 31st December 2022 or had completed the full term of the contract for the relevant EIP, or have completed a five-year contract, as appropriate.
  3. Approved participants of the Organic Farming Scheme
    Are the owner of the building/other related structure for which funding is sought or are acting with the permission of the owner (in which case the owner must provide consent).

Deadline: 27th March 2024 at 5pm

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National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2024

The National Lottery are seeking entries to this year’s Good Causes Awards. The competition will culminate with a National Final awards ceremony which will take place on the 12th of October 2024 in Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare.

Deadline: 5pm on 4th of April 2024

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2024 Collaboration and Innovation Fund


The purpose of the Collaboration and Innovation Fund is to pay for collaborative and innovative projects that support adults with unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs.

The Collaboration and Innovation Fund will support projects and activities that enable adults to gain the necessary literacy, numeracy and digital literacy to fully engage in society and realise their potential. It will also help organisations and services to be literacy friendly and fully accessible to adults with unmet needs.

Deadline: 5pm Thursday 4 April 2024

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The Disability Participation and Awareness Fund 2024


The 2024 Disability Participation and Awareness Fund is now open for applications from change-making non-profit organisations focused on supporting people with disabilities to participate in community life. This includes social, cultural, arts and sports participation, as well as promoting disability awareness and training at a local level, and supporting pathways for young people transitioning through education.

The goal of the Disability Participation and Awareness Fund 2024 is to support innovative projects or organisations across Ireland to:

  1. Enhance community, social, cultural and physical participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life,
  2. Promote disability awareness and training for people with disabilities at the local level, and
  3. Promote innovation in supports and pathways for teenagers transitioning from secondary school through the use of innovative and meaningful services, products or programmes.

The Fund offers a package of cash grants and non-financial supports to the value of €200,000* for up to 10 projects, to help them expand and increase their social impact.

Deadline: Friday, April 5th at 1:00 pm

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THRIVE – the Town Centre First Heritage Revival Scheme


A new funding scheme under Ireland’s two European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Regional Programmes is providing €120m to support local authorities and their citizens to re-imagine town centres and to transform publicly owned vacant or derelict heritage buildings within those town centres through renovation, renewal, and adaptive reuse.

Deadline: 5pm on 5th April 2024 for Strand 1 and 5pm on 3rd May 2024 for Strand 2.

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Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme


The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission’s 2024-25 Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme is now open. The purpose of the grants scheme is to support projects by civil society and trade unions that promote human rights and equality.

A total of €350,000 is available for projects.

Grants Scheme Strands

The 2024-25 Grants Scheme’s themes are informed by the Commission’s strategic priorities set out in its Strategy Statement 2022-24. This year the Grants Scheme will support projects under the following strands:


Strand A: Advancing Economic Equality

Strand B: Promoting Awareness of Rights and Access to Justice

Strand C: Promoting Climate Justice, Environmental Justice and a Just Transition


Funding Streams

Funding is available for small and general grants:

Small Grants up to: €6,000

General Grants up to: €20,000

Deadline: 3pm Thursday 18 April 2024.

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Energy For Generations Fund


Charities working in the areas of suicide prevention, homelessness and education access and support can apply to the Fund for project specific funding.

Three times a year, ESB allocates an amount from the Fund for disbursement. The amount may vary because of the volume of applications received or seasonal considerations – wintertime and Christmas may require more funding than summer.

Applications submitted during each round are appraised with funding allocated accordingly.

Deadline: April 22nd 2024 and August 19th 2024

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Wildwalls – Biodiversity in Schools


Wildwalls is a nature-themed design competition for young people administered by Biodiversity in Schools and sponsored by Ecocem who provide low carbon cement technologies.

Young people across Ireland are invited to design a wall mural for their school that raises awareness of biodiversity issues but also integrates features to support local wildlife. Open to pre, primary, secondary and homeschools in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

€5000 worth of prizes to be won

Deadline: Tuesday 30th April 2024

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Bord na Móna Upcycling Competition for Schools


Calling all schools! Bord na Móna Recycling has launched the 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐔𝐩𝐜𝐲𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, offering schools across Ireland the chance to win €5000. The students from the winning class will also receive a guided tour of Bord na Móna’s Lough Boora Discovery Park as well as Bord na Móna Mountlucas Wind Farm in Offaly.

Students are encouraged to repurpose discarded materials into innovative and functional creations. Participants will use materials that would typically be considered waste or discarded items.

Deadline: 1st May 2024

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RISE Community Fund


The RISE Community Fund supported by National Broadband Ireland and Granahan McCourt is aimed at addressing the rural digital divide and will award 5 monthly grants of €1,000 each to empower local businesses, community groups, farms and social enterprises to enhance their digital strategy. The Fund offers an immediate financial injection into your local community, boosting the digital ecosystem.

The remaining counties are: Meath, Kildare and Dublin

Deadline – 31st May 2024

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PEACEPLUS Programme – Cross Border Funding


PEACEPLUS is a new cross-border funding Programme designed to support peace and prosperity across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, building upon the work of the previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes.

The programme has been divided into the following six themes:

Theme 1 – Building Peaceful and Thriving Communities

Theme 2 – Delivering Socio-Economic Regeneration and Transformation

Theme 3 – Empowering and Investing in Our Young People

Theme 4 – Healthy and Inclusive Communities

Theme 5 – Supporting a Sustainable & Better Connected Future

Theme 6 – Building and Embedding Partnership and Collaboration

Deadline: Various deadlines – click here to view Funding call timetable

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Fáilte Ireland Regenerative Tourism and Placemaking Scheme


As Ireland moves towards a low-carbon economy, Fáilte Ireland will deliver the Regenerative Tourism and Placemaking Scheme for Ireland’s Midlands 2023-2026 as part of the EU Just Transition Fund.

Through this scheme, we will invest in the sustainable development of tourism in the Midlands with the aim of diversifying the regional economy by creating jobs, supporting habitats and biodiversity and sustaining communities.

The Regenerative Tourism & Placemaking Scheme for Ireland’s Midlands 2023-2026 will be delivered through a series of funding programmes.


Deadline – EOI Closing Dates:

The closing date submitting an EOI under Category 4 is 12 Noon on the 31st January 2024.

The closing date for submitting an EOI under Categories 1,2,3 and 5 is 12 Noon on the 30th June 2024.

Investment Grant Application Form Closing Date:

The closing date for submitting an Investment Grant Application form for Categories 1,2 and 3 is 12 Noon on the 31st December 2024.

Projects awarded funding must be completed by the end of August 2026

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Movement for Good 2024


Ecclesiastical and Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards is back. Now in its sixth year, the awards are giving charities across the UK and Ireland the opportunity to receive €1,000.

The Movement for Good Awards will once again see more than €1million donated to good causes and from today, people can quickly and easily nominate a charity online at

The Movement for Good Awards has donated over £5million to charities in the UK and Ireland since the initiative started in 2019.

Winners will be drawn at random and the more times a charity is nominated the more chance it has of being selected.

There will also be a series of special draws where charities operating within specific sectors can be nominated to receive a grant of €5,000, the timetable of draws can be viewed at and donations will be announced throughout the year.


Deadline – Ongoing with monthly draws

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Free Food Growing Kits for Schools


SuperValu, and not-for-profit social enterprise, GIY have teamed up for the second year to bring the ‘SuperValu Let’s GROW’ programme to another 50,000 primary school children throughout Ireland this spring. This means that 100,000 primary school children will have been educated in growing food through the ‘SuperValu Let’s GROW’ initiative, having been supplied with the resources to grow their own fresh food for free at school. The partnership aims to elevate the significance of homegrown food within classrooms and households across Ireland.

Deadline: While supplies last

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The Reach Fund 2024


SOLAS and the network of Education and Training Boards (ETBs) are now inviting community education providers to apply for funding through the 2024 Reach Fund.

The Reach Fund delivers funding to improve access and supports for educationally disadvantaged learners who participate in community education programmes across Ireland.

The overarching aim of this fund is to increase the participation of disadvantaged learners in education, particularly those who are undertaking literacy and skills programmes.

Community Education providers can apply for funding across several categories including learner assistance, green projects, support for refuge groups and digital supports.

Applications can be made by community education groups by completing a funding application available through adult education providers in your local ETB.


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2024 Walks Scheme Expansion


Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, announced that 62 new walking trails across the country are approved in principle to join the Walks Scheme in February 2024. The expansion recognises the importance of the scheme in delivering high quality trails.

A key action in Embracing Irelands Outdoors, the National Outdoor Recreation Strategy 2023-2027, is to expand the Walks Scheme to 150 trails by end 2024.

In light of this, a Call for Expressions of Interest to join the Walks Scheme has now opened. Closing date for Expressions of Interest is 11th October 2024. All applications must be made through your Local Development Company.


Deadline for Expressions of Interest is 11th October 2024.

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Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme


The Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme offers financial supports – provided by Sport Ireland – to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide who promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people.


Some of the Sport Initiatives supported are:

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

Offers financial supports to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide.


A telephone mentoring service which encourages callers to start getting more active- we’re only a phone call away!


Physical Activity Leaders

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities.



Trains those working in care settings to lead suitable physical activities.


People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders.


Walking Football initiative

An Age & Opportunity initiative for older men that is great craic and good for general health and wellbeing.


European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe.


Go For Life Games

Teams from all over Ireland coming together to take part in a national day of sport in June every year.


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2024 Community Recognition Fund Launched


The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, together with her colleague Minister Joe O Brien, have today (15th March 2024) announced a further €50 million in funding under the Community Recognition Fund.

The Community Recognition Fund was first introduced last year to recognise the huge efforts made by communities in welcoming and supporting people coming to Ireland.

Through the 2023 allocation, funding of €50 million was approved for some 900 projects in supporting cities, towns and villages nationwide that have welcomed people from Ukraine and other countries.

Under today’s announcement, a further €50 million is being provided again to deliver projects over 2024 and 2025.

Local authorities, in collaboration with communities, will be funded to develop projects that will deliver long term benefits to those living in the areas selected.


Read more here:


Many funding opportunities are open to other countries Worldwide and therefore may be more competitive, but don’t let that deter you, they’re always worth a look at.

SHORE Open Call – School Grants – EU


SHORE Open Calls aim to enhance the ocean literacy of primary and secondary students, educators, and schools, by empowering youth to become agents of change and eco-citizens.

Deadline: 4pm 20th March

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The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges


The Foundation supports advocates of climate change mitigation. The calls for applications are open to international applicants.

The Minor Foundation for Major Challenges (MFMC) is a Norwegian foundation that supports communication projects which advance the transition to a low carbon economy.

Deadline: 22nd March 2024

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 iF Social Impact Prize


The iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE supports projects that contribute to improving our society. If you work towards achieving one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, your project is eligible.

Applying is free of charge. Every year iF Design donates EUR 100,000 to support the best projects submitted to the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE. Your project should already be established and you can apply with the same project a maximum of two times. Student concepts will not be accepted.

Deadline: April 24th, 2024

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Student Mini Grants to address the plastic crisis


These mini-grants administered by The Wayfinder Society are available to students worldwide looking for financial support for their personal education, school and community projects, internships, networking events, etc. connected to addressing the plastic crisis. Mini-grants range from $300 – $2000.

To apply students must:

  1. Create a Wayfinder Society individual account or student account with your class if you haven’t already.
  2. Complete at least these 2 Actions: The Story of Plastic – Watch the Film and The Story of Plastic – System Mapping.

Deadline: April 15th, 2024, 5pm PT (April 16th, 1am Irish time)

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Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme


The Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme provides funding for the implementation of large-scale restoration initiatives that restore and harness ecosystem processes, bring back nature to degraded landscapes and seascapes, and revitalise local economies. Projects funded by the Endangered Landscapes & Seascapes Programme are sources of inspiration, models of good practice, and foci for lesson-learning.

Deadline: for Expression of Interest 22:59 GMT on the 30th April 2024.

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