Funding Opportunities

Heart of the Community Fund 2024


The Heart of the Community Fund is an open grant round designed to meet the needs of not-for-profit organisations delivering vital services and supports to people across the island of Ireland.

The Ireland Funds recognises the challenges organisations face in securing funding to build their capacity or meet their core costs, so the Heart of the Community Fund 2024 will provide Organisational Investment Grants. The application form will enable you to share what you’re working towards and how you deliver on your mission, so they can get a picture of your organisation as a whole. If your application is successful, you can then allocate the funding to meet your most pressing needs.

The Heart of the Community Fund 2024 will provide grants between €5,000-25,000 to not-for-profit organisations with an annual turnover of less than €/£3,000,000.

At least €500,000 will be distributed through this grant round.

Deadline: Friday, May 3rd

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Arts and Disability Connect


The Arts and Disability Connect scheme is designed to support artists with disabilities to be ambitious, to develop their practice and to connect with arts organisations and arts professionals in Ireland.

There are four different strands within the scheme: Mentoring (€3,000), Training (€1,000), New Work (€15,000), and Research and Development (€5,000).

Deadline: 4pm, Tuesday 07 May 2024

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Communities Integration Fund 2024


The Communities Integration Fund (CIF) enables community-based organisations across Ireland to build on their vital work in reaching out to, and helping to, integrate migrants into local communities. Successful organisations will receive grant funding of €1,000 – €5,000 to support local integration initiatives.

Deadline: 12pm on 8th May 2024

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Arts in Education initiative – BLAST 2024/25


BLAST aims to provide pupils in schools all over the country, time and the space to work with a professional artist/creative practitioner on imaginative and joyful projects. BLAST is a key Department of Education initiative of the Creative Youth Plan 2023-2027 which aims to foster creativity in schools focus and to provide young people with opportunities to learn and develop the key skills and competencies of collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation.

Innovative BLAST residencies are designed and developed between the artist/creative practitioner, teacher, students and the school community under the coordination of the 21 full-time Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI) network.

Deadline: Friday 10th May 2024

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The Wheel’s Training Links Programme


Training Links funds and supports networks of community and voluntary organisations to undertake training together.

Since 2005 The Wheel’s Training Links Programme has supported the training and development needs of nonprofit workers. This includes volunteers and employees of charities, community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Training Links has funded the establishment of 111 Training Networks involving in excess of 50,000 workers and 1,189 community and voluntary organisations.

Training Networks are invited to apply for grants ranging from €10,000.00 to €50,000.00.

Deadline: 5pm on Friday, 17 May 2024

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Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund 2024


The Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund is back with €200,000 / £171,000 (sterling figure based on conversion rates at the time) in grants now available!

Grants between €8,000 – €15,000 / £6,500 – £12,500 (sterling figure based on conversion rates at the time) will be available to support community-based projects that are focused on empowering young people through programmes of learning and sustainable development.

To date €1,565,000 has been awarded to 164 non-profit organisations across the island of Ireland.

Do you know of a non-profit youth-focused organisations focused on empowering young people aged 16-25 that could deliver an impactful project with the right funding?

Deadline: Friday 24th May 2024 at 5pm.

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Festivals Investment Scheme


Round one of the Festivals Investment Scheme (FIS) 2025 is for festivals that commence between 1 January 2025 and 30 of June 2025.

The Arts Council’s role is to advocate for and support the development of a diverse and varied arts-festival ecology, and to provide a suite of supports that encourage best-practice festival models that increase opportunities for public engagement and participation in the arts or develop the work of an artist/artform.

There are three bands of funding available:

Band A – For awards up to €10,000

Band B – For awards of €10,001–€25,000

Band C – For awards of €25,001–€45,000

Deadline: 5.30pm, Thursday 30th 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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Funding for Community and Sports Facilities under the 2024 CLÁR programme


The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (April 12th) announced €8.7 million in funding for community and sports facilities nationwide under the 2024 CLÁR programme.

As part of the initiative, grants of up to €50,000 will be provided to support the renovation and upgrade of community centres, parish halls, GAA clubhouses, youth facilities and more.

– 2024 CLÁR Programme to deliver hundreds of projects nationwide (within the areas as per map below)

– Funding to renovate community centres, parish halls, GAA clubhouses, youth facilities and more

– Grants for outdoor projects such as playgrounds, sensory gardens, walking tracks, skateparks and community allotments

– Renewed focus on upgrading spectator stands at local GAA and sports clubs

– Scheme extended to cover the purchase of vehicles for Meals on Wheels under Measure 2

– Continued support for our island communities

Deadline: 19th June 2024

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Large-Scale Sports Infrastructure Funding open for applications


Catherine Martin T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and Thomas Byrne T.D., Minister of State for Sport, Physical Education and the Gaeltacht, have announced funding of up to €120m under the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF), which opens for applications today (26 April 2024).

Assessment of applications, for funding of between €600,000 and €30m, will take into account population size, sustainability, reducing administrative overheads and ensuring that similar access is provided to accommodate access by men and women to LSSIF-funded facilities.

Deadline: 1st July 2024

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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 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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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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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: August 19th 2024

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Artist in the Community Scheme


Are you an artist working collaboratively with a community? Are you an artist or community group with an interest in working on a collaborative, socially engaged project?

The Arts Council’s Artist in the Community (AIC) Scheme, managed by Create, offers awards to enable artists and communities of place and/or interest to work together on projects. The AIC Scheme also offers an annual bursary, as well as residencies and a summer school. The AIC scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts.

Deadline: 5pm Mon 30th September (Round Two)

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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 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.

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.


Projects that will be funded include:

  • Development or refurbishment of community or cultural facilities including play areas, walkways, parks, community/sensory gardens, allotments, and recreational areas;
  • Development or refurbishment of local club and sports facilities;
  • Enhancement to school/parish facilities which are open to use by all of the community after school hours;
  • Purchase of equipment for local clubs, festivals, community events and organisations
  • Transport infrastructure such as community vehicles

Deadline: Varies according to Local Authority (LA) but most seem to be early in May 2024. Visit the page below for links to your local council and details on how to apply.

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Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2024


Following from the success of last year’s Grants, the Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2024 will offer two streams of funding:

1. Funding of €800 for existing Groups and €1,000 for the establishment of new Groups.

2. Funding of up to €300 to establish and operate Buggy Walking Groups. These Buggy Walking Groups are organised social walks for parents/guardians and young children. This stream is open to any existing or new organisations or Groups who wish to offer a minimum of six organised walks within their community.

Parent and Toddler Groups are invited to make an application for funding under this Initiative through their local City/County Childcare Committees (CCCs). To find yours visit

Deadline: Varies per county, mid April to early May. Check with your local City/County Childcare Committee

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Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS)


The Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS) has been established to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities. It provides funding for a personal monitored alarm, connected to a contact centre to enable older persons of 65 or older and of limited means, to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.

The Scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development via Pobal with equipment made available through community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations registered with Pobal under the SAS.

Deadline: Ongoing

More info:

To Register as a Seniors Alert Scheme organisation:

The Hospital Saturday Fund


The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered charity whose aims are to provide assistance for registered health charities, hospices, medical organisations and individuals with a medical condition or disability.

They can provide grants for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training within the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland and Malta.

For individuals, they can provide help with the purchase of specialised equipment or forms of treatment.

For medically related charities, hospitals, hospices and medical clinics:

The Hospital Saturday Fund will consider giving grants towards medical capital projects, medical care or research and in support of medical training. The Hospital Saturday Fund will also consider grants for running costs.

For Individuals:

The Hospital Saturday Fund will consider giving partial or full grants to individuals for the following:

Specialised mobility equipment, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, car adaptions, medical appliances and aids, hearing aids, nebulisers, specialised vision aids, specialised computer equipment, therapeutic equipment/treatment, orthopaedic beds, mattresses or pillows, riser /recliners chairs, lift hoist/aids.

Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, Speech Therapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic treatment, Reflexology, Massage Therapy and Aromatherapy.

Home adaptations, walk in showers, accessibility adaptations to bathrooms, access ramps, non-slip flooring, stair lifts.

Deadline: Various deadlines

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Community-based CCTV Grant Aid Scheme 

The community-based CCTV grant aid scheme supports communities and local authorities who wish to install and maintain CCTV security systems in their area to increase public safety and to deter illegal or anti-social behaviour.

The maximum grant available for each CCTV system is €45,000.

Applicants to the scheme can include not-for-profit organisations within the community, as well as relevant statutory or voluntary organisations. For example, applicants may include:

  • area partnerships
  • community development projects
  • family resource centres
  • local authorities
  • community enterprises

Applications are also welcome from groups such as a not-for-profit consortium of private and community interests which has come together to formulate an application.

Deadline: Ongoing

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LEADER Funding


The 2023-2027 LEADER programme is open for applications in most areas. Now is a good time to begin making preparations for any potential funding applications. To get a good insight into projects supported in the past, this booklet produced by CAP Network Ireland (formerly National Rural Network) has an excellent compilation of case studies:  LEADER Programme 2014-2020 Case Studies from Ireland. Hopefully you can gain some inspiration from that.

Click here to find your Local Development Company

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