HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme



National Lottery grants available to health and social care projects. Community groups and voluntary organisations can apply.  You must provide health or social care services to the community. For example, you might help people with a disability, older people, carers or disadvantaged groups. Public bodies, including the HSE, cannot apply for this funding.

Important dates

Wednesday 17 January 2024 – applications for 2024 funding opens.

Friday 16 February 2024, midday – the deadline for applications.

Friday 31 May 2024 – we will contact all applicants to let them know the outcome of their applications.

Projects funded

They fund one-off projects and services that improve the health and social care needs of communities. For example, you can apply for funding to:

  • buy equipment and small fixtures and fittings like hoists, tables, and chairs
  • run camps, classes, courses, personal development training, information or activity events

You must be able to start and finish your project in the same year you apply for the grant.

Respite care

Your group or organisation may apply for funding for short-term or once-off respite care. For example, if your organisation supports carers you might apply for funding for respite care or a break for carers or the people they are caring for. You must use your respite care funding by 30 June the following year.

Projects not funded

They cannot fund your project if:

  • it has major ongoing spending like staff, running costs or capital funding
  • you already get funding from us or another state body for the same project
  • you have a service agreement or grant aid agreement with us that includes the same service

How much you can apply for

You can apply for between €300 and €10,000 in funding. You can apply for funding for more than 1 project. But there is a limit on how much funding you can get from your local HSE Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO).  The maximum that a CHO can give to an organisation or group is €10,000.

How to apply

You will need to gather financial information such as:

  • project costs and quotations
  • funding from the HSE, a state agency or public body in the last 3 years
  • previous year accounts certified by your chairperson

At this stage you do not need to:

  • complete a HSE vendor form
  • agree to terms and conditions

Applying for more than 1 project

You must send only 1 application form to a CHO. This includes if you are applying for funding for more than 1 project or in more than 1 location within the same CHO.

If you are seeking funding for more than 1 project in a CHO, copy and complete an Appendix 1 for each project. Make sure these are in order of priority on your form.

You might be applying for funding for the same project, but in more than 1 location. If the locations are in the same CHO you can send it as 1 project. List the locations and the total cost for all areas.

Check the application process for your county

How you need to submit your application and where to send it differs by CHO. In some cases it is different depending on the office in a CHO you must send it to.

Select the county where the project or services will take place from our list of contacts for National Lottery Grants applications.

Submitting your application

Send your application before the deadline.

You must follow the application process for the local office you will be sending your application to.

We cannot process applications that are:

  • incomplete
  • received after the deadline
  • sent to the incorrect CHO or local HSE office – check the correct address
  • sent to the right office but in the wrong way – check the application process

If your application is successful

If your application is successful we will send you our financial and governance requirements.

These include:

  • grant aid agreement terms and conditions
  • HSE vendor form

An authorised signatory must sign the terms and conditions before the grant can be issued.

When your project is completed you must send us a Chairperson Statement and copies of all receipts.

Read more here


Closing Date:
February 16, 2024 @ 12:00 am

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