May 1st PPN Update

First of all, the DLR PPN Secretariat and staff would like to congratulate the winners and all who were nominated for the dlr Community and Volunteer Awards 2024. This year’s event saw 61 community groups and 54 volunteers formally acknowledged and celebrated for their positive contributions to community life across the County. We would like to acknowledge everyone nominated for the amazing work in the DLR community and say ‘Thank you!’ for all your hard work. A brief summary about the Awards can be read here.

Dublin City University – PPN Summer School (27th May – 30th May)
We are delighted to announce that registration for the PPN Summer School – a free training opportunity with Dublin City University, in collaboration with all Dublin PPNs, is now open – details below. The training schedule includes sessions in person on the DCU campus during the day, as well as online sessions in the evening. To register, please click here.

Date: Monday, May 27th – Thursday, May 30th 2023
Venue: QG02, DCU Business School, Dublin City University, Glasnevin Campus
Time(s): 10am – 12pm (in-person), 7pm – 8.30pm (online)
Delivery: In person & Online
Cost: Free of charge
Refreshments: Tea & coffee available beforehand (9.45am) followed by lunch (12pm)
Deadline for registration is Friday, May 24th, at 12pm
Further details: please see flyer attached or contact Luke Quinlan at luke.quinlan@dcu.ie

SCHEDULE – To register please click here. 

Media Training Jane Last & Gerard Shiels,  DCU Communications Team, Monday, May 27th. 10am – 12pm (in-person)


An introduction to the PPN – What is the PPN? Ruth Powell, Dublin City Council PPN, Simone Sav, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown PPN, Monday, May 27th. 7pm – 8.30pm (Online)


Grant Writing Workshop Angela Shafer, Northside Partnership Tuesday, May 28th. 10am- 12.00pm (in-person) 


How to Engage with Councils Effectively Colette Bennet, The Wheel Tuesday, May 28th. 7pm – 8.30pm (online)


Public Policy & Advocacy Deiric Ó’Broin, DCU School of Law & Government Wednesday, May 29th. 10am – 12pm (in-person) 


United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Training Sara Hurley, SAOLTA  Wednesday, May 29th. 7pm- 8.30pm (online) 


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Training  Tanya Ní Mhuirthile, DCU School of Law & Government Thursday, May 30th. 10am – 12pm (in-person)


PPN Networking Lunch All PPN Members Thursday, May 30th. 12pm – 2pm

dlr Festival of Inclusion
Over 70 Events Planned to Promote Social Inclusion at dlr Festival of Inclusion 2024 will take place from the 15th to the 26th of May. This year’s theme, “Building Friendships in the Community”, highlights the importance of fostering connections and supporting community well-being. The festival is a community based social inclusion events programme organised by numerous community groups and organisations bringing people together to celebrate community well-being, raise awareness, provide supports and promote friendship, equality, diversity, integration, and social inclusion across dlr. To see the schedule of Festival events, please click here.

Building Connections with DLR PPN (15th May, 7pm to 9pm)
You are warmly invited to the Building Connections with DLR Public Participation Network event on Wednesday 15th May 2024, 19:00 – 21:00,  in the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Stillorgan Road, as part of the Festival of Inclusion. Hot finger food, dessert and tea and coffee will be served throughout the evening. All members of the DLR Community are welcome to attend but we ask that you register in advance – deadline for registrations Monday 13th of May at 12.00pm sharp. Event Registration Here

Promotional Poster for member groups during Building Connections with DLR PPN
All member groups are invited to promote their activities. We will create an A4 poster – similar to the one attached – for each group who fills in the information in the form below. All posters will be displayed around the room in their respective electoral area. The posters will then be uploaded unto our website. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness about your group and how members of the community can get in touch and join. We encourage everyone to have to have a poster displayed on the night. it only take 5 minutes to fill in the form. Click here to fill in the form.

Funding Opportunities
1. Local Funding Opportunities

  • dlr First Frames Short Film Scheme – Deadline: Monday 22 July 2024 at noon (12.00). Read more here
  • Teacher Artist Partnership – Deadline: 7th June. Blackrock Education Centre have announced a wonderful opportunity for artists, musicians & creative practitioners of all disciplines to broaden their practice through Teacher Artist Partnership+ (TAP+) professional development and in-school residency programme. Read more here 

2. National Funding Opportunities – We have put together a list of more than 20 national funding opportunities – see below. To get more information, click on this link.

  • Heart of the Community Fund 2024 – Deadline: Friday, May 3rd.
  • Arts and Disability Connect – Deadline: Tuesday 07 May 2024, 4.00pm.
  • Communities Integration Fund 2024 – Deadline: 8th of May at 12.00pm. Please note that ‘The Tax Clearance certificate is a requirement for payment only, so [groups can] indicate ‘No’ [on the application] if they do not have one yet. It will not affect their application, however they will need it if successful for payment.
  • Arts in Education initiative – BLAST 2024/25 – Deadline: 10th May.
  • The Wheel’s Training Links Programme – Deadline: 5th May at 5.00pm.
  • Coca Cola Thank You Fund 2024 – Deadline: 24th May, at 5.00pm.
  • Festivals Investment Scheme – Deadline: 30th May, at 5.30pm.
  • RISE Community Fund – Deadline: 31st May.
  • Change X ServiceNow Community Improvement Fund – Deadline: 31st of May 2024. Read more here
  • Funding for Community and Sports Facilities under the 2024 CLÁR programme – Deadline: 19th June.
  • Large-Scale Sports Infrastructure Funding open for applications – Deadline: 1st July.
  • Movement for Good 2024 – Deadline ongoing.
  • The Reach Fund 2024 – Deadline ongoing.
  • Energy For Generations Fund – Deadline: 19th of August.
  • Artist in the Community Scheme – Deadline 30th September, at 5.00pm.
  • 2024 Walks Scheme Expansion – Deadline 11th October.
  • Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme – multiple initiatives funded.
  • 2024 Community Recognition Fund – Upcoming Funding to be announced locally.
  • Parent and Toddler Group Grants Initiative 2024 – Various deadlines.
  • Seniors Alert Scheme (SAS) – Deadline ongoing.
  • The Hospital Saturday Fund – Various deadlines.
  • Community-based CCTV Grant Aid Scheme – Deadline ongoing.
  • LEADER Funding – Various deadlines.

3. International Funding Opportunities – We have put together a list of 5 national funding opportunities – see below. To get more information, click this link 

  • Shape The Future Challenge – Moonshot Pirates – Deadline: 5th May
  • European Youth Foundation Pilot Activity Grant – Deadline: 15th May
  • Creativity Pioneers Fund – Deadline: 27th May 2024, 11:00 pm CET. Read more here
  • United By Sport – Adidas Foundation – Deadline: 31st May
  • Patagonia Environmental Grants – Deadlines: May 31st & September 30th 2024 and January 31st 2025
  • ProVeg Grants – Deadlines: Quarterly – 1st June 2024, 1st September, 1st December 2024

Consultation and Other Opportunities
1. Biodiversity Week – 17th – 26th May – National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting you with nature. It’s about communicating the importance of biodiversity and providing motivation to play your part in protecting it. Read more here.

2. Dublin Agglomeration Noise Action Plan 2024 – 2028 consultation is now open. Deadline – 24th of May 2024. Read more here.

3. Participate in the Hello, How Are You? Campaign – 15th May. Hello, How Are You? is a campaign about connection and meaningful conversations surrounding mental health. We invite individuals, communities, workplaces, friends, and families to join us in saying ‘Hello’ and asking ‘How Are You?’ in a genuine and meaningful way. Read more here.

4. Street Feast will be taking place on the 25th to the 26th of May. Annual weekend of street parties & community lunches where you can host a party with your neighbours. Read more here. 

As always, thank you for your support of the local community and please share the above with the members of your group. you can now do that by sharing this link.


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