The first programme is a Small Grant Round to enable as many organisations as possible to fund new and innovative responses to social need. They seek applications for projects that fit within their four key programme areas:
- Arts & Culture
- Community Development
- Peace & Reconciliation.
Proposed activities should also fit within one of their Promising Ireland Campaign Priority Areas, which include
- Investing in Ireland's Communities
- Supporting a Shared Future for Northern Ireland
- Providing Access to Education
- Promoting Culture and Heritage
- Assisting Disadvantaged Youth
- Assisting the Elderly "Forgotten Irish"
- Promoting Philanthropy in Ireland
The maximum amount organisations may request is €10,000. The average award will be around €5,000 and there is no minimum award. Applicants can apply online during the period in which the Grant Round is open, which will be from 1st February until the deadline on 28th February 2014 17.00GMT.
A larger fund for Flagship Investments will be available for application in April 2014 to support exceptional non-profit organisations to become effective, impactful leaders in their fields.
All the information on both funding programmes is available here: https://www.theirelandfunds.org/grant-round
Seminar to help you apply
On 7th February, Jordan Campbell, the Programme Manager at the Ireland Funds, will hold a free seminar for prospective grant applicants. She will go through the process step-by-step and provide advice on how to make a successful grant application. When: 7 February, starts 2pm and will finish 4:30 to 5pm depending on questions
Where: Dublin. At office of Mason, Hayes and Curran on Barrow Street (map: http://www.mhc.ie/contact)
To register: email Jordan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include the following details:
- Your name
- Your organisation
- Your email address