Overview of The Ireland Funds Grant making

Over the last 40 years, The Ireland Funds have supported non-profit organizations across the island of Ireland working in the areas of Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education and Peace & Reconciliation. In addition to facilitating a significant number of Donor Advised Grants, The Ireland Funds also operate two competitive grant rounds each year—the Small Grant Round and the Flagship Grant Round. We also provide non-financial support including grant workshops, fundraising advice and training.

The Small Grant Round – Apply online in March 2018 (submission deadlines TBC)

The Small Grant Round supports non-profit and community organizations across the island of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This fund offers grant funding under €7,000/£7,000 for smaller community organisations and for organizations that have not previously been supported by The Ireland Funds.

The Flagship Grant Round – Apply online in February/March 2018 (submission deadlines TBC)

In 2014, The Ireland Funds launched our first Flagship Grant Round. The purpose of the Flagship Grant Round is to provide multi-annual funding of up to €50,000/£50,000 for organisations that have established a strong track record of managing grants from The Ireland Funds. This is a highly competitive funding round that targets organisations wishing to pilot new programs or to scale initiatives that are already having an impact.

Grants Workshops and Feedback

The Ireland Funds support non-profit organisations by delivering grants workshops in locations around Ireland and Northern Ireland. These workshops are free to attend and cover

  • The Ireland Funds’ grant-making process
  • Our program areas and funding priorities
  • Examples of strong versus weak applications
  • Tips on what makes a competitive application for both funding rounds

We will be running a series of Grant Workshops in early February 2018. Details will be published soon.

Donor Advised Grants

The majority of grants are made possible through Donor Advised Grants, whereby donors are introduced to projects by The Ireland Funds that match their interests.

If your organization has questions about Donor Advised Grants, please contact our Grants Team.

Apply for a Grant

Learn more about our competitive funding programs and how to apply.

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Workshops & Resources

Our Grant Writing Workshops can help you prepare a competitive funding application.

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Who we Fund

With our global network of donors, The Ireland Funds provide a range of financial and non-financial support for not-for-profit organizations across the island of Ireland and for Irish causes around the world.

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