Heart of the Community Fund

The Ireland Funds
Heart of the Community Fund

The Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund was first launched in 2021 to support organizations striving to meet the ever-growing need of people across the island of Ireland.


The Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund 2022

The Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund 2022 provided critical and timely funding to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Selection of Projects Supported in 2022


174 Trust

174 Trust provides a ‘shared space’ for people of all ages from the Protestant and Catholic communities to participate in a program of activities. The Duncairn Center is currently open more hours during the week than ever due to community activity, which means the running costs are higher. This grant will enable 174 Trust to conduct an energy assessment and form an efficiency strategy to identify changes it can make to lower running costs.

Citywise Education

Citywise Education offers programs to underserved communities that help raise young people’s educational aspirations. West Tallaght has low progression rates to third-level education and above average unemployment rates. This grant will deliver a STEAM Education program to schools in West Tallaght, exposing young people to innovative technologies in order to deconstruct the narrative that a career in a technology company is not an option for them.

Daisyhouse Housing Association

Daisyhouse Housing Association provides accommodation and support to women experiencing homelessness who are in recovery from substance misuse for a period of up to eighteen months with aftercare support. This grant will be used to part fund the salary of a fundraising manager to develop the fundraising income stream of Daisyhouse to support the realization of its strategy, which is to double the number of clients it works with each year.

Dublin International Film Festival

Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) is an annual festival showcasing films from Irish and international filmmakers. This grant will support the salary of a full time Outreach Manager to expand festival outreach & community projects, using film to deepen community engagement with two underrepresented groups of filmmakers – young people (12-18) and older people (60+) – to learn new skills and address the issues of marginalized communities rarely represented on screen.


Fatima Groups United

Fatima Groups United was established in 1995 by a group of local residents in response to the chronic social problems in the area at the time. This grant will support a Family Link Worker to reach out to vulnerable families, particularly those with a child with additional needs. They will focus on building relationships with parents, early identification of needs and enhancing the strengths and protective factors within the child, family and community, providing 1:1 support and delivering an Additional Needs Programme.

Holywell Trust

Holywell Trust is a community-based organization delivering a range of projects to meet the needs of local people. This grant will be used to install 8 energy efficient windows in its shared community building and to meet increased energy costs. This will improve heat retention by 18% and allow Holywell to continue providing space for 15 community organizations.

Liquid Therapy

Liquid Therapy provides Surfing and Ocean experiences to young people with any disability who struggle to participate in mainstream activities. Its approach has been influenced by the NEAR health project, which investigated the benefits of human interaction with green (country) and blue (water) space based activities. This grant will enable Liquid Therapy to deliver 80 sessions of the Surf Experience program to up to 40 young people.

Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre is the only full-time producing and development house in Northern Ireland. This grant will support it to establish a permanent team for in-house set construction, allowing it to shift to a circular model, improve environmental sustainability and support the wider sector by renting sets out. There is currently no set construction expertise on the island of Ireland, so most hire from abroad. This project is impactful on many fronts as The Lyric can generate another stream of income through this work.

Phoenix Education Centre

The Phoenix Education Centre is a newly established community based, focused and led initiative. Its primary objective is to tackle educational underachievement at a grassroot level in East Belfast, bringing community members on board as co-designers in their own educational pathways in a space where young people can attend after school and receive assistance with homework, school projects, career guidance and interview skills. The grant provides core support to continue building this new organization.

The Crann Centre

The Crann Centre provides healthcare, mental welfare and social inclusion solutions for over 300 families impacted by a neuro-physical disability in Munster. Feedback from its participants showed great interest in learning more about conservation and birds, but there are no accessible bird hides in Ireland. This grant will fund the installation of accessible bird hides in Ireland’s only fully inclusive and accessible conservation area.


Women for Election

Women for Election is working to solve gender inequality in Irish politics by advocating for positive change and inspiring & equipping women to enter & succeed in politics. Globally Ireland is ranked 100th for gender equality in politics – 7th lowest in Europe. Only 23% of TD’s and 26% of local councillors are female. This grant will support the establishment of More Women Day, an annual community engagement tool to grow a national movement to help solve gender inequality in Irish politics by 2030.

PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland

PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland uses sport to unite young people from the Protestant and Catholic traditions in Northern Ireland. This grant will be used to equip participants with the skills and confidence to use sport to build positive cross community relations and deter their peers and those younger than them from offending and becoming involved in sectarian and antisocial behaviour.

100% of every gift to the Heart of the Community Fund goes directly to community organizations serving the greatest needs across the island of Ireland.

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Organisation NameCountyCountryTier of funding
1428 Active Retirement Club CLGWestmeathRepublic of Ireland2500
22nd Old BoysAntrimNorthern Ireland2500
Abaile Autism Support CLG T/A Autism Support Louth & MeathLouthRepublic of Ireland5000
ARC Fitness LimitedDerryNorthern Ireland5000
Baboró International Arts Festival for ChildrenGalwayRepublic of Ireland2500
Ballina Community CentreMayoRepublic of Ireland5000
Ballinasloe Social Services LtdGalwayRepublic of Ireland5000
Ballycanew Ballyoughter Community Development AssociationWexfordRepublic of Ireland5000
Ballyduff Community Centre Development ClgWaterfordRepublic of Ireland2500
Ballyduff Muintir Na Tire Community Services Ltd.WaterfordRepublic of Ireland5000
Ballyfermot Travellers Action ProjectDublinRepublic of Ireland5000
Bandon Athletic ClubCorkRepublic of Ireland5000
Blue Teapot Theatre CompanyGalwayRepublic of Ireland2500
Caherconlish Caherline Community Council CLGLimerickRepublic of Ireland5000
Cancer ChoicesTyroneNorthern Ireland5000
Carrowshee Park/Sylvan Hill Community AssociationFermanaghNorthern Ireland2500
Cill Mhuire Community Centre LtdClareRepublic of Ireland2500
Cloughjordan Circus ClubTipperaryRepublic of Ireland5000
Coiste Meithil Oibre Kilenne Cuideachta Faoi TheorainnGalwayRepublic of Ireland5000
Comharchumann Forbartha Cill tSeadhna TeoMayoRepublic of Ireland5000
Connemara Therapeutic RidingGalwayRepublic of Ireland2500
Cork Christian TrustCorkRepublic of Ireland2500
Cosáin CLGGalwayRepublic of Ireland2500
Craigavon City Football ClubArmaghNorthern Ireland5000
Croom Community Development AssociationLimerickRepublic of Ireland2500
Dawn Court Daycare Centre CLGLimerickRepublic of Ireland5000
Donnycarney Community & Youth Centre CLGDublinRepublic of Ireland2500
Down Syndrome Centre North EastMonaghanRepublic of Ireland5000
Down Syndrome LimerickLimerickRepublic of Ireland5000
Dunlavin Community First RespondersWicklowRepublic of Ireland2500
Dunluce Family CentreDerryNorthern Ireland2500
Ethnic Minority Sports Organisation Northern Ireland (EMSONI)AntrimNorthern Ireland2500
Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative (FRCI)FermanaghNorthern Ireland5000
Ferns Community CentreWexfordRepublic of Ireland2500
Forget Me Nots OrganisationDublinRepublic of Ireland5000
Galway Community CircusGalwayRepublic of Ireland5000
Gaultier GAA ClubWaterfordRepublic of Ireland2500
Glenariff Improvement GroupAntrimNorthern Ireland5000
Glencolin Residents AssociationAntrimNorthern Ireland5000
Glenfarne Community Development Trust LtdLeitrimRepublic of Ireland5000
Grantstown Priory scheme limited by guaranteeWexfordRepublic of Ireland5000
Greenisland Football ClubAntrimNorthern Ireland5000
Greystones FRCWicklowRepublic of Ireland2500
H.U.G.G. (Healing Untold Grief Groups)DublinRepublic of Ireland5000
Is Maith e an Caint T/A Let's Get TalkingGalwayRepublic of Ireland2500
Lifford Association for Tourism, Commerce & Heritage CLG T/A L.A.T.C.H.DonegalRepublic of Ireland2500
Lifeline (Inishowen)DonegalRepublic of Ireland5000
Midleton Meals on WheelsCorkNorthern Ireland5000
Moatview Nursery & Early Education Centre CLGDublinRepublic of Ireland2500
New Horizon - Athlone Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support GroupWestmeathRepublic of Ireland5000
North Fermanagh Cricket & Association Football ClubFermanaghNorthern Ireland2500
Older People North West/Age Concern DerryDerryNorthern Ireland5000
Portadown Boat ClubArmaghNorthern Ireland5000
REACH AcrossDerryNorthern Ireland5000
Richmond Cottages and District Community AssociationDublinRepublic of Ireland2500
Rouskey Community & Development AssociationTyroneNorthern Ireland5000
Shannon Family Resource CentreClareRepublic of Ireland5000
Shining Light GalwayGalwayRepublic of Ireland5000
Tomebridge Industrial Development Amenities & Leisure Ltd T/A T.I.D.A.LAntrimNorthern Ireland5000
The Haven HubLimerickRepublic of Ireland5000
The Hygiene Bank IrelandDublinRepublic of Ireland5000
Venture Out Wilderness Project CLGGalwayRepublic of Ireland5000
Waterside Women's CentreDerryNorthern Ireland5000
West Clare Mental HealthClareRepublic of Ireland2500
All Abilities Ireland CLGLaoisRepublic of Ireland5000
Balbriggan Meals Ltd. (Balbriggan Meals on Wheels)DublinRepublic of Ireland5000
Ballinameela Community CentreWaterfordRepublic of Ireland5000
Ballyhornan & District Community AssociationDownNorthern Ireland5000
BCT N.I. C.I.C.AntrimNorthern Ireland5000
Carrigaline Family Support Centre CLGCorkRepublic of Ireland5000
Castlerahan Community Development Ltd.CavanRepublic of Ireland5000
Celbridge Athletic ClubKildareRepublic of Ireland5000
Cornerstone City ChurchDerryNorthern Ireland5000
Derg Valley Care Ltd.TyroneNorthern Ireland5000
Down Syndrome Ireland Louth MeathMeathRepublic of Ireland5000
Drogheda ABACAS Special School for Children with AutismLouthRepublic of Ireland5000
Dublin Christian MissionDublinRepublic of Ireland5000
Fit Club Newry CICDownNorthern Ireland5000
Inishturk Community Club CLGMayoRepublic of Ireland2500
Kerry Cultural & Literary Centre Ltd. (Kerry Writers' Museum)KerryRepublic of Ireland5000
Kilmallock Performance Centre T/A Friars' Gate TheatreLimerickRepublic of Ireland2500
Leitrim CallingLeitrimRepublic of Ireland2500
Lus na Gréine Family Resource Centre CLGLongfordRepublic of Ireland2500
Mother Tongues Ireland CLGDublinRepublic of Ireland2500
New Lodge Duncairn Community Health PartnershipAntrimNorthern Ireland5000
Newry & Mourne Sea Kayaking & Canoe ClubDownNorthern Ireland2500
PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland CLGAntrimNorthern Ireland5000
Sharing PointDublinRepublic of Ireland2500
SÓLÁSAntrimNorthern Ireland5000
St Vincent de Paul Society - Northern Ireland (for Limavady)DerryNorthern Ireland2500
St. Vincent de Paul Society - Dublin (Croí na Gaillimhe Resource Centre)GalwayRepublic of Ireland5000
Strathfoyle Women's Activity Group Ltd.DerryNorthern Ireland5000
Street Soccer NI (Northern Ireland Street League)AntrimNorthern Ireland5000
The EdgeDownNorthern Ireland5000
The Fingal Centre for the UnemployedDublinRepublic of Ireland5000
Together in MusicTyroneNorthern Ireland5000
Tramore Cultural Development Ltd. T/A Tramore HeritageWaterfordRepublic of Ireland5000
University of Atypical (previously known as Arts & Disability Forum)AntrimNorthern Ireland5000
Whiterock Creche AssociationAntrimNorthern Ireland5000