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 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 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 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 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.
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 Name||County||Country||Tier of Funding (EURO)||Pillar|
|174 Trust||Antrim||Northern Ireland||10,000||Peace and
Reconciliation; Arts and
|Accidental Theatre||Antrim||Northern Ireland||20,000||Peace and
Reconciliation; Arts and
|ARC Fitness Limited||Derry||Northern Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Artillery Youth Centre||Antrim||Northern Ireland||5,000||Community Development|
|AsIAm||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development; Education|
|Atlantic Corridor Links Ltd t/a Midlands Science||Offaly||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Education|
|Baboró International Arts Festival for Children||Galway||Republic of Ireland||5,000||Arts and Culture|
|Ballymun Initiative for Third Level Education||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||5,000||Education|
|BCT N.I. C.I.C.||Antrim||Northern Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Blackmountain Shared Space Project||Antrim||Northern Ireland||10,000||Peace and Reconciliation|
|Blue Teapot Theatre Company||Galway||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Arts and Culture|
|Butler Gallery||Kilkenny||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Arts and Culture|
|CARI Foundation||Limerick||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Education; Community Development|
|Carrigrohane Union of Parishes||Cork||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Children's Books Ireland||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||5,000||Arts and Culture; Education|
|Children in Hospital Ireland||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Commmunity Development|
|Citywise Education||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Education|
|Cork University Hospital (CUH) Charity||Cork||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Daisyhouse Housing Association||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||15,000||Community Development|
|Drogheda ABACAS Special School for Child||Louth||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Education|
|Dublin International Film Festival||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Arts and Culture|
|Eastside Partnership||Down||Northern Ireland||5,000||Community Development|
|FamiliBase||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Fatima Groups United||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Community Development|
|Fighting Words Belfast T/A Fighting Words NI||Antrim||Northern Ireland||5,000||Arts and Culture|
|Generation: You Employed||Meath||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Community Development; Education|
|GIY||Waterford||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development; Education|
|Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation||Wicklow||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Peace and Reconciliation|
|Helplink Mental Health||Galway||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development; Education|
|Herstory Education Trust||Westmeath||Republic of Ireland||5,000||Peace & Reconciliation;
Arts & Culture;
|Holy Trinity Youth Centre||Antrim||Northern Ireland||10,000||Peace and Reconciliation;Education|
|Holywell Trust||Derry||Northern Ireland||20,000||Peace and Reconciliation; community Development|
|Irish Chamber Orchestra||Limerick||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Arts and
|KASI - Killarney Immigrant Support Centre||Kerry||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Kerry Writer's Museum||Kerry||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Arts and Culture|
|Kids' Own Publishing Partnership||Sligo||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Arts and Culture; Community Development|
|Kinship Care Northern Ireland||Derry||Northern Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Liquid Therapy||Donegal||Republic of Ireland||5,000||Community Development|
|Lus na Gréine Family Resource Centre CLG||Longford||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Lyric Theatre||Antrim||Northern Ireland||20,000||Arts and Culture|
|Making Connections||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Meath Women's Refuge & Support Services||Meath||Republic of Ireland||5,000||Community Development|
|Milford & District Resource CLG||Donegal||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Community Development; Education|
|North Belfast Women's Initiative & Support Project T/A NBWISP||Antrim||Northern Ireland||5,000||Peace and
|One Foundation Books CLG (t/a Books At One)||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Arts and Culture; Community
|One in Four||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Parenting NI||Antrim||Northern Ireland||10,000||Education|
|PeacePlayers International - Northern Ireland||Antrim||Northern Ireland||20,000||Peace & Reconciliation;
|Phoenix Education Centre||Antrim||Northern Ireland||10,000||Education|
|PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland Charity||Antrim||Northern Ireland||5,000||Community Development|
|Politics in Action||Antrim||Northern Ireland||10,000||Peace and
|Projects Arts Centre||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Arts and Culture; Community
|REACH Across||Derry||Northern Ireland||10,000||Peace and
|Roscommon Women's Network (RWN)||Roscommon||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Community Development|
|SAFE Ireland National Social Change Agents||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Community Development; Education|
|Sailing Into Wellness||Cork||Republic of Ireland||5,000||Community Development; Education|
|Sample-Studios||Cork||Republic of Ireland||15,000||Arts and
|Scotch Street Youth & Community Centre||Armagh||Northern Ireland||5,000||Community Development|
|Sensational Kids CLG||Kildare||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Community Development|
|ShoutOut||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development; Education|
|Sing Ireland||Clare||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Arts and
|Solas Project||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Education|
|Speedpak Group||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Education|
|Spraoi agus Spórt Family Centre Ltd||Donegal||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Community and Development|
|St. Peters Immaculata Youth Centre||Antrim||Northern Ireland||10,000||Peace and
|Streetbat Youth Project||Antrim||Northern Ireland||10,000||Education|
|The Anne Sullivan Foundation||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Education|
|The Crann Centre||Cork||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Education|
|The Speedwell Trust||Tyrone||Northern Ireland||10,000||Peace and Reconciliaiton|
|Travellers of North Cork CLG||Cork||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Education|
|University of Atypical||Antrim||Northern Ireland||10,000||Arts and Culture|
|Women for Election||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||20,000||Community
|Graffiti Theatre Company||Cork||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Arts and
|Roscommon Safe Link||Roscommon||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Community Development|
|Our Lady Immaculate Junior National School Darndale||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||10,000||Education;Community