Anam Cara which means “soul friend” in Gaelic, was launched in 2008 by a few families seeking to support one another in the midst of experiencing the grief of losing a child.
is a self-development program, not a competition. Each young person constructs their own experience under the guidance of Gaisce and an adult mentor, often from a community service organization. The Ireland Funds has been a long-time supporter of Gaisce and its aim to provide self-growth opportunities for Ireland’s youth.
The Ireland Funds Flagship Grants
The Ireland Funds Flagship Grant Round identifies organizations that have particular impact in their field and have demonstrated innovation and effectiveness with prior support received.
Inner City Enterprise
Inner City Enterprise (ICE) is a not-for-profit charity established to advise and assist unemployed people in Dublin’s inner city to set up their own businesses or create their own self-employment.
Irish Film Institute
The Ireland Funds help to give audiences across the world instant access to ireland’s moving image heritage. The Irish Film Institute (IFI) is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema.
Irish Wheelchair Association
Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) works with, and on behalf of, people with physical disabilities to drive positive change in Ireland through the influencing of public policy, the provision of quality services and enabling accessibility to all aspects of society. The Ireland Funds has supported the far-reaching work of IWA for over a decade. Most recently the organization was given an Ireland Funds Flagship grant in 2015 to support a new Sports Development Officer positive serving the southeast part of Ireland.
The Ireland Funds Monaco Residential Bursaries
Awarded biannually, The Ireland Funds Monaco Residential Bursaries were established to enable writers born or living in Ireland to pursue a current project during a one-month residency at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. We are pleased to present this personal reflection written by author Liz Nugent on her experience in Monaco.
From 2017, Ireland’s national music education program will be established in new areas of the country, creating access to inspiring encounters and transformative music-making experiences for thousands more children and young people. This new phase has been made possible as a result of further philanthropic investment by U2 and The Ireland Funds.
ReCreate is a national social enterprise in Ireland that takes end of line and surplus stock from businesses and reuses them as arts materials. With help from The Ireland Funds, the organization has kept unused materials out of landfill and given them new life as educational arts materials, often to disadvantaged areas that previously had no arts programs.
The Spectrum Centre
With help from The Ireland Funds, a creative and delicious project comforts those with dementia in Northern Ireland. Changing the way people in Northern Ireland address dementia.
Bridgette and her friends Rachel and Saorlaoith are growing up in Belfast exploring the question of ‘truth’ and what it means to be a teenager in Northern Ireland today. They explain that the ingrained sectarianism is difficult. But thanks to Youth Initiatives, a program supported by The Ireland Funds, their generation is questioning much of what it has been taught and choosing to push the boundaries of friendships that for so long have been delineated by different identities.
Celebrating 30 Years The Australian Ireland Fund
30 years ago, a group of Irish and Irish-Australian business people, with a connection to Ireland and a passion for supporting efforts underway there to build peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, came together and formed The Australian Ireland Fund (now The Ireland Funds Australia).
Progress Through Philanthropy: Examples of Projects Supported by The Ireland Funds
The generosity of our donors has changed thousands of lives across the island of Ireland and around the world. The Ireland Funds has never wavered in its commitment to deliver private philanthropic support to worthy causes that promote peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development. On behalf of the organizations doing extraordinary work, we thank you.