Vodafone Ireland Foundation (VIF) has announced that 16 charities are to receive funding through its 2007 grant application round. The selected charities will share in a total fund of €812,000 to continue their essential work with children and young people.
Within the group of 16 charities, there is wide range of organisations of varying sizes making a significant impact already. Some examples of the programmes being funded are:
— OPEN (One Parent Exchange Network), an organisation dedicated to offering support to lone parents throughout the country.
— The Peter McVerry Trust which is committed to reducing the effects of homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage.
Some smaller benefiting organisations such as Meath based charity ‘Third Age Foundation’ will receive funding to support their ‘Failte Isteach’ programme, a homework club which utilises the skills and experience of older people in the community to assist New Irish adults and children with the English language and cultural transition.
The funding was announced in May 2007, and Vodafone Ireland Foundation was inundated with applications for available grants. The recipients were selected following a detailed assessment which looked at how the organisations fulfilled the Foundations current funding criteria, the impact and sustainability of the project, and the potential outcome and longer-term benefit to the Community and society into consideration.
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