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Ireland Funds open 2012 grants round

Ireland Funds open 2012 grants round

Applications for grants from The Funds opened again at the beginning of February.

The objective of the Small Grants Round is to enable as many organisations as possible to fund new and innovative responses to social need. The amount of available will vary from year to year but is typically around $1 million, with the maximum grant €20,000 and the average grant around €6,000.

Funding will be provided for:

  • Investing in Ireland’s communities supporting a shared future for Northern Ireland
  • Providing access to education
  • Promoting culture and heritage
  • Assisting disadvantaged youth
  • Assisting the elderly “Forgotten Irish”
  • Promoting Philanthropy in Ireland

The Ireland Funds say that organisations typically begin their funding relationship with them when they are awarded a grant through their grant rounds. Donors occasionally identify projects through the Grant Round that they wish to support longer term through donor advised gifts and, while a relatively small number of organisations receive funding in this way, they continuously update their records on charities should a donor express an interest in supporting an area in which they are active.

Projects will be evaluated and presented for consideration by the Board of Directors. <strong>Lobbying will lead to the disqualification of a grant application</strong>. The decision of the Board is final and the Funds say that they are unable to enter into conversations or correspondence regarding the decision of the Board.

Anyone seeking assistance with their application should contact Sandra McDermott or Jordan Campbell” in Dublin at (01) 662 7878

The deadline for applications is 30 March 2012.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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