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Ireland’s community foundation offers grants for older people

Ireland’s community foundation offers grants for older people

The Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) has opened another round of funding under its Older Persons’ Fund.

The Older Persons’ Fund is a long-term philanthropic fund which promotes the civic engagement of older people as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities. It builds on CFI’s long-standing engagement and commitment to supporting older people in their communities which has seen over €1 million invested in initiatives.

This year CFI is offering two categories of grant:

  • Inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles – Grants of up to €7,500 will be available to organisations working towards inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles
  • Supporting older peoples’ voices at local & national level – Grants of up to €7,500 will available to organisations working towards supporting older peoples’ engagement in advocacy.

For both funding streams the grant scheme is for a project of 12 months duration only. Sustainability is not a requirement.


Eligibility for funding

Applicants must show that service users/beneficiaries are involved or have been consulted in project planning where appropriate. Applicants must be prepared to evaluate and learn from their work, to share project learning and outcomes and participate in two Learning Networks of Grantees.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Strategic fit
  • Realistic budget
  • Reach
  • Measurable results
  • Collaboration

Applicant organisations should have an annual income of not more than €2 million. Application forms can be accessed via the Community Foundation for Ireland‘s website.

The deadline for applications is 4.30 pm on Thursday 12th March 2020. Grants will be made by late May 2020 with work expected to begin in July 2020.


WATCH: Older Persons’ Fund 2018

Grants and Donor Services Executive, Adele McNamara, talks through the Older Persons’ Fund for 2018, how to make a strong application and what common mistakes to look out for.


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