Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain and on the island of Ireland for projects in the areas of community development, peace and reconciliation, education, and arts and culture.

Funding body: The Ireland Fund of Great Britain
Maximum value: £ 10,000
Application deadline: 06/11/2020

The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976. There are chapters in 12 countries, including one in Great Britain.

Objectives of Fund
The Ireland Funds Great Britain provides funding for projects that make a real difference to those in need and for projects that support Irish culture in Great Britain and also on the island of Ireland.

Value Notes
Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available. In previous rounds, the average grant awarded was for around £4,000.

Who Can Apply
Not-for-profit and charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1 million can apply.

Organisations that are based within Britain and the 32 counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland are eligible.

Applicants must be able to provide a copy of the organisation’s governing document (eg, Constitution, Memorandum of Articles of Association) and the most recent set of Audited Accounts or bank statements.

Great Britain and the island of Ireland.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Organisations based outside Great Britain and the island of Ireland.
  • Individuals.
  • Repayment of debt.
  • Retrospective costs.

Eligible Expenditure
Funding is available for projects in the following areas:

  • Community Development – Investing in local communities in the UK and on the island of Ireland by supporting initiatives that contribute to:
    • Positive mental and physical health.
    • Community integration.
    • Sport and leisure opportunities.
    • Protection of the natural environment.
    • Supporting vulnerable members of society.
  • Peace and Reconciliation – Supporting communities in Northern Ireland by prioritising initiatives that contribute to:
    • Improved intercommunity relations.
    • New opportunities in education, employment and personal development.
  • Education – Supporting programmes that contribute to:
    • Increased access to third-level education.
    • Equality of access to a broad range of educational opportunities for people of all ages.
  • Arts and Culture – Promoting arts and culture by prioritising initiatives that contribute to:
    • Cultural awareness and understanding.
    • Increased access to art forms and collections.
    • Community arts initiatives.

In 2020, applications are also welcome for projects in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

How To Apply
There is a two-stage application process:

Organisations first submit a Letter of Enquiry, outlining their project. Letters are accepted until 6 November 2020 (11pm) via an online portal which can be accessed on the website of The Ireland Funds of Great Britain.
Successful organisations will then be invited to submit a detailed application for funding.
Application guidelines are available on the website of the The Ireland Funds Great Britain.

Useful Links
The Ireland Funds – Great Britain

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