Useful Links: Funding Sources

Arts and Disability Forum
The Arts & Disability Forum exists to facilitate the empowerment of people with disabilities through the development of Arts and Disability culture.  The Arts & Disability Awards Ireland are designed to encourage artists to reach their potential through further experimentation.  They are open to artists with disabilities throughout Ireland working in all art forms.
Citizens Information Board
Citizens Information Board (formerly Comhairle) provides a number of supports, including grants, to the voluntary sector, in particular to those voluntary organisations who provide information on rights and entitlements either to the general public or to specific groups e.g. people with disabilities.

Clann Credo - the Social Investment Fund
Clann Credo - the Social Investment Fund, is the leading provider of Social Finance to community based projects in Ireland, and has offices in Dublin, Cork and Westport. It is a Not-for-Profit organization with charitable status.  Clann Credo provides repayable finance to Community & Voluntary organisations and charities that find it difficult to access funding from mainstream financial institutions.   This support is primarily through loan finance and occasionally direct investment. All projects are evaluated on their potential to make a social as well as a financial return.

Community Foundation for Ireland
The Community Foundation provides a channel for organisations and individuals to undertake effective community based charitable giving.  The Community Foundation operates a Small Grants Scheme.  The Community Foundation will favour projects leading to the social inclusion of people and communities who are excluded by reason of geography, age, disability, family circumstances, poverty, gender or race.

The Voluntary and Community Supports (VCS) Section of the Department administers the Programme of Grants for Locally-Based Community and Voluntary Organisations. 
The Government approved the categories under which €24 million from Dormant Accounts will be spent in 2006 on programmes and projects tackling social and economic disadvantage.  The Dormant Accounts legislation [Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Act 2005] targets three broad categories of persons for support from the Dormant Accounts Fund: those affected by economic and social disadvantage; those affected by educational disadvantage; and persons with a disability.
The Health Research Board provides funding and support for research under two strategic strands, Science for Health and Research and Development for Health.  The HRB offers a number of different support schemes to researchers and health professionals.  Details of all HRB research funding schemes, including scope, eligibility and how to apply, may be found in Funding Available. The HRB also promotes the development of health research at national and international level by running training courses

Hyperion Ltd.
Hyperion Ltd. - Dr. Sean McCarthy - specializes in the development of training courses for research managers.  Provides training on how to access EU funding.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is one of the largest social policy research and development charities in the UK. It spends about £7 million a year on a research and development programme that seeks to better understand the causes of social difficulties and explore ways of better overcoming them.
The Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholars Trust was established in 2000 to mark the new Millennium. It is the largest single millennium initiative from either State or private sources.  Bank of Ireland has allocated €12.5 million to the Trust, which will award up to 60 scholarships each year of the first decade of the new millennium.  The Trust awards scholarships to people with talent and ability who, because of economic circumstances or other barriers such as disability, are prevented from reaching their full educational potential.  The Trust is administered by National College of Ireland (NCI), on behalf of Bank of Ireland.  

Organisations wishing to act as Nominating Bodies should contact the Trust Office for an application form at: Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholars Trust Office, National College of Ireland, Mayor Street IFSC Dublin 1, Telephone: 01 449 8500 / 1850 221 721, Facsimile: 01 497 2200,  E-mail: is dedicated to providing services to charities and fundraisers alike to make it as easy, simple and safe as possible to raise money for charity.  Through our website we offer charities an online presence and the ability to take donations direct from the public online. In addition we offer charities the ability for their fundraisers to create their own unique fundraising page for any event, and to raise money for charity in a way that is easy, safe and very secure.

National Lottery - Ireland
The National Lottery generates funds for distribution by the Government.  In 2005 the National Lottery generated €203.2 million for distribution by the Government to beneficiary projects in the areas of Health & Welfare; Youth, Sport, Recreation & Amenities; Irish Language and Arts, Culture & National Heritage.  An Post National Lottery company is not involved in the allocation of funds to beneficiary projects, these allocations are made by a variety of agencies.

For further information on National Lottery funded schemes and where to apply for funding download the National Lottery Beneficiary Fund Fact Sheet (PDF size 125kb).

Philanthropy Ireland has its roots in a voluntary and informal association of grantmakers established in 1998 called the Irish Funders Forum. In 2004 the organisation was established as a charity and the name was changed to Philanthropy Ireland on the same date.  Philanthropy Ireland's main aims are twofold:  to foster the development of philanthropy in Ireland, and, to support the role and practice of charitable trusts and foundations.  This website also provides a directory of grant giving organisations.
Pobal's (formerly ADM - Area Development Management Ltd.) mission is to promote social inclusion, reconciliation and equality through integrated social and economic development within communities. Pobal is a not-for-profit company with charitable status that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU.
The Royal Irish Academy, the academy for the sciences and humanities for the whole of Ireland promotes excellence in scholarship, recognises achievements in learning, directs research programmes and undertakes its own research projects. A new initiative in 2006 offers direct help to charitable organisations to pursue their research interests through the Third Sector Research Programme (TSRP). This programme has helped enhance the research undertaken within and about the voluntary sector across Ireland.
The Framework Programmes (FPs) have been the main financial tools through which the European Union supports research and development activities covering almost all scientific disciplines. The FP is proposed by the European Commission and adopted by Council and the European Parliament following a co-decision procedure (view the FP7 approval process).  FPs have been implemented since 1984 and cover a period of five years with the last year of one FP and the first year of the following FP overlapping. The current FP is FP6, which will be running up to the end of 2006. It has been proposed for FP7, however, to run for seven years. It will be fully operational as of 1 January 2007 and will expire in 2013.  It is designed to build on the achievements of its predecessor towards the creation of the European Research Area, and carry it further towards the development of the knowledge economy and society in Europe.  Click here for launch of FP7 in Ireland.

Social Finance Foundation
The Minister of Finance announced in the 2006 Budget the Government’s intention to spearhead a Social Finance Initiative. The Government approved the establishment of the Social Finance Foundation in July 2006. The company was incorporated in January 2007. The seed capital funding of €25m was provided by the banking sector through its representative body, the Irish Banking Federation (IBF). These monies will significantly increase the funding available for lending at affordable rates for social finance projects.  The Social Finance Initiative is intended to mobilise the potential present in all communities to ensure that the quality and standard of local community and social infrastructure is commensurate with the level of Ireland’s economic development.

The Ireland Funds
The mission of The Ireland Funds is to be the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support programmes of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development.