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Youth Cafés Capital Programme 2013

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announced details of the allocation of €1 million to support the development of new Youth Cafés. The call for funding opened on March 12th and will close for online applications on 12th April 2013. This is an online application process only. Further information and a link to the online application can be accessed here or on

GIY Get Ireland Growing Fund
The GIY Get Ireland Growing Fund is a new community growing initiative to micro-fund a number of food-growing projects around Ireland. The fund is open to applications from community groups, schools and not-for-profit initiatives seeking to develop growing projects. Grants of between €500 and €5,000 are available. Application forms and application criteria are available on their website.

Community Growers Fund Now in Full Bloom
The Community Foundation for Ireland has announced the fourth round of The Community Growers Fund – funding community gardens that engage unemployed people.
The fund will now accept applications from groups in counties Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow until 28 February, 2013. Click here for more information.

The Community Foundation for Ireland – Grassroots Scheme (ROI)
Through the Grassroots Grants Scheme the Community Foundation for Ireland aims to support the disadvantaged in our communities by providing small grants for specific projects that will contribute to alleviating isolation and disadvantage. The Grassroots Grants Scheme seeks to:

Support areas of work that are currently not well funded by the state
Target areas of work where a small grant can create a new opportunity or make an obvious addition
Be relevant to urban and rural areas
A detailed list of the application criteria is available on their website. The closing dates for 2012 are:
30th March
29th June
28th September
28th December
Irish Youth Foundation
Do you work with vulnerable and marginalised children or young people? Register with the Irish Youth Foundation to find out about their grant calls. Previous awards have supported after schools clubs and homework clubs. More information available here.
Prior Funding Opportunities include:

HFfA Call for Expressions of Interest for Community Food Initiative (2013-2015) Funding
HFfA is calling for Expressions of Interest in participating in the new all-island Community Food Initiatives (CFI) Programme for 2013-15. The main aim of the CFI Programme is to positively influence eating habits of families in a community setting. The main objective is to promote greater access and availability of healthy and safe food in low income areas through a Programme of local projects using a community development approach. Please click here for the Guidance Notes document and here for the Expression of Interest Form.

The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund
The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2012 supports small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level. Community gardens and allotments have been supported from this fund in the past. Applications should be submitted to your local authority by 5pm, 11th July 2012. More information and application forms available here.

Active Belfast Grants
Working through the Belfast Strategic Partnership, Active Belfast has launched a new grant scheme, which aims to support more people to be active in the key areas of workplace, play and travel. The minimum awards for a local community grant will be £1,000 and the maximum £5,000. Guidance notes and application forms are availablehere. The deadline for applications is Monday 9th July 2012 at 10am.

The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund
Coca-Cola, through their Thank You Fund, will distribute €125,000 to community and voluntary groups throughout the island of Ireland. They are looking for organisations that have developed an innovative initiative or project which encourages communities to lead active lifestyles. A single grant of €25,000 will be made to one organisation and 10 additional grants of €10,000 each will go to a further 10 groups. Click here for more information. Applications must be submitted by midnight on Friday 6th July 2012.

Community Growers Fund
The Community Foundation for Ireland offered grants of up to €10,000 to engage unemployed people in a Community Garden or Allotments project within Dublin city or County. The Community Growers Fund was established by the Mount Street Club Trust at The Community Foundation for Ireland.