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The Community Foundation for Ireland seeks to inspire donors and support charities and community groups. Established in 2000 we have made grants on behalf of donors of over €14 million, mostly in Ireland.

VitalSigns 2013

VitalSigns is a report card on the vitality of the nation. It grades twelve key issue areas that affect the quality of life of those who live, work, play and learn in Ireland.

Philanthropist of the Year Awards

These awards aim to recognise extraordinary individuals who have shown outstanding leadership in the area of personal philanthropy and who have made a remarkable difference in bringing about sustainable social change

Setting up a fund at The Community Foundation

Individuals, families and other organisations can establish their charitable fund at The Community Foundation. We can then facilitate consistent and planned charitable giving through the expertise of our grants team

Developing Community Capital

Developing ‘community capital’ through the establishment of permanent endowment funds is central to our ethos. Our Grassroots grants scheme allows us to fund local community groups and charities right around the country not only now but continually into the future.

Our Grants

The Community Foundation for Ireland is an independent grant-making organisation. With over a decade of experience in dealing with community, voluntary and charitable organisations we are well placed to assess the needs of various communities and grant funding accordingly.

Latest News

Why we Give: UK report looks at motivations and views of donors

10 April 2014 | In News

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) interviewed over 700 of their donors in the UK. The result is an inspiring insight into the lives of people who go the extra mile to help others. What drives them is a desire to give something back to those less fortunate than themselves, their personal faith, and a sense of moral obligation; but also a feeling of achievement, of making a difference.

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Mountainlodge Community Fund 2014 open for applications

11 March 2014 | In News

The Mountainlodge Community Fund is a scheme developed by ESB and Galetech Energy and administered by The Community Foundation for Ireland. It is now open for applications until 25th April 2014

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Happy International Women’s Day

06 March 2014 | In


International Women's Day, held on March 8th is an opportunity to celebrate the great progress made by women in Irish society but also a chance to reflect on what needs to change and how each of us, as individuals and collectively can make a difference in our communities.The Women’s Fund, at The Community Foundation for Ireland, was set up in 2010 and is a long term philanthropic fund, connecting women who care with causes that matter.

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