Open Grant Rounds

Community Foundation Ireland runs a series of Open Grant rounds throughout the year. As each round opens we will release more information on eligibility and criteria. How it works:

You see an Open Grant round which fits with the aim of your project or the people you are supporting.

You submit a proposal for funding. The criteria for assessment are published as part of this.

You will receive notification on whether your application for funding was successful.

Grants from Donors

Individuals, families, charities, and corporates who want to support our communities work with Community Foundation Ireland to decide on organisations to support.

Donors set up an account with us, called a Donor-Advised Fund, and then select organisations that align with their charitable goals for support.

Organisations may be contacted by Community Foundation Ireland if a donor has selected them for a grant award or is interested in considering a grant proposal from them.

Impact Grants

In specific cases, Community Foundation Ireland may invite an organisation to submit a grant proposal, or select an organisation for a grant award, where the grantee’s activities further the Foundation’s strategy and charitable purpose.

Eligibility Checklist

In order to be eligible for any type of grant from Community Foundation Ireland, applicants must provide at minimum:

Governing Document

A governing document (a Constitution or Memorandum & Articles of Association)

Bank Details

A bank statement where the account matches the name of the applicant. We cannot fund individuals; bank statements must be in the name of the organisation.


Additional documents may be necessary for larger grants.

Open Grants

The Circular Economy Innovation Fund 2024, a collaboration between Community Foundation Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, is now open for applications.

The grant round aims to support regional and national projects that are working on innovative and/or scalable solutions to ensure waste prevention. Grants between €40,000 to €50,000 will be available for non-profit organisations, social enterprises and small businesses working in the area of circular economy or aiming to make their existing work more circular.

The grant round opens for applications on until Friday, the 26th of July.

If you are a non-profit organisation or social enterprise, please find more about the eligibility, criteria, and application process Here.

If you are a small business please find more about the eligibility, criteria, and application process Here.

Please read the Criteria documents carefully before applying and check our FAQ document here. You can also access an Application Guide here for more information on the application process, guidance on how you can make your application stronger, as well as tips for navigating the grants portal. Email if you have any queries.



Energia is delighted to continue their support of the Meenadreen Scholarship Fund, operated by Community Foundation Ireland, into 2024. The fund aims to empower local students by reducing the financial barriers to higher education and by supporting education which contributes to a sustainable future.

The Meenadreen Scholarship Fund provides a contribution toward tuition fees and modest living expenses, for College or University students of sustainability-related courses living within 14km of Meenadreen Windfarm in south Donegal.

The scholarship provides funding up to €3,000 for undergraduate tuition fees, with consideration for partial or full funding for postgraduate students.

To ascertain your eligibility and understand the application process, please refer to the criteria here. The closing date for applications is the 6th of August 2024.

For any inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact Sean Maher at