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

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Children and family charities with an annual income of €10,000 to €500,000 may apply to the Community Grants Round. Children and family charities with an annual income of more than €500,000 may apply to the Impact Grants Round. Please read through the criteria thoroughly before applying for funding. Links to our online application forms can be found in the criteria documents.

Community Grants Criteria 2024

Impact Grants Criteria 2024

If you have any questions, please take a look at our FAQ document and if your question is not answered there, you can get in touch with us at

Community Foundation Ireland hosted a webinar on Wednesday 14th February that ran through the criteria and shared tips and advice on how to apply for funding. To watch the webinar on YouTube here.

We recommend watching this webinar to find out whether you are eligible and for how to apply.

Chat With Us

Partnership starts with good conversations.

If you are located in Ireland and would like to be considered for an Impact Grant or a Donor-Advised Fund grant, please begin by registering for our ‘Chat with Community Foundation Ireland’.

You’ll have the opportunity to speak to someone on our Grants Team, who may invite a proposal if your work aligns with our grant opportunities.

Register Here!