The Women’s Fund

The Women's Fund

Established by The Community Foundation for Ireland in 2010, The Women’s Fund for Ireland is a long-term philanthropic fund. Its mission is to encourage philanthropy among women, to improve the lives of women and girls through social change grant making and to educate the entire community about the benefits to society when the potential of women is realised.

Our Grants and Donor Services Executive, Sara Stokes, talks through the Women's Fund for 2018, how to make a strong application and what common mistakes to look out for.

This fund is now closed for applications.

2018 Grant Round


  • Round opens for applications                       26th March 2018
  • Closing Date for applications                        30th April 2018
  • Grants will be made by                                     Mid-June 2018           
  • Progress Report due                                         07th December 2018
  • Final Outcome Reports due                          10th June 2019
  • Learning Network Event                                TBC


In our current cultural climate of #MeToo and #TimesUp, sexual harassment, its perpetrators and the direct and collateral damage associated with it has never been so visible. Building on our existing partnerships with organisations such as Safe Ireland, working to make Ireland “the safest country in the world for women and children", The Community Foundation for Ireland wants to find out what work is taking place in Ireland in the area of combatting or highlighting sexual harassment and what needs to happen to bring about real change in this area.

We are offering grants of up to €5,000 to organisations who are undertaking new work that aims to centre-stage this phenomenon and instigate changes in standards, behaviours and attitudes in this sphere. If you are part of a formal or informal group/ network that is involved in research, awareness-raising, advocacy, activism or other activities that aim to bring about this kind of social and cultural change, we are interested in hearing from you.

Please download and read the full criteria document here

How to Apply:

Once you have ensured that you meet all of the grant criteria above, you can then make an online application by clicking on the link below.

If you have any queries in relation to the grant criteria, application process or your eligibility for the scheme, please don’t hesitate to contact Sara Stokes