€5.7million in grants to community groups all over Ireland in 2016

€5.7million in grants to community groups all over Ireland in 2016

Posted on August 10, 2017

  • CFI is one of Ireland’s largest philanthropic organisations
  • It has published its 2016 Annual Report showcasing almost €6million awarded in grants to good causes in 2016
  • Particular priorities for Irish philanthropists in 2016 included homelessness, education and health.

The Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) has announced that it awarded over €5.7 million in grants to causes all over the country in 2016, its highest amount since CFI was founded in 2000.  CFI is a registered charity and believes in the power of philanthropy to deliver just and progressive social change. The 2016 Annual Report lists all the grant making and funding provided by philanthropic donors for the year.

CFI’s cumulative grant making exceeded €30 million since it was set up in 2000. In 2016 alone, over €5.7 million in grants was distributed, the highest amount the organisation has ever given out in a single year. CFI’s endowed fund exceeded €40 million at the year end.

Commenting on the 2016 Annual Report, Tina Roche, CEO of The Community Foundation said, “Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the people who give strategically through us, we had a record year for grant-giving in 2016. With the closing of major foundations such as Atlantic Philanthropies, we are committed to continuing the important work of developing philanthropy in Ireland and ensuring that generous people who want to give can do so in a way that is planned, strategic and impactful.”

The report outlined key areas of activity for the organisation throughout the year. A major theme for 2016, coinciding with the centenary anniversary of 1916, was exploring the sense of what it means to belong in Irish society today. CFI awarded over €600,000 to community and voluntary groups across Ireland to increase the sense of belonging in Ireland. 400 grants of €250 were provided to communities across Ireland to host Community gatherings, encouraging locals to get to know their neighbours. The remaining €500,000 was provided in grants to groups who work with families at risk of homelessness, refugees and transgender identities and experiences.

In parallel with the Belonging 16 initiative, CFI continued to support the community and voluntary sector through its ongoing programme of grants and through the generosity of its donors. Highlights include:

  • Grants to support advocacy and civic engagement on the part of older people were supported through the Older Persons’ Fund (supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies)
  • In 2016, CFI awarded strategic grants exceeding €325,000 to a wide spectrum of organisations including Safe Ireland, SpunOut and Irish Penal Reform Trust. CFI provides long-term strategic support in order to tackle pressing social issues in Irish society, some of which include domestic violence, youth unemployment, Traveller inequality and mental health
  • CFI managed and administered grant schemes on behalf of a number of trusts and foundations including The Tony Ryan Fund for Tipperary, Dúnlaoi Teoranta, the Tomar Trust and a number of corporates in relation to community benefit schemes.
  • Through the generosity of its donors, a wide range of individual grants were also made to non-profit organisations and projects throughout Ireland, as well as to overseas charities. Particular priorities for CFI philanthropists in 2016 included homelessness, education and health.

To download the full 2016 Annual Report please click here.

For further information please contact:

Hazel Hill, Marketing Executive on 0864196949 hhill@foundation.ie