List of Grantees

The Ireland Funds are strategically placed to ensure that grant recipients utilize resources efficiently. Our grant process ensures clear objectives with measurable results. We support vital work by determining the areas with most need and working with donors where their gifts can be most effective. Examples of some of the over 3000 projects we have assisted are below.


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Irish International Immigrant Center — The Irish International Immigrant Center has supported Irish immigrants since 1989 and has grown into a multiservice center for people from 120 countries helping them find their place in our multicultural society.  — Read more

174 Trust — The 174 Trust addresses the problems facing those in the community, namely issues facing those living in this socially and economically deprived area.  — Read more

Alone — The Ireland Funds are working to ensure that Ireland’s older population is never alone.  — Read more

An Cosan — An Cosan houses the three operations of The Shanty Educational Project Ltd., The Shanty Education and Training Centre, an adult community education centre; Rainbow House, an early childhood education and care facility; and Fledglings, the social enterprise centre. — Read more

AsIAm — Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a young child, Adam Harris was well-versed in the needs of those on the Autism spectrum yet keenly aware that the resources available to the Autism community in Ireland were less than optimal. So Adam put school on hold and started the AsIAm website.  — Read more

Atlantic Corridor – A Place Called Home — A new pilot education program, A Place Called Home, is being funded by The Ireland Funds in partnership with Atlantic Corridor, a local development company serving Ireland’s Midlands area.  — Read more

Baboró BEAST — With funding from The Ireland Funds, this project is now in its second year of bringing scientists and artists from the local community into the classrooms of Galway.  — Read more

Baboro International Arts Festival — Baboro is Ireland's flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families. It brings the most diverse selection of world-class events from Ireland and around the world to its annual one-week festival in Galway. — Read more

Ballinglen Arts Centre — The Ballinglen Arts Foundation is an internationally unique community based residency programme, through which international artists from Ireland and abroad are invited to Ballycastle, a rural village in North Mayo. — Read more

Barnardos — A children's rights and advocacy organisation working with children and their families through providing a number of support services from over 40 centres across Ireland.  — Read more

Barretstown Camp — Founded by Paul Newman, Barretstown is offers life-enhancing programmes for seriously ill children, support for parents, and those that care for children.  — Read more

BeLonG To — BeLonG To is the national organisation that advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender young people in Ireland. — Read more

Belvedere Youth Club — Belvedere Youth Club runs a myriad of after-school activities. The organisation cares for and educates children in north inner city Dublin and supports families.  — Read more

Benefacts — Transparency and trust – Ireland’s charitable sector has a new tool.  — Read more

Berkeley Balcony Tragedy  — The American Ireland Fund has made a donation of $100,000 to support those who are providing care and assistance on the ground, in particular the The Irish Immigration Pastoral Center San Francisco.  — Read more

Bia Food Initiative — The Bia Food Initiative (BiaFi) is now one of the largest food distribution centers in Ireland.  — Read more

Blossom — Blossom Ireland Discovery Camps provide just enough supports in the right environment to enable children with an intellectual disability to engage in activities to the best of their ability  — Read more

Blue Teapot Theatre Company — With help from The Ireland Funds, the Blue Teapot Theatre Company produced Sanctuary - a powerful play that is challenging and changing attitudes.  — Read more

Boxing Clubs Across the island of Ireland — The Ireland Funds have long-recognized that the tradition of boxing clubs is not only integral to the fabric of many Irish communities, but are truly a conduit for delivering positive lessons for boxers of all ages and genders.  — Read more

Brain Injury Matters — Through Music Therapy, The Ireland Funds help people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).  — Read more

BUMBLEance — The BUMBLEance medical transport experience removes fear for children. Equipped with a colorful interior, a TV, iPad, video games, movies, internet and music, the vehicle creates an entirely different type of transport for seriously ill children.  — Read more

Burrenbeo Trust — The Ireland Funds are helping the Burrenbeo Trust preserve and protect this unique and fragile Irish landscape.  — Read more

Business to Arts — The team of four, based in Temple Bar in Dublin, delivers professional development programs designed to create an impact within arts organizations.  — Read more

Care After Prison — It currently costs up to €65,000 a year to incarcerate a prisoner in Ireland. Care After Prison provides services that stem the flow of re-offenders and workshops that prevent young people from committing crimes.  — Read more

Children's Medical Research Foundation — The Ireland Funds are helping Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin out of its previous dark, cramped, substandard space built in the 1950’s, to a modern world-class facility serving Ireland’s families.  — Read more

Children’s Law Centre — Using the law to promote, protect and realize children’s rights.  — Read more

Children’s Rights Alliance — Children’s Rights Alliance is working to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child.  — Read more

Christopher L. Keeley Memorial Scholarship, TCD — The Ireland Funds, Trinity Access Programme and Trinity College Dublin are immensely grateful to the Keeley family for their generous commitment and for their imaginative philanthropy which is making such a difference to so many lives.  — Read more

Cinemagic — Cinemagic is an international award-winning charity that embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies to educate, motivate and inspire young people. Cinemagic offers placements throughout the year for young people looking for experience within a neutral, creative environment. — Read more

Co-operation Ireland — Co-operation Ireland supports political agreement on the island of Ireland by building positive relationships at community level, both within Northern Ireland and between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, through the promotion of mutual understanding and co-operation.  — Read more

Computer Clubhouse — A state of the art multimedia technology learning centre for disadvantaged young people (ages 8-18) in the heart of the Dublin Liberties neighborhood. — Read more

Concern Debates — Concern Debates is Concern Worldwide’s flagship schools activity. It gives students the opportunity to research and debate issues that affect those living in the developing world.  — Read more

COPE Galway — The Ireland Funds are helping COPE Galway meet the needs of the senior community, one meal at a time.  — Read more

Cork Penny Dinners — Cork Penny Dinners relies entirely on voluntary contributions to operate. Funding from The Ireland Funds Promising Ireland Campaign is helping Cork Penny Dinners continue its mission for the people of Cork.  — Read more

Corpus Christi Primary School  — Offers a safe, caring and happy educational environment for children from the extremely disadvantaged area of Moyross in Limerick  — Read more

Corrymeela Community — Corrymeela is a Christian community whose objective is the promotion of reconciliation and peace-building through the healing of social, religious, and political divisions in Northern Ireland.  — Read more

Cranmore Integrated Primary School — Based in Belfast, the school provides a religiously integrated educational environment. It services students on both sides of the religious divide in Belfast, including Sandy Row, Lisburn Road, Finaghy, Andersonstown and Taughmonagh.  — Read more

Daisyhouse — Daisyhouse’s service is provided over an 18-month period so that the cycle of homelessness can be broken and that the women are empowered to move forward to independent sustainable living.  — Read more

Darndale Belcamp Integrated Childcare Centre — With help from The Ireland Funds, Ireland largest community children’s center provides safe and supportive care.  — Read more

Energy Action — Energy Action addresses the heating concerns of the elderly and those in need, and provides training and employment opportunities for long-term unemployed people that are creative, sustainable and ecologically sound. — Read more

Fatima Mansions — Through innovation and the hard work, Fatima Mansions is now a community moving from being the most excluded and notorious housing estate in Ireland to becoming a model new urban neighbourhood. — Read more

Fáilte Isteach — Fáilte Isteach embodies the spirit of a hundred thousand welcomes to Ireland’s new communities  — Read more

Fermoy Boys & Girls Boxing Club — Established in 1980, this Club offers training to children ages 8-18, four nights a week. The Club is instilling boxing skills, discipline, and a sense of pride.  — Read more

Fettercairn — A community owned equine facility, situated in the heart of Tallaght. Its aim is to channel the young people's love of horses into a constructive community activity providing opportunities to develop their personal, social, educational and vocational skills. — Read more

Fighting Words — Fighting Words provides free tutoring in creative writing for students of all ages across the island of Ireland.  — Read more

Folktown Market — This once-neglected area has become a gathering space for Belfast residents from all communities.  — Read more

Forgotten Irish — The Forgotten Irish is an initiative designed to raise public awareness and funding for various charitable projects in the US, Ireland, and Britain that support Irish emigrants, particularly the elderly and vulnerable.  — Read more

Galway Autism Partnership — Galway Autism Partnership creates a new space for families living with autism. Support from The Ireland Funds has supported the Youth Cafés program.  — Read more

Guidedogs for Autism — Assistance dogs help to control and improve the behaviour of autistic children by promoting calm and acting as a safety aid to the parent.  The dog acts as a constant companion and enhances the child's social skills and interaction with family and peers. — Read more

Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland — A cross-community, Christian, housing organisation helping low income families build and purchase their own homes at a price they can afford. In Northern Ireland, Habitat focuses on promoting urban renewal and social inclusion in areas of housing blight resulting from 30 years of conflict. — Read more

Hazelwood College — Hazelwood College was the second post-primary integrated school to be established in Northern Ireland. Founded in 1985 by a group of Protestant and Catholic parents from North Belfast and funded originally by the major charities and the fund-raising efforts of parents, Hazelwood College now has over 700 pupils enrolled.  — Read more

Headstrong and the Gaelic Players Association — Whether it is the lessons learned from the pressures on the field or the pressures in life, Ireland’s greatest sports role models are sharing their experience with the young people of Ireland.  — Read more

Helium Arts — Bringing art, creativity and play to children in hospitals and healthcare settings across Ireland.  — Read more

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief in New York 2012 — The American Ireland Fund is responding to the recent Hurricane Sandy disaster with a gift to assist relief efforts.The tri-state area has always stood up for Ireland at its time of need. Now we would like to reciprocate.  — Read more

Integrated Education  — Integrated Education has been hailed as one of the most significant social developments within Northern Ireland over the last 30 years, bringing together children from Protestant, Catholic and other backgrounds in educational settings that teach respect, tolerance and conflict resolution.  — Read more

Irish Georgian Society — The Irish Georgian Society promotes the conservation of distinguished examples of architecture and the allied arts of all periods in Ireland. These aims are achieved by education and grants, planning participation, membership and fundraising.  — Read more

Irish Men's Sheds Association — It is often said that “Men don’t talk face to face; they talk shoulder to shoulder.”  — Read more

Irish Pastoral Centre — The Irish Pastoral Centre (IPC) strives to assist Irish immigrants in varying capacities and facilitate their positive transition to life in America.  — Read more

Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals — The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is Ireland's largest national animal welfare charity that helps, rescues, treats and responsibly rehomes tens of thousands of animals of all different species. — Read more

Irish Youth Foundation — The organization currently has two broad goals: to provide safe places where children can go after school to grow, learn, and play; and secondly to provide opportunities for teenagers from under-served communities to succeed and excel in their lives.  — Read more

Jack & Jill Children's Foundation — The Jack & Jill Foundation provides care and support for children with severe neurological development issues, as well as offering respite to families.  — Read more

Kerry Diocesan Youth Service — Since its establishment in 1971, the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service has always striven to meet the real needs of young people through committed volunteers, trained staff and the implementation of quality services and supports. — Read more

Kerry Film Festival – Silver Screenings — Singing in the Rain? Double Indemnity? Jane Eyre? ...all classics enjoyed by the members of the Silver Screenings presented by The Kerry Film Festival  — Read more

Kerry Sports Academy — The Academy will be the largest capital educational project to take place in Kerry in 2016 and during construction it will create 120 jobs. It will become the heart and soul of the community.  — Read more

Kids in the Kitchen — The Ireland Funds are bringing lessons in cooking to kids in Ireland. But so much more is being learned along the way.  — Read more

LauraLynn House at Children's Sunshine Home — There are an estimated 1,500 children living in Ireland with life-limiting conditions. LauraLynn House provides hospice care for sick children as well as a range of supports for their families. It is the only hospice in Ireland dedicated entirely to the care of children.  — Read more

Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership — LEDP was founded as a company with charitable status with the mission of employment retention and generation, developing education, providing social finance, promoting economic development and supporting the neighbourhoods in south Limerick City. — Read more

London Irish Centre — The London Irish Centre has been a `home away for home' for the city's Irish community for over fifty years. Established in the 1950s to meet the welfare needs of the huge wave of Irish emigrants arriving in the UK, the Centre has changed to meet the changing needs and interests of the city's Irish community. — Read more

Lyric Theatre Belfast — The Lyric Theatre in Belfast makes a unique and vital contribution to the community as the only full-time producing theatre in Northern Ireland. The theatre has stood as a beacon of hope and high artistic standards since the 1950s and, in the darkest days of Northern Ireland's Troubles, was a place where messages of tolerance and peace were safely shared.  — Read more

Macnas — Macnas has been creating performances in Galway for over 20 years. These performances have been created with the community, for the community and have formed the centrepiece of each year's Galway Arts Festival.  — Read more

Making Connections  — With support for Making Connections, The Ireland Funds are bridging the generations and helping older people conquer isolation, one friendship at a time.  — Read more

Margaret McLoughlin Art Project — Margaret McLoughlin, who had Down's syndrome, passed away in 2003 at the age of 25. Working with The American Ireland Fund, the McLoughlin Family set up a fund commemorating her spirit, vitality and joy. — Read more

Move4Parkinson’s — Move4Parkinson’s works to improve the quality of life for those with Parkinson’s through self-management and a range of holistic activities that include dance and song. The Ireland Funds provided a grant to support the dance therapy program.  — Read more

Music Generation — MUSIC GENERATION TO RECEIVE 3 MILLION EURO DONATION FROM U2 AND THE IRELAND FUNDS. This additional gift allows further expansion of Ireland's National Music Education Program.  — Read more

Music Generation Cork — The National Music Education Program in Ireland is now bringing music education to thousands of Irish children. Read the story of one remarkable young musician from Cork.  — Read more

MyMind — MyMind is transforming the way Ireland accesses mental health services.  — Read more

National Institute for Intellectual Disability — The National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) at Trinity College Dublin was established in 1998 to committed to providing people with learning difficulties access to lifelong education and learning programs. — Read more

Native Woodland Trust — The Native Woodland Trust is dedicated to the preservation of our ancient woodlands and to the planting of new trees and woods all over Ireland. — Read more

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship  — NFTE works with almost 60,000 young people around the world age 10-18. In Ireland, they connect young people with clubs, projects and mentoring.  — Read more

No Mind Left Behind — No Mind Left Behind aims to give promising young people from low-income households the opportunity to complete a third-level education that might otherwise be financially out of reach for them.  — Read more

Northern Ireland Children's Enterprise — NICE exists to encourage and support young people, parents and adults to come together, to get to know one another, and to begin the process of understanding and reconciliation through involvement in its programs.  — Read more

Oakwood Integrated Primary School — Oakwood Integrated Primary School was opened in September 1996 by a group of parents who came together from all sides of the religious divide. The school has grown and now educates over 200 children.  — Read more

Our Lady's Boys' Club of Galway — Since its foundation in 1941, Our Lady's Boys' Club has been a constant source of guidance and inspiration to the youth of Galway.  — Read more

PeacePlayers International — Through sporting activities, PeacePlayers International aims to bridge social divides, develop future leaders, educate children to lead healthy, constructive lives and build community involvement, ensuring long-term sustainability.  — Read more

Peter McVerry Trust — Peter McVerry Trust is committed to reducing homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage through its provision of housing and support services.  — Read more

Pieta House — Pieta House is preventing self-harm and suicide in Ireland.  — Read more

Pushkin Prizes Trust — The Pushkin Prizes Trust was established in 1987 by The Duchess of Abercorn to commemorate the creative legacy of her ancestor Alexander Pushkin by providing a place for children from different backgrounds to explore their common experiences through the medium of the creative arts and the environment.  — Read more

Royal Hibernian Academy — The Academy has evolved and grown into an important cultural body in Ireland that supports contemporary art and artists through exhibition, education and advocacy.  — Read more

Saplings School for Children with Autism — Saplings School aims to provide a unique education for children with autism.  — Read more

Science Gallery — Ranked among the top ten free cultural attractions in Ireland, Science Gallery hosts a rotating series of exhibitions which enable people to interact with some of the most fascinating current scientific issues, developments and trends.  — Read more

Sensational Kids — Sensational Kids has saved Irish families over €500,000 in therapy fees by employing a high quality but low-cost model of services.  — Read more

Sesame Street Northern Ireland — 'Sesame Tree', a version of Sesame Street made entirely in Northern Ireland with the intent of building the Sesame model for respect and understanding across the sectarian divide.  — Read more

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland — Social Entrepreneurs Ireland directly supports high potential social entrepreneurs to enable them to maximise their impact. At the core of their activities is their Social Impact Programme which provides financial investment and direct support to early stage social entrepreneurs — Read more

Special Olympics  — The world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 3.1 million athletes in 175 countries. Alternating between summer and winter, the Special Olympics World Games are held every two years.  — Read more

Specialisterne — Specialisterne is tackling the fact that 85% of those on the spectrum in Ireland are currently unemployed.  — Read more

Speedpak — With help from The Ireland Funds, Speedpak is bringing valuable training and support to unemployed people.  — Read more

Speedwell Trust — Based in Parkanaur Forest near Dungannon, the project began in 1991 as a community venture to integrate Catholic and Protestant primary school children through a curriculum-based program that addresses the exploration of the environment and the need for conservation. — Read more

Springboard — Springboard is a cross-community, cross-border organisation established in 1992 to build the capacity of young people and their communities.   — Read more

St. Luke’s Home in Cork — For over 130 years St. Luke’s Home has been a leading provider of care for Cork’s older residents. Today, The Ireland Funds are helping extend that leadership even further.  — Read more

Tara Centre — The Tara Centre offers a wide and varied range of professional and innovative services on a cross-community basis to traumatised, vulnerable and often socially excluded people within and beyond the Omagh District Council area. — Read more

Teachnet — TeachNet provides support to teachers in Irish primary and post-primary schools to enable them to develop and publish online curriculum resources to the wider teaching community.  — Read more

The 174 Trust - The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts  — The former Presbyterian Church has been entirely repurposed into an award-winning cultural venue, catering for several hundred people of all ages every week with a diverse range of activities and programs.  — Read more

The Ark — Literature, dance, music, new technologies, and film are just some of the mediums The Ark uses to inspire children, their families, schools, and communities.  — Read more

The Belfast Giant H.E.R.O.S. — H.E.R.O.S. stands for “Hockey Education Reaching Out Society.” Established in Canada, it is a program that has come to Northern Ireland to bring kids and communities together in an innovative way.  — Read more

The Butler Gallery — Thanks to The Ireland Funds, Kilkenny’s Butler Gallery offers free arts programs to local children and families.  — Read more

The Early Learning Initiative — In Dublin’s inner city, parents and children find a new resource for learning.  — Read more

The Icon Walk — Over the course of a few short years, the artistic transformation of these once neglected side streets is changing the neighborhood. A cultural history if Ireland can now be seen on the walls of these alleys.  — Read more

The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition — For post-graduate students and recent graduates, this Competition offers a top cash prize of €10k and an opportunity to pitch business ideas in front of leading entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists from the US and Ireland.  — Read more

The Irish Arts Center NYC — The Irish Arts Center is bringing the best of Irish arts & culture to NYC and beyond.  — Read more

The Irish Hospice Foundation — Recognizing how deeply people are affected by their surroundings, the IHF is working with hospitals to change not just the culture of care but also the physical environment of hospitals for people facing death and for their families.  — Read more

The Irish Wheelchair Association — The Irish Wheelchair Association has 20,000 members with limited mobility and is one of Ireland’s leading social enterprises. They provide over 2 million hours of service a year to people with disabilities in their homes and communities throughout Ireland.  — Read more

The John Hume & Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace — With the help of The Ireland Funds, in 2011, the University of Ulster announced its intention to establish the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at its Magee campus in Londonderry/Derry.  — Read more

The Learning Hub in Limerick — In County Limerick there is a place where art, science, music, health, stories and digital learning for children all come together to make up what is known as the Learning Hub  — Read more

The Little Museum of Dublin  — The Little Museum of Dublin is truly a “museum of the people” holding over 5,000 items related to the history of Dublin. Objects are donated by the public and more arrive every day.  — Read more

The National Gallery of Ireland — The Ireland Funds and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Programme have joined with the National Gallery of Ireland to Conserve The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife (1854) by Daniel Maclise (1806-70)  — Read more

The New York Irish Center — With the help of The Ireland Funds, the New York Irish Center in Queens, New York, strives to provide the perfect balance of community, culture and caring to the Irish in the region.  — Read more

The Playhouse - Street Talk Project — Situated within the historic walled city of Derry/Londonderry, The Playhouse uses the arts to address a range of social needs in the area, including cross-community relations, job creation, educational performance and the development of alternative curriculums for young people.  — Read more

The Simon Communities — The Simon Communities work with people who experience homelessness and housing exclusion in Ireland.  — Read more

The Tara Project at Blackrock Castle Observatory — Project TARA gives students in Ireland at the Blackrock Castle Observatory, and in Portola Valley, California at the Ormondale Elementary School, mutual access to two telescopes in each location.  — Read more

The Washington Ireland Program — WIP is committed to overcoming divisions of the past and empowering present and future leaders with skills and insights to build a shared future of peace and prosperity for Northern Ireland and Ireland.  — Read more

The Wicklow Hospice Foundation — It is said, “You cannot be born or die in County Wicklow.” With no medical facility there, residents have traditionally had to travel outside the county to receive medical care including hospice care. — Read more

University College Dublin O’Brien Centre for Science — UCD has created a Centre for Science which is truly first class, a magnet for the best Irish and international talent and a key player in Ireland’s future economic development.  — Read more

US - Northern Ireland Mentorship Program — The US-NI Mentorship Program is a one-year work placement for recent graduates from Northern Ireland to work with leading corporations in the United States.  — Read more

Vincent Scholarships at Trinity College Dublin — For over 30 years, Mr. A.W.B. Vincent has generously provided an annual scholarship for the top six students from the Genetics Department (now the Smurfit Institute of Genetics) at Trinity College Dublin. — Read more

WALK — The Ireland Funds helped WALK create a community garden where the harvest includes independence for those with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues.  — Read more

Wave Trauma Centre — Wave provides a range of support services to adults, young people and children bereaved, injured or traumatised as a result of the troubles.  — Read more

Way Buddy — The Way Buddy app allows individuals with intellectual disabilities to travel independently from home with confidence and safety.  — Read more

West Cork Music  — Since 1995, West Cork Music has been celebrating culture in Cork through world-class music and literature.  — Read more

Wexford Festival Opera — The Wexford Festival Opera has been running since 1951, playing a central role in the cultural life of Ireland and in the world of Opera and Arts internationally. From small and humble beginnings it has achieved world-wide success and critical acclaim. — Read more

Women for Election — The Ireland Funds are helping Women for Election increase the participation of women in Irish politics.  — Read more

Yellow Flag — Promoting Inclusion & Celebrating Diversity in Irish Schools.  — Read more

Young Social Innovators — With the help of The Ireland Funds, the Young Social Innovators program has expanded to Northern Ireland, encouraging young people to engage and connect to their communities.  — Read more

Youth Buddies / Leisure Buddies — Leisure Buddies is a friendship outreach project run by St. Christopher’s Services in Co. Longford. It pairs people with intellectual disabilities with volunteers from the community who facilitate social opportunities.  — Read more

YouthAction Northern Ireland — Youth Action Northern Ireland is a membership based organisation with a 65 year history of working with young people to tackle inequalities in their lives, improve their life chances and contribute to communities. They work with young people in both urban and rural areas,particularly targeting the age range of 14 to 25. — Read more