The Older Persons’ Fund was established by The Community Foundation for Ireland and Atlantic Philanthropies in 2014 to promote the civic engagement of older people, as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities.
The Older Persons’ Fund seeks to support older people’s voices at a local and national level and their capacity to engage fully in all strands of society. In line with this goal, the mission of The Older Persons’ Fund is to support strategic community based and national activities promoting Older People as Active Citizens and Advocates – including influencing policy, community decision-making processes, leadership, negotiation, and other ways to give greater “voice” to Older People.
Since 2014, over €1.5 million have been awarded to organisations working on these goals across the country from the Older Persons’ Fund.
Irish organisations working with older people in Ireland to achieve the objectives above can apply for a grant under the following strands:
- Active Citizenship
Organisations can apply once to one of the Strands above.
All applications must meet the criteria for the Fund, any organisation or project that does not meet the eligibility criteria will not be successful in this grant round.
We recommend that organisations read through each criteria document before making a decision about applying.
Strand 1 Active Citizenship
The Active Citizenship strand is open to registered charities and local community / voluntary groups with an annual income of less than €2,000,000. Organisations must be able to demonstrate how their proposed project links to the National Positive Ageing Strategy’s goals.
Grants of up to €7,500 are available to organisations working towards inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles. Applications can be to support community based and national activities that promote older people as active citizens and build older people’s capacity and potential to take on roles in their community. Social trips, parties or other primarily social activities will not be funded.
The objective of this strand is to promote older people’s participation as active citizens in their communities and their inclusion in civic life.
Strand 2 Advocacy
The Advocacy strand is open to registered charities and local community / voluntary groups with an annual income of less than €2,000,000. Organisations must be able to demonstrate how their proposed project links to the National Positive Ageing Strategy’s goals.
Grants of up to €7,500 are available to support projects that empower older people to become advocates on issues that affect them. Applications can be to support advocacy by older persons’ for older persons, training to influence policy, developing community decision-making processes, building leadership or negotiation skills and other innovative projects to give greater “voice” to older people.
The objective of this strand is to support older people’s ‘voice’ at a local and national level, and their capacity to engage in all strands of society.
Closing Date for applications: 5th August 2022
Grants will be awarded: October 2022
Work should begin: October / November 2022
Learning & Networking Event 1 November 2022
Learning & Networking Event 2 November 2023
How to apply
- Read through the criteria documents to check that your organisation and project is eligible (see below)
- Read through our FAQs and our Grants Hub for any additional information you might need.
- Use the links below for the full criteria on each strand and to apply online.
Only one person should work on the application form at a time. Your online application can be saved as a draft at the bottom of the form if you want to come back to it at a later date. The closing date is 4.00 pm Friday 5th August. We recommend you submit your application well before this deadline in case of any unexpected issues.
When submitting your application, you will be required to submit the following documents:
- Constitution or Memorandum and Articles of Association
- Bank or credit union statement header
- Most recent signed audited accounts
Applications without the right documents will not be accepted.