The Ireland Funds awards €245,000 to nineteen Dublin non-profit organisations

by Alex Greaney
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The Ireland Funds, the global philanthropic network, has awarded €245,000 in funding to nineteen charitable causes in County Dublin through its Heart of the Community Fund 2022, which is providing critical and timely funding by responding to the needs of a wide range of not-for-profit organisations.

The fund has awarded organisations such as:

AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity. This grant will support the work of its Education Officer in managing the roll-out of the AsIAm AutismFriendly Schools Programme 2022/23. Autistic young people face barriers in education due to a lack of training and understanding of Autism across school communities. This program builds the capacity of teachers, students, and school staff to meaningfully include Autistic young people and cocreate an inclusive school environment.

Children in Hospital Ireland (CIH) which promotes the welfare of children and young people in the healthcare system before, during, and after hospitalisation. In 2020, it published a research report titled ‘Childhood Illness, Financial Stress’ which found that families experiencing childhood illness are often confused and uninformed on elements of their child’s hospitalisation and treatment. This grant will employ an Information Officer so families can easily access information and support from staff and volunteers when they most need it.

Ballymun Initiative for Third Level Education (BITE) and their aim to support and normalize young people from Ballymun going on to Third Level education by providing academic and personal supports. Access to college is starkly marked by geographical background in Ireland. Ballymun has the lowest progression rates among all Dublin postcodes. This funding will enable the design and delivery of a program that breaks down barriers to third-level education for students in Ballymun.

Books At One is a social enterprise operating a network of community bookshops in areas of rural isolation or social disadvantage. It has identified areas where easy access to book ownership and book-based events is limited due to economic circumstances and motivational disadvantage and seeks to address this through community-led programming. This grant will support the staff costs for creating a program of book-based community events at Books At One in The Liberties, Dublin 8.

Fatima Groups United was established in 1995 by a group of local residents in response to the chronic social problems in the area at the time. This grant will support a Family Link Worker to reach out to vulnerable families, particularly those with a child with additional needs. They will focus on building relationships with parents, early identification of needs and enhancing the strengths and protective factors within the child, family and community, providing 1:1 support and delivering an Additional Needs Programme.

A complete list of Dublin recipients for The Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund is as follows: AsIAm, Ballymun Initiative for Third Level Education, Children’s Books Ireland, Children in Hospital Ireland, Citywise Education, Daisyhouse Housing Association, Dublin International Film Festival, FamiliBase, Fatima Groups United, Making Connections, One Foundation Books CLG (t/a Books At One), One in Four, Project Arts Centre, SAFE Ireland National Social Change Agents, ShoutOut, Solas Project, Speedpak Group, Women for Election, and The Anne Sullivan Foundation.

The Ireland Funds launched The Heart of the Community Fund in 2021 to support organisations striving to meet the ever-growing needs of people across the island of Ireland.

This year’s grant round will provide a total of $1,000,000 in funding to 74 organisations in 23 counties across the island of Ireland. The grants have been distributed to organisations working under The Ireland Funds’ four pillars of Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, and Peace & Reconciliation.

Siobhán Gallagher, Executive Director of The Ireland Funds, said: “The Ireland Funds is proud to continue to build on the success of the Heart of the Community Fund and to support Ireland’s non-profit sector, North and South, with this latest round of $1,000,000. It is our hope that these grants will impact and enhance the lives of thousands of people, changing them for the better.”

Featured image: Emily Hughes; Joe Donohoe, Projects Manager, Fatima Groups United; Cyna Donohue; Siobhán Gallagher, Executive Director, The Ireland Funds; Kole O Keefe and Niamh Keaveney, Family Social Prescribing Team, Fatima Groups United.

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