Movement for Good Awards 2024

The Movement for Good Awards opens its doors for nominations, providing an opportunity for charities to receive a €1,000 boost. This initiative, having already donated over €5 million since its inception in 2019, is committed to making a positive impact by supporting a diverse range of causes.

Nominations are now officially open and can be submitted quickly and easily at Randomly selected winners will be announced, and the more nominations a charity receives, the greater its chances of being chosen.

In addition to the €1,000 grants, special draws will allocate €5,000 to charities within specific sectors:

Youth: 17-21 June 2024
Environment: 12-16 August 2024
Arts & Culture: 21-25 October 2024.

Participation Nation Outdoor Fund

The Minister of State for Sport, Physical Education and the Gaeltacht, Thomas Byrne T.D., has launched a new sport investment fund, the ‘Participation Nation Outdoor Fund’, for the purchase and installation of permanent sport equipment that can be placed on public land for community use.

In line with the Programme for Government target of reaching 60% overall participation in sport by 2027, the fund is designed to spur physical activity in local community settings by supporting Local Sports Partnerships with the development of sport projects on publicly accessible land.

The fund will be overseen by the Department and administered by Sport Ireland with applications open to the network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships. (‘LSP’). A minimum of €70,000 will be available to each LSP for the purposes of installing barrier-free sports infrastructure on publicly accessible land.

CLOSING DATE: 21st June 2024

One World Week Seed Fund

The OWW Seed Fund is an exciting opportunity for youth organisations to explore an aspect of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to connect your work locally with issues, events and happenings globally’.

Project implementation should take place between 12th August – 20th October 2024. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to €400 and free training with the Youth 2030 expert team to help you deliver a young person-centred project on issues relating to our global world. This funding is to support projects in the non-formal youth work education sector.

CLOSING DATE: 21st June 2024

Music Capital Scheme

The Music Capital Scheme, which is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to individual professional musicians and non-professional groups across the country.

A total of €542,000 in funding is available through the following awards which are now open for applications:

Award 1 – for non-professional performing groups
Award 2 – for individual established professional performing musicians
Award 3 – for individual emerging professional performing musicians

CLOSING DATE: 25th June 2024

Rethink Ireland – Sports & Wellness Fund 2024

The Sports and Wellness Fund aims to support social innovations that use sports and physical activity programmes to have a demonstrable impact on improving mental health outcomes and social inclusion for people and communities in Ireland.

This two-year Fund will offer a package of cash grants and non-financial supports to up to 5 awardees to help them scale and maximise their impact in promoting healthier lives, increased levels of mental health and wellbeing and improved social cohesion.

CLOSING DATE: 12th July 2024

Circular Economy Innovation Fund 2024

The Circular Economy Innovation Fund 2024, a collaboration between Community Foundation Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, is now open for applications.

The grant round aims to support regional and national projects that are working on innovative and/or scalable solutions to ensure waste prevention. Grants between €40,000 to €50,000 will be available for non-profit organisations, social enterprises and small businesses working in the area of circular economy or aiming to make their existing work more circular.

CLOSING DATE: 19th July 2024

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Community Grants

The SEAI Community Grant supports energy efficiency community projects through capital funding, partnerships, and technical support.

Through the support of SEAI, communities are improving the energy efficiency of shared community buildings and businesses are becoming more competitive through reduced energy costs. In addition, homes are being upgraded making them more comfortable and helping alleviate the effects of energy poverty.

This SEAI Community Grant is managed by Project Co-ordinators. If you are a local community service operator and you are interested in applying for the Community Grant, it is advised that you get in touch with a project coordinator

Community Water Development Fund

Groups may apply for capital funding for works to include River Restoration Works, Silt Trapping, Pollution Management, Invasive species, Creation of habitat (full list of capital works available on

Creating Public Awareness through community led surveys, booklets, information session, signage etc.

Enhancing a public area i.e. picnic area, river walk etc

CLOSING DATE: December, 2024

Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership

Grants are available for the following streams:

  1. Club Development Grant — This grant is designed to support clubs and volunteers to increase participation in sport and physical activity in Kilkenny. This fund aims to encourage the setup of new clubs and assist existing clubs to attract new participants.
  2. Women in Sport Support Fund —This fund is designed to enable clubs and organisations to develop programmes that specifically target and support women’s participation in sport.
  3. Dormant Accounts Volunteer Support Fund — This fund is designed to enable clubs and organisations to increase the number of people of all ages playing a leadership role in developing sports and physical activity in their communities.

Town & Village Renewal Scheme (To Be Announced)

Target Group: Towns/Villages population under 10,000

Successful expression of Interest Application will demonstrate close collaboration between communities and business interests in the design and delivery of proposed projects and must have the support of the Local Authority.

Examples: Capital Works-Community Centre / Community projects/shops/cafe/gardens.

Closing Date: To Be Announced

Community Foundation Ireland

Do you represent a community or organisation looking to make a positive change? Community Foundation Ireland love to talk to and partner with groups of people who share their mission of equality for all in thriving communities.

Once the conversation starts, there are a number of funding options which they can discuss with you to see which partnership might work best.

Projects should align with at least one of the pillars supporting their equality mission: Sustainable Futures, Inclusive Communities, Empowering Generations or Accelerating Change.

2023 Parent Peer Support Fund

This fund is open to organisations working with parents and/or children and young people to facilitate the development and support of parent peer support groups. Beneficiaries of the initial round of Parent Peer Support funding included organisations working with parents of LGBTI+ children, parents of children with a disability and parents of children who have recently migrated to Ireland. This year, a total of €75,000 will be made available to 37 organisations with each successful applicant receiving €2000 to provide and promote parent peer support group activities across the country.

The Reach Fund 2024

The Reach Fund is issued to ETBs, and is designed to support and engage with disadvantaged learners who have the highest level of need.

It can be used to assist learners with transport or education costs, funding on access to technology and devices, expanding community access to Wi‐Fi and broadband resources.

As part of 2023 funding for the Further Education and Training Sector, SOLAS has allocated €250,000 to Kilkenny and Carlow ETB in respect of Reach Funding.

PwC Ireland Resilient Communities Fund Inviting Applications

PwC has launched the PwC Ireland Resilient Communities Fund in collaboration with ChangeX. The PwC fund is designed to empower individuals and teams to spearhead local community projects that promote inclusion, equitable access to opportunities, skills development, and sustainability.

Local Enterprise Office Financial Supports

Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny provide services to new and established businesses in county Kilkenny.

These include:

  • Business Information, Signposting and Advice
  • Enterprise Development Training including Start Your Own Business Courses
  • One-to-One Business Specific Mentoring
  • Business Expansion Services including Management Development Training and LEAN Business process programmes
  • Direct Financial Assistance*

*Where eligibility criteria are met, the Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny offers a range of financial supports to assist the start-up, and expansion of small businesses in the manufacturing and export services sectors:

  • Priming Grant (for business trading less than 18 months)
  • Business Expansion Grants (for businesses trading greater than 18 months)
  • Feasibility Study/Innovation Grants
  • Technical Assistance for Micro-Exporters
  • Microfinance Ireland Loan Scheme
  • Trading Online Voucher Scheme – aimed at micro-enterprise

Vacant Homes Refurbishment Grant Scheme

The Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant is a grant you can get if you are bringing a vacant property back into use as your permanent home or a rental property. A grant of up to €50,000 is available. An additional top-up grant amount of up to €20,000 can be sought, if the property is derelict (deemed structurally unsound and dangerous). The grant is inclusive of VAT

Small Business Vacant Premises Scheme

The purpose of the ‘Small Business Vacant Premises Incentive Scheme’ is to give an incentive, to a start up business or a small business expanding, to occupy previously vacant commercial property. Entry costs are lowered through a grant related to the level of rates payable on the property (not exceeding €5000p.a.).

The grant is based on a correlation to the business’s commercial rates paid on a reducing basis of 75%, 50% and 25%, over a three year period. This scheme will allow a business to receive up to €7500 over the three years of the scheme.

National Lottery Funding For Good Causes