Community Grants & Supports

Information is supplied here on a broad range of grants & supports.  To make it easy to use, it is divided into sections.  This top section is a summary only.  Within the relevant sections, the grants are set out in a similar order, beginning with the name of the grant and the provider of the grant.   The closing date is provided, with a brief aim / description of the grant.  Finally, the link to the application site is provided – in distinctive black writing.

The following list of grants are provided below:

GRANTS WITH SPECIFIED CLOSING DATES:

Local Enhancement Programme 2024 – Capital Funding – closing date 08 March 2024 at 5pm.

Community Climate Action – closing date to be confirmed but early March 2024.

Resilient Communities Fund – closing date 05 April 2024.

Funding for Women’s Sheds – closing date not specified.

 

CONTACTS WITHIN FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL:

Email addresses for different departments.

Agricultural grants

Business grants & supports

Arts Council Funding

 

ONGOING FUNDING:

LEADER Programme – new funding period 2023 – 2027

Grassroots Workshop Support Scheme

Research Event Support Funding

Community Services Programme – Community Halls and Facilities.

 

FUNDING FOR HOMES:

Affordable Housing Scheme

Local Authority Home Loan

First Home Scheme

Help to Buy Scheme

Incremental Tenant Purchase Scheme for existing Local Authority Houses

 

Housing Renewal Energy Grants

Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant

Housing Adaption Grants for Older People and People with a Disability.

Lead piping grant scheme.

Repair & leasing scheme.

 

EU Funding:

Access to Europe.

The Green Transition Fund – closing date not specified.

 

Information on supports are provided on

Solas – Skills in advance

Charitable Donation Scheme.

Movement for Good.

If interested in any of these, please scroll down to the relevant section.

GRANT INFORMATION WITH SPECIFIED CLOSING DATES:

Name of Grant:  Local Enhancement Programme 2024 – Capital Funding

Provider:  Fingal Local Community Development Committee

Closing date:  Friday, 8th March 2024 at 5pm

Max:  €10,000

Aim:  To provide capital funding support to a wide and diverse range of local Groups, particularly those in disadvantaged areas. Funding is available to support small capital works/improvements, the purchase of equipment for community use i.e. tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment.

The following provides a non-exhaustive list of projects that could receive capital funding under the programme:

  •  Development/renovation of community centres
  •  Accessibility improvements
  •  Community amenities
  •  Development of youth clubs or facilities
  •  Development of sports/recreation facilities
  •  Improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces
  •  CCTV equipment
  •  Public realm improvements
  •  Streetscaping
  •  Development of play/recreation spaces
  •  Improving energy efficiency of community facilities to reduce ongoing costs
  • Purchase of equipment
  •  Purchase of laptops, tablets
  •  Maintenance of premises, including painting and repairs
  •  Capital work to increase biodiversity, or to reduce the carbon footprint of a facility

Apply:  Capital Funding Scheme Community and Voluntary Groups Application Form: Capital Funding Scheme Community and Voluntary Groups

Capital Funding Women’s Sheds, Groups and Networks Application Form: Capital Funding Women’s Sheds, Groups and Networks Application Form

Enquiries on the Local Enhancement Programme2024 should be directed to lcdc@fingal.ie

 

 

Name of Grant:  Community Climate Action

Provider:  Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications through Fingal County Council

Closing date: To be confirmed but indicated early March 2024.

Aim:  To provide funding under the programmes which will contribute to national climate and energy targets across the following themes: 

  • community energy
  • travel
  • food and waste
  • shopping and recycling, and
  • local climate and environmental action

Apply:  Groups who are interested in applying should contact Fingal Council Council and request to speak to the Community Climate Action Officer about the programme before applications close in early March.

 

 

Name of Grant:  Resilient Communities Fund

Provider:  PwC Ireland

Closing date:  05 April 2024

Max:  €100,000

Aim:  To empower individuals and teams across Ireland to spearhead local community projects that promote inclusion, equitable access to opportunities, skills development, and sustainability.

BOOKS FOR BRIGHT FUTURES – Get beautiful Book Dash books to children in your community to bring them joy, support their health and happiness and build their future — all you have to do is send our book files to a copy shop or printer and they will do the rest!

Join a wait list for:

FIRST LEGO League – Explore : FIRST LEGO League is an engaging and educational program designed to introduce young minds to the exciting worlds of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Community Fridge The Community Fridge concept revolves around the idea of sharing and supporting those in need. Anyone can contribute or take from the fridge, promoting a sense of community responsibility and solidarity.

STEAM In A Box STEAM In A Box is an immersive program that centres around educating the next generation of problem solvers, creative thinkers and innovators in the area of science, technology engineering, arts and maths.

Apply: PwC Resilient Communities Fund

 

 

Name of Grant:  Funding for Women’s Sheds

Provider:  Department of Community and Rural Development

Closing date:  Not specified

Aim:  To assist Women’s Sheds to expand within their communities, to run activities or to help them with their running costs such as insurance or rental costs. The grants which will be in the region of €1,000 – €2,000.

Apply:  By emailing the department at womenssheds@drcd.gov.ie

 

 

CONTACTS WITHIN FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL:

There are lots of community grants available from Fingal County Council. It’s important to be aware when a grant is available so your Club and Association can avail of it.  In order to be kept informed, please contact the relevant email below:

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES – email communityfunding@fingal.ie

SUMMER PROJECT FUNDING – email community@fingal.ie

*YOUTH SPORTS GRANTS – email sports@fingal.ie (these grants are active in August and September).

*SPORTS EQUIPMENT – email sports@fingal.ie (these grants are active from January to end of July).

FESTIVAL & EVENTS FUNDING – email events@fingal.ie

BUSINESS GRANTS – through the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) email info@leo-fingal.ie

*If your group is a member of the Fingal PPN, details of when the grants are available will issued in the Fingal PPN newsletter, at the start of each year.

 

 

 

AGRICULTURAL GRANTS

BUSINESS GRANTS & SUPPORTS

To help start, develop and grow a business, there are a number of supports available. 

Check out:

Local Enterprise Office – Local Enterprise.ie

Future Growth Loan Scheme and Mircrofinance are administered through the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment – SBCI (Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland)

There are a number of Crowd Funding sites, where a large number of people put in a small amount of investment. 

Alternatively, Venture Capital funding is provided by full time, professional firms, who invest with management in ambitious, fast growing companies, with the potential to develop into significant businesses.  Funds active in Ireland include:

Another option is an Angel Investor, who provides initial funding for start-up businesses, usually in exchange for ownership equity in the business.  HBAN.org

 

 

ARTS COUNCIL FUNDING

Click on this link for all of the following:

Arts Council.ie Available-funding

Closing on 15 February 2024:

Architecture Bursary Award

Arts Participation bursary Award

Circus Bursary Award

Dance Bursary Award

Desi Recording & Publication Award

Damhachtain Sparanachta Litriochta don Ghaeilg

Film Bursary Award

Literature Bursary Award

Music Bursary Award

Opera Bursary Award

Street Arts and Spectacle Award

Theatre Award

Traditional Arts Award

Visual Arts Award

Young People, Children & Education Award

 

Closing on 22 February 2024:

Commissions Award

Dance Artist Residency Scheme

 

Closing on 29 February 2024:

Young Ensembles Scheme

 

Closing on 07 March 2024:

Culture Night Late

 

Closing on 14 March 2024:

Arts Grant Funding

 

Closing on 21 March 2024:

Opera Projects & Production Award

 

Closing on 28 March 2024:

Creative Places Award

 

Closing on 29 March 2024:

Artist & Youth Work residency Scheme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writers in Schools scheme – ongoing

Follow this link to all these grants – Artscouncil.ie Available funding

ONGOING GRANTS:

FUNDING FOR HOUSES:

LEADER FUNDING:

The €180 million LEADER Programme for 2023-2027 has been announced, to provide support for thousands of locally-led rural development and enterprise projects over the next 5 years. 

Completed Expressions of Interest forms must be submitted by email only to leader2327@drcd.gov.ie.

The LEADER Programme provides funding to support community-led rural development, to stimulate economic and social development.  Those who can apply include community groups, social enterprises, SME’s, individuals and farmers wishing to diversify.  It targets funding towards three thematic areas:

  1. Economic development and job creation covering rural tourism, enterprise development, rural towns and broadband
  2. Social inclusion covering basic services targeted at hard to reach communities and rural youth
  3. Rural Environment covering protection and sustainable use of water resources, local biodiversity and development of renewable energy.

Funding depends on the type of project, the applicant, the maximum rate of aid and the maximum funding.  The procedure for funding is as follows:

  1. Expression of interest
  2. Making the full application
  3. Evaluation and funding decision
  4. Implementation
  5. Completion and grant payment

Further information: Leader Programme

 

 

Name of Grant:  Grassroots Workshop Support Scheme

Provider:  Environmental Protection Agency with the Educational Studies Association of Ireland

Closing date:  Applications can be submitted at any time and are assessed six times per year.

Aim:  To assist early-stage researchers with the delivery of workshops that fall within the remit of the ESAI and EPA.  Workshops are essential for the dissemination of research, knowledge exchange, development and exposure of early career researchers and for establishing new collaborations. They are a key networking tool, and an opportunity for early-stage researchers to increase their profile within a field of study.

Apply:  Grassroots Award Scheme

 

Name of Grant:  Research Event Support Funding

Provider:  EPA – Research Programme

Closing date:  31 March 2024 and thereafter rolling every 3 months.

Aim:  To provide financial support to small workshops, seminars and other events, which showcase current Irish research by the organisers and EPA funded groups.  The events must have a clear relevance to Irish environmental research priorities.  The events must be ran on a not-for-profit basis. 

Apply:  Research Event Support

 

Name of Grant:  Community Services Programme – Community Halls and Facilities

Provider:  Department of Rural and Community Development

Closing date:  Ongoing

Aim:   Helps ensure that community halls and facilities are open on a day-to-day basis in local settings and operate on a social enterprise model.  A community facility can be a premises/and or facilities that are for the use and benefit of a customer or a premises that is open to the general public.

Apply:  Apply-for-community-service-programme

 

Affordable Housing Scheme

Fingal County Council will make homes available at a reduced price for buyers, who are seeking to purchase a newly built home.  It is proposed that these homes will be on Council owned land and through advance purchases from private developers.

The purchaser needs to bridge the gap between their mortgage and deposit to cover the full price of the home.  The Affordable Home Purchase Scheme is aimed at households using their combined deposit and their approved maximum mortgage but who cannot afford the home at its open market value.

The Affordable Home Purchase Scheme provides the purchaser with an ‘Equity Facility’.

The purchaser enters into an Affordable Dwelling Purchase Agreement with Fingal County Council.

The purchaser receives funds from Fingal County Council, in return for the Council taking a percentage ownership in the property purchases.  The percentage ownership that Fingal County Council holds in the home is known as an equity share.

The purchaser can redeem or ‘buy out’ this equity share at a time of their choosing, but there is no obligation to do so. If the purchaser chooses not to redeem the equity share while living in the home, the Council can do so when the property is sold, transferred, or after the death of the owner.

A minimum deposit of 10% of the purchase price of the property will also be required so applicants should ensure they have sufficient savings before applying.

The affordable purchase price will be calculated by Fingal County Council based on the “purchasing power” of eligible applicants. This calculation takes into account applicants maximum mortgage capacity and the minimum price set for the home by the Council.

The purchasing power of applicants will be calculated as the combined total of:

  • Maximum mortgage capacity, i.e., 4 times gross household income, plus,
  • A minimum deposit of 10% of the affordable purchase price, plus, 
  • Relevant savings.

If you have savings above a certain amount, you may not qualify for the scheme. You can have the money to cover the deposit on the home and an additional €30,000. Anything above this is added to your purchasing power. And, if this purchasing power goes above the maximum price set for each home, you are not eligible for the scheme.

More information is available here:

Affordable Housing Scheme | Fingal County Council

All queries on Affordable Housing can be sent to:  affordablehousing@fingal.ie

 

Local Authority Home Loan

The Local Authority Home Loan (LAHL) is available for first time buyers and Fresh Start applicants who are unable to obtain sufficient funding from commercial banks to purchase or build a home. The loan can be used both for new and second-hand properties, or to self-build. It also includes the purchase of homes through State schemes such as the Tenant Purchase Scheme and Affordable Housing Schemes, with the exception of the First Home Scheme.

A Local Authority Home Loan provides up to 90% of the market value of the property. The maximum loan amount is determined by where the property is located.

Maximum market values of the property that can be purchased or self-built are:

  • €360,000 in Dublin, Kildare or Wicklow, or
  • €330,000 in Cork, Galway, Louth or Meath, or
  • €300,000 in Clare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford, Westmeath or Wexford, or
  • €275,000 in Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Kerry, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo or Tipperary.

Full details of the Local Authority Home Loan, including eligibility criteria, can be found at https://localauthorityhomeloan.ie

First Home Scheme

Aims to make home ownership achievable for thousands of individuals and families by bridging the gap for first-time buyers and other eligible homebuyers between their deposit and mortgage, and the price of their new home.

It is what’s known as a shared equity scheme. This means that homebuyers can receive funds from the Scheme in return for the FHS taking a percentage ownership in the property.

To be eligible for the Scheme you must be over 18 years of age, be a first-time buyer or other eligible homebuyer, have Mortgage Approval with a Participating Lender, borrow the maximum amount available to you from one of the Participating Lenders (up to 4 times your income*), not be availing of a Macro Prudential Exception (MPE) with a Participating Lender, have a minimum deposit of 10% of the property purchase price or build cost (for self-builds, equity in your site can contribute to your deposit.)

*There are no specific household income limits required to participate in the FHS.

To be eligible for the Scheme the property must be a qualifying house or apartment OR a Self-build on a privately owned site OR a house or apartment you are currently renting and residing in and now, looking to purchase having received a Notice of Termination from your landlord, as the landlord is putting the property on the market, be a property in a private development OR on a site in your name in the Republic of Ireland, be your Principal Private Residence and be within the local authority property price ceiling for the property type.

The FHS can fund up to 30% of the property purchase price or build cost (for Self-builds).  This amount is reduced to 20% if you are availing of the Help to Buy Scheme (HTB).  The minimum equity share is 2.5% of the property purchase price or build cost (for self-builds), or €10,000, whichever is higher.

For more information, Home (firsthomescheme.ie)

Help to Buy Scheme

An incentive for first-time property purchasers. It will help you with the deposit you need to purchase or self-build a new house or apartment. You must purchase or self-build the property to live in as your home.

Where you meet the required conditions, you will receive a refund of Irish Income Tax and Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) you paid in Ireland.

The refund will be from the four tax years prior to when you make your application. The refund will not include any refunds you have already claimed.

To claim HTB, you must be a first-time purchaser at the time of the claim, purchase, or self-build, a qualifying property between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2025, live in the property as your main home for five years after you purchase or self-build it and be tax compliant. If you are self-assessed, you must also have tax clearance.  You must take out a mortgage on the property with a qualifying lender. The mortgage must be at least 70% of the purchase value of the property or approved valuation, in the case of a self-build.

Only mortgage loans from qualifying lenders are considered in calculating the 70% loan-to-value ratio. Funding received from the State as part of a Shared-Equity Scheme would not form part of this calculation. 

To qualify, you must not have previously purchased or built a house or apartment, either on your own or jointly with any other person. If you are purchasing or self-building the new property with other people, all of them must be first-time purchasers. If you have inherited, or have been gifted, a property, depending on the circumstances, it may not affect your eligibility.

If you are purchasing the property, you must have signed a contract to purchase that property on, or after, 1 January 2017. If you are self-building, you must have drawn down the first part of the mortgage on, or after, 1 January 2017.

The contractor you are purchasing your home from must be approved by Revenue. You can check the list of approved developers and contractors to ensure that your developer or contractor is approved.  If you are self-building, you do not need to use a Revenue approved contractor. However, you will require a solicitor (registered with Revenue as a ‘HTB approver’) to verify your HTB claim.

To qualify for the Help to Buy Scheme, the property you purchase or self-build must be your home and newly built, with the construction subject to Value Added Tax (VAT) in Ireland.

The property must never have been used, or have been suitable for use, as a residential home. If the property was non-residential, but has been converted for residential use, it may qualify for HTB. If you purchase or self-build the property as an investment, it does not qualify for HTB. 

The purchase value of a new build means the full Open Market Value (OMV) of the property. This is usually the price you purchased it for, unless you paid a reduced price for the property.  The full OMV is the purchase value used for the purposes of HTB, in all cases. The purchase value of the property must be €500,000 or less to qualify for HTB.

If you are self-building a property, the approved valuation is the valuation of the property approved by the lender at the time you took out the mortgage. The approved valuation must be €500,000 or less to qualify for HTB.

You must take out your mortgage on the property with a qualifying lender. This loan must only be used for purchasing, or self-building, the property. The loan must be at least 70% of the purchase value or 70% of the approved valuation.  This is known as the loan to value ratio.

You are allowed to have a guarantor on the loan. The guarantor does not need to be a first-time purchaser.

You are eligible for increased relief under the enhanced HTB scheme if, during the period from 23 July 2020 to 31 December 2025, you sign a contract for the purchase of a qualifying property or make the first draw down of the mortgage, in the case of a self-build qualifying property.

The amount that you can claim is the lesser of €30,000 or 10% of the purchase value of a new home or of the approved valuation of the property, in the case of self-builds, the amount of Income Tax (IT) and Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) you have paid for the four years prior to your application.

The maximum payment is €30,000 per qualifying property under the enhanced relief. This cap applies regardless of how many people enter into a contract to purchase the qualifying property.

Universal Social Charge (USC) or Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) are not taken into account when calculating how much you can claim.

If you purchase a qualifying property, the refund will be paid to the qualifying contractor.

If you self-build the qualifying property, the refund will be paid to a bank account you hold with your loan provider.

Further information is available on Help to Buy (HTB) scheme

Incremental Tenant Purchase Scheme for existing local authority houses

This is a scheme for the purchase of existing local authority houses.

If you are a local authority tenant living in a local authority house, that is available for sale under the scheme and you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply to purchase your house.

Applicants must have a minimum reckonable annual income of €12,500 and be in receipt of social housing supports for at least 10 years. In the case of joint applications, a second or subsequent tenant must also have been in receipt of social housing supports for at least 10 years, as determined by the local authority in accordance with the rules of the scheme.

You will pay the market value of the house – less a discount.

Depending on income, the discounts will vary between 40% and 60%.

In determining a tenant’s minimum annual reckonable income, local authorities can include incomes from employment and private pensions. Certain social protection payments such as the contributory and non-contributory State pensions are included for reckonable income purposes under the Scheme because they are deemed long-term payments. Other social protection payments are disregarded because as they are deemed typically not to be long-term when compared with the term over which a property is purchased under the Scheme.

Your local authority will also place a charge on your house called an ‘incremental purchase charge’. This charge will be equal to the discount you get on the price of the house.

The charge will remain in place for 20, 25 or 30 years (depending on the discount given).

Each year, the local authority will reduce the charge by 2%. At the end of the 20, 25 or 30 years, the charge will be zero as long as you obey the terms and conditions of the scheme.

You must live in the house as your normal place of residence and get agreement from your local authority if you want to sell, let or sub-let the house.

You will be able to resell your house at any time if your local authority agrees. However, if you sell before the end of the 20, 25 or 30 years, you will have to pay back the value of the outstanding charge on your house to your local authority.

Like all homeowners, you will be responsible for maintaining and carrying out repairs on your house from the date you buy it. You will also have to purchase property insurance for your house as a condition of the purchase – and pay for this insurance yourself.

The local authority can refuse to sell the house in particular circumstances such as to tenants or household members involved in anti-social behaviour or with rent arrears.

More information can be obtained at gov.ie – Incremental Tenant Purchase Scheme for existing local authority houses (www.gov.ie)

Name of Grant:  Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability

Provider:  80% exchequer funding through the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with the remaining 20% in funding coming from Fingal County Council.

Aim:  To support home adaptations for older people, those with a disability and people with mobility issues.

Funding: Up to €30,000 to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs or up to €8,000 are available to older people to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out on their homes and grants of up to €6,000 are available for mobility aids.

Apply:  Housing-adaptation-grants-older-people-and-people-disability

 

Housing grants and schemes:

Housing Renewal Energy grants – SEAI.ie

Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant –

Vacant-property-refurbishment-grant

Housing adaptation grant for people with disability –  Adaptation grant for people with disabilities

Housing aid for older persons – Housing aid for older persons

Mobility aids – Mobility aids

Older people housing – Older person housing

Lead piping grant scheme – Lead piping grant

Repair and leasing scheme – Repair and leasing scheme

 

EU FUNDING:

SUPPORT INFORMATION:

ACCESS EUROPE:

There are a lot of funding opportunities in the EU.  As a result, a dedicated website was set up by the Department of Foreign Affairs.  Please follow this link:  Access Europe

 

Name of Grant:  The Green Transition Fund

Provider:  Part of Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), which is funded by the European Union.

Aim:  To help businesses move away from fossil fuels and towards more sustainable, cheaper alternatives. The fund will help businesses develop plans and build capacity within their organisations to deliver change. There is also funding available for manufacturing businesses to upgrade to more energy efficient processes. 

It comprises two separate streams of funding, to support the different aspects of the decarbonisation journey for Irish enterprises. These are:

  • Climate Planning Fund for Business – building company capability to develop plans for lower-carbon products, processes, and business models.
  • Enterprise Emissions Reduction Investment Fund– supporting capital investment and Research, Development & Innovation in decarbonisation

Climate Planning Fund for Business

Support Available

Climate Action Voucher: Consultancy support to develop an initial sustainability/ decarbonisation/circular economy strategy and action plan.

€1,800 grant

GreenStart: Consultancy grant to support companies to introduce environmental best practice systems and structures, achieve cost and resource reduction targets and lay a foundation for future environmental improvement projects

Grant rate of up to 80% of eligible costs up to a maximum grant of €5000

GreenPlus: Support for training projects to develop a high level of environmental management capability, drive environmental efficiencies and achieve improved sustainability.

Grant rate of up to 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum grant of €50,000

Strategic Consultancy: Consultancy grant to assist large energy users develop a carbon reduction roadmap

Grant rates of up to 50% of eligible costs. Typical maximum support of €35k

Enterprise Emissions Reduction Investment Fund

Support Available

Capital investment for Energy Monitoring & Tracking (EM & T) Systems: Supporting companies to put in place monitoring and targeting systems to begin accounting for the carbon footprint of their activities

Grant rate of up to 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum support of €50,000

Capital investment for decarbonisation processes: Supporting investment in carbon reducing technologies in manufacturing combustion processes

Max. grant rate of 30-50%, dependent on company size, up to a maximum support of €1m

Innovation Vouchers: Providing assistance to SMEs to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider in the areas of sustainability and decarbonisation

€5,000 per company

Exploring Innovation: Grant to support planning of research, development or innovation projects in the areas of sustainability and decarbonisation

Grant rate of up to 50% of eligible costs. Typical maximum support of €35k

Research & Development: Supporting the development of new or substantially improved products, services or processes, in the areas of sustainability and decarbonisation

Grant rates depend on project type and company size

Agile Innovation: Supporting the development of new or substantially improved products, services or processes, in the areas of sustainability and decarbonisation

Grant rate of up to 50% of eligible costs.
Typical maximum support of €150k

  

Apply:  Contact your Enterprise Ireland Adviser.

 

SOLAS – Skills to Advance

A national initiative that provides upskilling and reskilling opportunities to employees in jobs undergoing change and to those currently employed in vulnerable sectors.

Skills to Advance aims to equip employees with the skills they need to progress in their current role or to adapt to the changing job market.

Working closely with small and medium-sized enterprises, Skills to Advance helps employers identify skills needs and invest in their workforce by providing subsidised education and training to staff.

 

 

Charitable Donation Scheme

The Charitable Donation Scheme allows charities to claim a ‘top up’ of eligible donations of more than €250 by any individual taxpayer resident in Ireland and is estimated to benefit the charity sector to the tune of around €40m each year.

Accurate records should be retained by the charity.
All claims submitted to Revenue should be supported by a corresponding and fully completed CHY3 or CHY4 for relevant individual donors
.
Where requested by Revenue, these forms must be submitted within the time frame advised
.
The CHY3 and CHY4 forms, which are available on the Revenue website, should be used in the
format in which they are published and must not be altered or amended in any way

CHY3 is used by taxpayers who had signed an enduring donation of 5 years or more, while CHY4 is used by taxpayers who have signed an annual donation.
Claims should be submitted in respect of donations made in the year of the relevant claim.

One claim submission per donor, per year is permitted. Duplicate claims should never be submitted
.
Claims should be submitted only in respect of donations received after authorisation to operate CDS has been granted by Revenue.

Revenue urge all charities who use the scheme to note their recommendations and if you are not the person who operates the Scheme on behalf of your organisation, please draw this to the attention of the relevant person.

In funding terms, a maximum of 31% additional funding is available from the Revenue under this scheme.

 

 

Movement for Good Awards

Movement for Good Awards is open for nominations, providing an opportunity for charities to receive a €1,000 boost. This initiative 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 Movement-for-Good.com. 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:

  • Animals: 19-23 February 2024
  • Health: 22-26 April 2024
  • Youth: 17-21 June 2024
  • Environment: 12-16 August 2024
  • Arts & Culture: 21-25 October 2024.

 

 

 

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