Monthly Archives: December 2015

Minister Reilly announces a €1.5million ‘Learner Fund 4’

Children’s Minister James Reilly has announced funding of €1.5 million for the ‘Learner Fund 4’ to assist practitioners in Early Childhood Care and Education to upgrade their qualifications.

Pre-school providers will be able to submit an online application, on behalf of their staff member, for a subsidised training course under the ‘Learner Fund 4’.

To be eligible, the staff member must be currently working directly with children in a registered Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme setting and meet the criteria for the Learner Fund 4, which will be set out in the application process. A maximum of one staff member per ECCE setting will be eligible to receive funding under Learner Fund 4.

Learner Fund 4, which will be administered by Pobal with the focused support of local City and County Childcare Committees, will open for applications in January 2016. Full details of the eligibility criteria and how to apply will be announced in the near future and will be available on the Pobal website.



#Belonging16 is The Community Foundation’s grants strategy for 2016. We see 2016 as a year of belonging. This will be the theme of our grants, communications, events, publications and activities throughout the year.

Firstly, we will launch #Belonging16 Micro Grants in February. Communities all across the country will have the opportunity to apply for €250 to hold a community party. It’s all about Belonging! Applications can be made online by any non-profit club or association. Grants will paid by bank transfer. All you have to do is send us a photo with #Belonging16 in your tweet or message.

Other grants that will be made throughout 2016 include Refugees and Trafficking, Sexual Identity and Transgender, At Risk Families, Older Persons and some flagship strategic grants along certain themes. Be sure to check back at for updates.


Demystifying EU Funding – Helping organisations to access the cash: Sligo – 3 February 2016

Training provider: The Wheel
Date / time: 3 Feb 2016 – 2:00pm4:00pm
Venue: Great Southern Hotel, Strandhill Road
Location: Sligo
Price details:

This is a free event for community and voluntary organisations and staff of local authorities but registration is essential.

This short information session organised by The Wheel is aimed at community and voluntary organisations keen to access EC funding.

Attendees at this event will leave with:

  • An overview of the EU financial and policy background for 2015-2020
  • A snapshot of the funding opportunities per EU programme (Horizon2020, ESF, Interreg, Creative Europe etc).
  • Information on grants available under the ‘Europe for Citizens Programme’
  • Tips on how to assess your suitability for EU funding
  • Information on EU training and resources available.

This is a free event and registration is a must. Book your place online here.

For more information go to
48 Fleet Street
Dublin 2
01 454 8727
01 454 8649

Humanitarian Assistance Scheme

If you have been flooded you may be able to get financial help from the Department of Social Protection’s Humanitarian Assistance Scheme. The means-tested scheme provides emergency financial assistance to households who are not able to meet costs for essential needs immediately following flooding. The scheme aims to provide financial support to people who have suffered damage to their home. It is designed to alleviate hardship rather than provide full compensation for damage.

If you have been affected by flooding and meet a means test you may be eligible.

What is covered by the scheme?

1. Emergency income support payments.

2. Damage to your home and its essential contents, such as:

  • Carpets
  • Flooring
  • Furniture
  • Household appliances and bedding.

3. Structural damage may also be considered.

What is not covered under the scheme?

  • Commercial and business losses
  • Losses covered by an insurance policy
  • Loss or damage to private rented accommodation or local authority accommodation

To apply for Humanitarian Assistance you should complete the Humanitarian Assistance application form (pdf). This form is also available from your local office.

Where available you must include the following with your application:

  • Evidence of household income (payslips etc)
  • Estimates for repairs or replacement
  • A copy of your insurance policy
  • Paid invoices/receipts
  • Any other information which may support your claim

To apply for Humanitarian Assistance contact the Department of Social Protection’s representative (formerly known as the Community Welfare Officer) at your local office.


St. Stephen’s Green Trust General Grant Round Opens

Applications have now opened for the St Stephen’s Green Trust General Grant – it will be the only round in 2016. 

The 2016 General Grant Scheme will focus on:

  • Prisoners / Ex-prisoners
  • Travellers
  • Homelessness

Learn More

Initial deadline: 29 Jan 2016

To read the full guidelines, including the two step process for applying, please download the guidelines / application form document here.

For queries in relation to the SSGT General Grant Scheme please contact: Orla O’Neill, Grants & Development Director, PO Box 950, Newbridge, Co Kildare

Tel: 045-480666; email:; website:

EIL Seed Fund is Now Open

Do you want to make a difference by sharing your experience and raising awareness in Ireland!

EIL Seed Fund is now OPEN to help you with any activities, events or Global Citizen Award action project(s) which will raise awareness about the people and issues you have encountered by providing successful individuals and groups with grants of up to €200! Your action project can have a real impact on the way Irish people think about global issues and in turn bring about real change in the world. Grow your idea into action!

You may face financial barriers, time constraints or be unable to access the necessary help and support. The EIL Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme exists to assist you overcome these barriers by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects. You can apply to the Seed Fund as individuals or as part of a group.

Some of the Main Features

For more info see:

or contact


North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force: St Patrick’s Day 2016 Small Grants Scheme

The North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force invite applications for the St Patrick’s Day 2016 Small Grants Scheme for once-off funding to Community and Not-for-profit Voluntary groups/agencies who are working to tackle drug and alcohol misuse in counties Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal. Grants will be awarded to projects with an Education/Prevention remit whose sole purpose will be the delivery of alternative, alcohol free events/activitiesfor St Patrick’s Day celebrations in March 2016.

Please find attached in respect of the above for your information and consideration:-

  1.     NWRDATF 2016 St Patrick’s Day Small Grants advertisement;
  2.     NWRDATF 2016 Terms and Conditions;
  3.     NWRDATF 2016 Small Grants Contract;
  4.     Interim National Drug Strategy 2009 – 2016;

Maximum award per applicant will be €1,500 and must directly relate to one of the Education/Prevention pillars and or actions of the National Drugs Strategy 2009 – 2016 (interim) attached.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday the 8th of January 2016.


Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal

Attachment Size
PDF icon National Drug Strategy 2.41 MB
PDF icon Contract 193.29 KB
PDF icon Terms and Conditions 369.38 KB





Welcome to Our Shared Platform

Information & Fundraiser Night

Monday 21st December 2015 @ 8pm to 10pm
In the Glass House Hotel, Sligo
Tickets €5.00 + A Raffle on the night

Christmas time is a special time of the year, yet for some, it can be a very distressful time; would you like to know why some people cannot socialise properly; why they behave differently when they are taking Alcohol or other mind altering substances. They can recover given the correct information

What the World Health Authorities have to say on Addiction

Fifteen minute presentation on the ROOT of the problem

Guest Speaker: Mr John Waters,                                                                                                                       National Journalist and Author

Also speaking on the night

  1. Recovered Addict
  2. Recovered Gambler
  3. Family member of Alcoholism in the Home
  4. Survivor of Suicide and Depression

Attend this presentation and you could help change the lives of a family member or a friend


A Common Sense Approach to Complicated Issues

Reg: Office No 3 Charles Street Sligo. Company No, 548570   Tele: 0868941991

Burleigh House, Ellison Street, Castlebar, Co, Mayo Tele 0868702062