VHI Run for Fun €25,000 Fund

Posted on 29 Nov 2019

Vhi, in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation, is providing €25,000 to fund 5 not-for-profit voluntary and charitable organisations supporting children and young people living in underserved communities throughout Ireland.

What is the fund?

The mission of the Vhi Run For Fun programme is to empower and build self-esteem of young people through a fitness and nutrition programme. The programme is an 8 week programme designed to:

  1. Develop the right mindset around fitness and nutrition for the young people participating on the programme
  2. Secure participation of the young people in an 8-week fitness programme
  3. Build a better understanding around good nutrition and food for the young people
  4. Celebrate with the achievement of taking part in a local parkrun


  • The organisation must be a;
    • Charitable organisation with a registered charity number working within a community
    • Not for profit organisation with a bank account and constitution
  • The fund is open to organisations working with children and young people up to the age of 18, living in disadvantaged circumstances in the ROI
  • The fund is aiming to engage with young people aged 10-18 years
  • The fund will be for small grants of €5,000 (5 grants of €5,000)
  • There will be a regional spread of grants supporting projects across ROI with a focus on areas where Vhi has a presence
  • Activities using the fund must be based in ROI
  • The organisation must be in operation for at least 12 months
  • Schools may not apply for the funding
  • Applicants for the fund must be over the age of 18 and have consent to make the application by their project director or board
  • The fund may only be used for executing the Run For Fun programme
  • Organisations applying for funding must be willing to engage with and execute the Run For Fun programme over an 8 week period from end of January – end of March 2020
  • The fund opens for applications on the 6 November and closes on 6 December 2019 at 6pm.
  • None of data collected from these applications will be shared with Vhi for other use outside this grant application. If applicants want to be updated about further grant applications from the Irish Youth Foundation they may tick a box in the online form.
  • The organisation must provide a copy of their audited accounts/end of year accounts if requested.
  • The organisation must provide a reference if requested.

Find Out More

Full application details are available here.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 6 December @ 6pm.