Applications Being Sought for Older Persons’ Fund

The Older Persons’ Fund at The Community Foundation for Ireland is now open for applications. All applications are online and the closing date is 4.30 p.m. Thursday 23 March 2017. 

Why an Older Persons’ Fund?
It is estimated that by 2041, people aged over 65 will account for 22% of the population in Ireland, compared to some 11% today.

The Older Person’s Fund seeks to realise the benefits of this changing demographic by building a long term sustainable fund to support older people’s voices at a local and national level and their capacity to engage fully in all strands of society. In line with this goal, the mission of The Older Persons’ Fund will be to support strategic community based and national activities promoting Older People as Active Citizens and Advocates – including influencing policy, community decision-making processes, leadership, negotiation and other ways to give greater“voice” to Older People. 

The Older Persons’ Fund has been set up with an initial investment of €3m provided by us (€1m) and The Atlantic Philanthropies (€2m). We are targeting an additional €1m to be raised and allocated to the fund between now and 2018, as well as on-going fund development in the longer term.

Criteria & Eligibility

This year there are two categories that you may apply for a grant under:

A. Inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles - Grants of up to €7,500 will be available to organisations working towards inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles

B. Supporting older peoples’ voices at local & national level - Grants of up to €7,500 will available to organisations working towards supporting older peoples’ engagement in advocacy.

Please see here for information and how to apply to each category.