CFI Accepting Applications for New Scheme for Marginalised Women

The Community Foundation for Ireland is now seeking applications from registered charities and not for profit organisations around Ireland who work with marginalised women under its new funding scheme, the OLC Ireland Trust Fund.

The OLC Ireland Trust Fund is managed by The Community Foundation for Ireland on behalf of The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. The Fund will endeavour to support projects that most closely respond to issues concerning addictions, prostitution, trafficking, violence and abuse of women. The goal of the fund is to provide resources which will help educate, develop and enhance the lives and dignity of marginalised women.

This new Fund has been opened with a total of €85,500 available for grant-making in 2009. It will award grants four times per year with the first closing date for applications being March 31st 2009. Grants will be in the region of €500 to €5,000 except in exceptional circumstances when a maximum of €10,000 will be awarded. Grants will be made for once-off projects that are not the core of ongoing activities of the organisation concerned.

Commenting on the launch of the OLC Ireland Trust Fund, Tina Roche, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation for Ireland said, “We are proud to launch this new fund on behalf of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. Having a dedicated fund for issues such as prostitution or trafficking raises awareness of not only the issues themselves but also highlights the work of the many community and voluntary groups in this country who are committed to helping women who are marginalised in Ireland.”

OLC Ireland Trust Fund was established by the Sisters in the Irish Region (Republic of Ireland) in 2007. The Sisters have a long tradition of supporting marginalised women in Ireland going back as far as 1853. With the decline in the numbers of sisters in the Irish Region available for hands on ministry the OLC Ireland Trust Fund attempts to respond to mission in a new way.

Further Information

Application forms for the OLC Ireland Trust Fund are now available at or contact The Community Foundation for Ireland directly at 01 874 7354 or