Community Foundation for Ireland Re-launches Grants for Non-Profit Managers

Following an internal review of the application criteria, the Community Foundation for Ireland has now re-launched its Ray Murphy Fund, which provides training grants to managers of non-profit organisations.

The updated criteria for the fund includes the following general conditions:

  • The Ray Murphy Fund will make grants to build leadership within the community sector over 10 years, 2008 - 2017. The grants will be for a maximum of €4,000 each and 5 grants will be awarded per year.
  • The fund is aimed at Chief Executives (or equivalent) within the community and voluntary sector.
  • The fund will support CEOs to reflect on their leadership role within the community
  • Grants from this fund will provide CEOs with the opportunity access leadership-related education or training.
  • The Community Foundation for Ireland regrets that it will not accept applications for courses which are not centrally focused on Leadership-related education or training.
  • The fund will not cover regular Degrees or Post-Graduate courses

The fund will issue grants to organisations to allow their CEOs to:

  • Attend a course or take an opportunity that will provide time for reflection and skills development that will enhance the community sector
  • The Foundation will construct an opportunity to enable the attendee to present their learning to their peer group by way of seminars possible a lunchtime series on Leadership.
  • The fund will not issue grants retrospectively
  • Grants will be awarded to charities or organisations working within the charitable sector
  • Grant recipients will be expected to provide a final report to the CFI regarding their progress

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are assessed three times per year. The two remaining 2009 deadlines for assessment are: 31st July and 30th October.

The Ray Murphy Fund application form is not freely available. Potential applicants must call or email the Grants Officer to discuss the suitability of a proposed project prior to making an application.

Contact details: Helen Beatty, Grants Officer, Community Foundation for Ireland. Ph: 01 8747354 or email: