St. Stephen’s Green Trust: General Grant Programme - Now Open

The St Stephen Green Trust's General Grants programme will focus on applications seeking to work in the following three areas: prisoners/exprisoners; male Travellers and homelessness.

Grant criteria are quite detailed so please read the guidelines carefully. If your application doesn't fit within these areas it is unlikely the Trust can fund it due to demand. Please also note the restriction around organisational income limits detailed in our criteria.

Deadline for applications: 22 September 2016

In addition to the thematic areas outlined below and in line with the Trust's current strategy, the general focus will be on applications which are about demonstrating what works, social analysis and developing a user voice to effect positive social change. Projects should be ideas-driven – embracing new thinking, invention and innovation. The Trust has a particular interest in supporting work in partnership with others and for which there are few opportunities for funding. Current grants focus areas are:

  • Prisoners/ex-prisoners: The Trust is interested in organisations working with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families. We will consider progressive initiatives focused on new approaches for: alternatives to custody; in-prison supports; out-of-the-gate supports; the availability of options to integrate the ex-prisoner back into society and initiatives working with prisoners’ families. Projects should include reflection and social analysis in the application, which allows the organisation to demonstrate what works or doesn’t work. Information gathered should be used to influence policy development and to effect change with some of the more difficult issues facing prisoners/ex-prisoners and their families. Development projects or start-up initiatives need to have a clear basis for financial sustainability in future years.
  • Male travellers: The Trust recognises the multiple layers of disadvantage and racism experienced by Travellers in Irish society. 1) We have a particular interest in locally-based projects seeking to increase the participation of male Travellers in the development of their own community, including initiatives breaking new ground in the area of family support, culturally-appropriate employment initiatives and personal development. 2) We are also interested in initiatives which improve literacy levels and educational progression. 3) Mental health projects are also of interest. We particularly encourage fresh thinking around enduring issues and applications should include a pathway to sharing the learning at all levels.
  • Homelessness: In 2016, the Trust is encouraging applications from organisations seeking to find new solutions to the current crisis in homelessness and disseminating what works. Areas which will be considered by the Trustees include social analysis, policy development and interventions which will contribute to long term solutions to the current crisis. We are not accepting applications for service provision which don’t have these elements as a key part of the project.

More information and an application form is available on or contact the Trust at or telephone (045) 480666

St Stephen's Green Trust Limited is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland. Registered company number: 447527.  Registered office: 75 Weston Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14.  CHY number 10449. Charities Regulatory Authority number 20026547.  Directors: Stephen Rourke (Chair); Sr Maria McGuinness; Fr Mike Drennan; Donal O'Brien; Dearbhail McDonald.