Hi Folks,

I have signalled my interest in purchasing a Community Centre in Galway City.  The approximate cost of repairing and refurbishing this building is between 100,000 and 150,000 euro.  

I have long held a deep seated interest in supporting charitable, sports and socials clubs and organisations throughout my life. Although I am living on the west side of the city, my CV is littered with energy, involvement and time spent in the precise locality i.e. my childhood origins where this Community Centre is up for sale.

My plan is to make permanent provision for two clubs and organisations that still use this Community Centre: An Active Retirement Club and a Ladies Club.  I have big plans for this Community Centre if I am fortunate enough to be in with a real chance of acquiring same.  Money should not be an obstacle in this regard but I'm afraid it is at this moment in time.

In essence, my question is this: Would any member of the wheel be aware of any individual or Philanthropic organisation who might help me achieve my dream and in turn lift the quality of life for present and future generations in this vibrant Community?


Sean Garvey

4 Devon Mews


Galway Ireland 

091 525 015


paul.meade's picture

Hi Sean,Thanks for your

Hi Sean,

Thanks for your question.

While there are still a large number of grants available to those working in the community and voluntary sector, there is simply no denying the decline in the levels of funding available. This is particularly true when it comes to capital funding. A lot of the funding sources out there are being prioritised in favour of supporting frontline services, so in a nutshell it is becoming very tough indeed to find support for the kind of funding that you are seeking. So, in a nutshell, you will probably find it difficult to find a single funder who provides funding of this nature (capital / refurbishment) on the scale that require. However, I do recommend you talk to your local Partnership (see a list here), as they do have provision for capital grants for the community purposes - each Partnership administers the fund differently, so please do contact your local to find out more.

I would also suggest that you consider the social finance route - meaning, getting an affordable cost loan from a social investment fund, such as Clann Credo or the Western Development Commission. Your goal should then be to run your community centre as a social enterprise, generating income from holding events, hiring out your facilities and other commerical activities, that help the building to pay for itself. This social enterprise model is apparently a successful one, utilised by other Irish community centres who have indeed availed of social finance in the past.

Clann Credo

Ph: 01 400 2100


Western Development Commission Fund

Ph: 094 986 1441

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