Looking for a grant to buy bicycles to use at Lucan BMX track to encourage kids to cycle, any suggestions?


Sandra Velthuis of Whitebarn Consulting's picture

Hi I don't know of any grants


I don't know of any grants off the top of my head (although small community based grant schemes do appear from time to time, so keep your eyes on The Wheel, Activelink, etc).  But I would consider going down the sponsorship route with this one with a manufacturer, or else seeing if different bike shops might donate a bike each?

Great initatiave - good luck!

paul.meade's picture

Hi there,Sandra's suggestion

Hi there,

Sandra's suggestion above is definitely right. Trying to secure suitable support via a local company, many of which may have a local community support programme that you can find out about once approached. It might be worth drawing up a list of potential supporters from among local companies, and then to consider writing to them briefly, outlining what your club does, the benefit it provides to the local community and what support you are actually seeking.

In addition to this, you may also want to consider the following possible sources of funding:

The Ireland Funds Small Grants

The Small Grant Round offers grants under €10,000 primarily for specific projects, small organisations, pilot initiatives and organisations that have not received substantial funding from The Ireland Funds. The application process is relatively simple and the reporting requirements are proportional to the amount of funding awarded.

Some of the focus of the Small Grants scheme include investing in Ireland's communities and assisting disadvantaged youth. 

Applications open on 2 March and the deadline is 31 March.

International Charity Bazaar Grants

There's not a huge number of guidelines on this one, but you can see the website link below for more, Also, please note:

  • Closing date for receipt of applications is 31 March 2015.
  • Only Irish registered charities may apply.
  • Maximum funding of €20,000 per project.
  • No funding for salaries or bursaries.
  • Projects should be Ireland-based unless part of a response to a natural disaster or emergency.
  • Selected charities will be notified by May 1st 2015.
  • Funds will be distributed in December 2015.

YouthBank Grants

Each local YouthBank determines the focus and timing of each grant programme it runs. In all cases decisions concerning the specific themes of a grant programme are informed by research into need and an overview of existing community-based services, support and activity available by way of response to such need. I recommnend you find your local YouthBank via the link below and establish contact, to inquire about possible support (dependent upon their current timing and grant focus).

The Dublin Bus Community Spirit Initiative

Although currently closed, this programme usually opens around late April / early May, and provides funding (1,000 - 5,000 euro per organisation) to local good causes. You can find out more and keep an eye on the website here:

The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund

Another annual grant opportunity (though not yet confirmed for 2015, please note) that provides funding of up to 25,000 euro to local community and voluntary groups. The focus in 2014 was on innovative projects which promote physical activity. Like Dublin Bus above, if this one does open again this year, a late spring opening is most likely.

I hope that helps somewhat!


paul.meade's picture

p.s. You might want to make

p.s. You might want to make contact with Rothar for some advice too, as they specialise in cycling for the community: