Minister Joe O’Brien encourages Fingal groups working with Older People to apply for grants offered by The Community Foundation for Ireland

11th July, 2022

Minister Joe O’Brien today (11th July) encouraged local groups which work with and support older people to apply for new grants which are being made available by the Community Foundation for Ireland under their Older Persons Fund.

Applications are now being sought for grants of up to €7,500 under two strands.

The first strand, Active Citizenship, offers support to community based and national activities that promote older people as active citizens and build older people’s capacity and potential to take on roles in their community.

The second strand, Advocacy, offers support to projects that empower older people to become advocates on issues that affect them. Applications can be to support advocacy by older people for older people, training to influence policy, developing community decision-making processes, building leadership or negotiation skills and other innovative projects.

Encouraging applications, Minister O’Brien said:

“Older people were some of the most vulnerable during the pandemic, both in terms of the risk to their health from COVID-19, but also the huge impacts on their wellbeing from a social and community perspective. Voluntary groups were often key in supporting older people when they needed it most.

“These grants present an opportunity to groups working with older people to rebuild their full participation in all aspects of their communities as we recover.

“I would strongly encourage any Fingal-based groups who are working to boost community participation by older people to apply.”

Application details are available at www.communityfoundation.ie. The closing date is on 5th August 2022.

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