RTÉ Comic Relief €6m fund now available for charities

By Maurice Garvey

DUBLIN South County charities and not-for-profit organisations supporting vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic can now apply to get support from almost €6m raised during RTÉ Does Comic Relief.

 The Community Foundation for Ireland is opening the application process for not-for-profit organisations of all sizes meeting the challenges caused by Covid-19 on the ground in local communities.

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Denise Charlton, CEO of The Community Foundation for Ireland

 Groups are being advised that they have just over eight weeks to make their application, with September 30 set as the closing date.

 Denise Charlton, Chief Executive Officer of The Community Foundation for Ireland, said RTÉ Does Comic Relief saw “extraordinary generosity from 1.4m viewers, corporate supporters, as well as significant support from government.

 “The process of converting that generosity into support and actions on the ground in communities in Dublin South West and across the country is now underway.

 “We are ready to support groups of all sizes, big and small, those in urban and rural areas, as well as those cut off from loved ones by Covid-19.”

 Groups expected to benefit will include those working with older people, people medically at risk of Covid-19, people with disabilities and those in unsuitable accommodation.

 Under ‘Demand for Digital’ groups can seek support for investment in software and hardware to improve their ability to continue to work.

 An ‘Adapt and Respond’ strand will allow groups to seek funding to ensure their work remains effective.

 “In Dublin South West there is a strong not-for-profit network. However, it is facing unprecedented demand at a time when donations are also down. This is why the RTÉ Does Comic Relief funding is particularly important,” said Ms Charlton.

 For full details of the strands as well as other information and support go to www.communityfoundation.ie

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