Step by step guide to applying to the Community Fund

Step 1: Are you eligible?

Check that your organisation is eligible to apply and that your project idea can be considered for support

Is my group eligible to apply?

Your group must be a voluntary, community, residents, or small not-for-profit organisation that is based within 1.5km of Croke Park.  Applications are considered from small groups of residents who come together in an informal or annual basis to organise local events or activities in their area.  In every instance, 80% of the project’s beneficiaries must be usually resident within 1.5km of the stadium.

What type of applications are considered for support?

Local projects which improve the quality of life and build community for those living near the stadium.  Applications are considered across the widest possible range of headings:

  • Local Environmental Projects & Community Gardens

  • Extra-curricular school and education initiatives that broaden experiences for pupils  

  • Facilities or services for local people in the community

  • Local heritage projects

  • Residents groups 

  • Local community events and festivals

What type of applications are not considered for support?
  • Applications from private, profit-making, or commercial organisations

  • Applications from national charities 

  • Projects or activities where there is a clear statutory or public services responsibility (including funding for core school functions & classroom materials)

  • Salary or routine administration costs e.g. rent, utilities, insurance

  • Items that mainly benefit individuals (e.g. sports clothing/uniforms etc.), where there is no evidence of wider community engagement

  • Individuals (e.g. for personal sponsorship). 

  • Projects promoting religious or political beliefs

  • Activities that have started or have any expenditure incurred before funding is confirmed

3 other important things to remember before applying:
  1. No project receives 100% of its costs; typically, projects receive between 50 & 70% of their costs so make sure to budget your project and outline your costs in the application accordingly

  2. Only one application from any organisation/group will be considered in each calendar year

  3. No group will receive funding for the same event or programme for more than three years.  An exception will be made for local voluntary groups & resident committees seeking support to organise community based events

Step 2: Make your application

Complete the application form; applications can be made online or by hand. 

Assistance completing the application is also available from Croke Park – contact Julianne Savage on 01 865 8607 or [email protected]

Ensure your application is sent in to the stadium in good time – keep an eye on closing dates as there are 4 closing dates for 2018

Step 3: Acknowledgement

You will receive a written acknowledgement within 1 working week of the Community Fund closing date.

Step 4: Evaluation

The independent committee who administer the fund on behalf of Croke Park meet on a quarterly basis to assess each round of applications

Step 5: Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will be notified in writing within 1 week of the committee meeting taking place confirming funding allocation and next steps

Step 6: Unsuccessful Applicants

Applicants will also be notified in writing within 1 week of the committee meeting taking place and feedback can be provided to local groups upon request

Step 7: Get your project started!

You can start your project once you have received your confirmation letter from the stadium 

Step 8:  Keep in Touch

Keep the stadium updated on your progress and don’t forget, the committee love to be invited along to events & meet with groups that are supported by the Community Fund – make sure to send invitations in good time for time sensitive events & activities!

Step 9:  Public Acknowledgement

All local groups are requested to acknowledge Croke Park’s support through the Community Fund as this helps generate further awareness of the fund amongst local residents.  Specific guidelines on how to do this will be enclosed with your funding letter

Step 10:  Delays 

Make sure to get in touch with Julianne Savage in Croke Park if for any reason there are unforeseen delays with your project

Step 11: Finishing your Project

Your project must be completed within 12 months of the date confirming the funding award

Step 12: Funding

Once the project is complete and you have your receipts and/or invoices in order, please send them along with a short project report and video or photographs of the project into Croke Park for processing.  This typically takes 4-5 weeks.  Funding can be drawn down in 2 tranches if needed.