Step by step guide to applying to the Community Fund

Step 1: Are you eligible?

Your group must be a voluntary, community, residents, or small not-for-profit organisation that is based in, & benefits residents in Croke Park’s 1.5km community radius.  Applications are also considered from small groups of residents who come together informally to organise local events or activities.  In every instance, 80% of the project’s beneficiaries must be usually resident in the 1.5km community radius.

What type of applications are considered for support?

Local projects which improve the quality of life & build community for our neighbours living near the stadium.  Applications are considered across the following headings:

  • Local environmental projects & community gardens
  • Extra-curricular school initiatives that broaden experiences for local pupils  
  • Facilities or services for local people in the community
  • Local heritage projects
  • Local residents groups 
  • Local community events & festivals

What type of applications are NOT considered for support?

  • Applications from private, profit-making, or commercial organisations
  • Applications from national charities 
  • Projects 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
  • Projects that have started or incurred expenditure 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 & outline your costs in the application accordingly
  2. Only one application from any group will be considered in each calendar year
  3. No group will receive funding for the same event or activity for more than three years.  An exception will be made for local groups of volunteers seeking support for street parties & small community events

Step 2: Make your application

Complete the application form; taking note of the fund’s terms & conditions before making your submission.  These are also included on the application form; applications can be made online or by hand. Help 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 2019. If your application has a specific timeline/date it is important that it is received

Step 3: Acknowledgement

You will receive a written acknowledgement within 1 working week of the Community Fund closing date for the next meeting of the committee

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:  The committee’s decision

All applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision within 1 week of the meeting taking place. Successful applicants will receive a letter confirming funding allocation & next steps

Step 6: Get your project started!

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

Step 7:  Keep in touch

Keep the stadium updated on your progress & 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!

Step 8:  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 in the community.  Specific guidelines on this will be enclosed with your funding letter

Step 9:  Delays 

Make sure to get in touch with Julianne Savage in Croke Park if for any reason there are unforeseen delays with your project - phone 865 8607 or email [email protected]

Step 10: Finishing your project

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

Step 11: Drawing down funding

Once the project is complete & you have your receipts &/or invoices in order, please send them along with a short project report & 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.