CESCA (Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliances) is delighted to launch its Grassroots Grants Scheme 2024, with huge thanks to the HSE Social Inclusion Services in Cork for supporting us with this initiative. Our intention with this one-off small grant is to support initiatives that are working to bring communities together, to promote and progress equality and social justice in Cork City.

Application guidance

  • Joint applications with one or more other organisations or groups are particularly welcomed and encouraged.
  • We again will give priority to applications focused on tackling climate change and/or raising awareness of climate justice. Programs seeking to address socio-economic deprivation will also be prioritised, however we welcome applications seeking to address wider inequalities and injustices.
  • The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 9th February 2024. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered.
  • It is intended to announce successful applicants soon after the closing date.
  • The successful programme must be based in Cork City or support communities specifically living in or accessing services in Cork City.
  • Grants of between €250- €1000 will be provided on a one-off basis. We have been allocated a total of €5,000 for this years Grassroots Grant.
  • CESCA members cannot apply as an individual organisation, but applications will be considered if in partnership with other non-CESCA members.
  • Applicants must be a not-for-profit organisation or a Company Limited by Guarantee, delivering community-based programs.
  • The CESCA Executive in partnership with the wider membership will make the final decision on successful applications based on the criteria outlined.
  • Where a CESCA member has jointly applied for funding with another organisation, they will be precluded from the decision making process regarding the grant recipients.
  • The program must be completed within a one-year timeframe from the date of allocation of the grant.
  • Where programs are already availing of grants or supports to complete their programs of work, please state where and why additional funds are required.
  • An end of program report will be required as a means of ensuring the stated aims were achieved and if not, the reasons for same.
  • CESCA reserve the right to request the repayment of funds in situations where the stated aims of a program have not been sufficiently met or evidenced.

More information and application forms can be accessed via the links below.

If you have any queries please contact Sarah Harrington CESCA Coordinator, cesca.coordinator@gmail.com

2024 Grassroots Grant

Application-Form-2024 (3)