External funding streams currently open:

Community Foundation for Ireland Covid-19 Response Fund:

The Fund is aimed at the immediate needs of organisations impacted by Covid-19 and supporting: people over 60; those with respiratory illnesses or cancer; people experiencing domestic abuse; isolated vulnerable people and families, particularly those in rural areas; and those with mental health issues.  Grants of €1,000 to €10,000 available.  Closing Date: None - open on a rolling call basis

Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme

This Scheme seeks to encourage local peatland communities, local groups, local schools and individuals to engage with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to the conservation and revitalisation of raised and blanket bog Special Areas of Conservation, Natural Heritage Areas and other peatland areas and to promote public engagement with and awareness of our natural heritage. Successful applicants will be awarded funding to support a maximum of 75% of the project eligible costs with a maximum grant of €25,000. Closing Date: 14th August 2020

CLÁR Programme Funding for Community Wellbeing Supports (Measure 3)

The CLÁR programme (Ceantair Laga Árd-Riachtanais) provides funding for small-scale infrastructural projects in rural areas.  Communities which operate in CLÁR areas are encouraged to apply for funding through Measure 3 of the recently announced funding package, which covers Community Wellbeing Supports, comprising of Meals on Wheels and linked services, and Mobility and Cancer Care Transport.  Grants of between €2,000 and €20,000 are available, with 10% matched funding required from successful applicants. Closing Date: 28th August 2020

2020 Town and Village Renewal Scheme

The Town & Village Renewal Scheme provides funding for projects that support rural towns and villages to be more attractive and sustainable. This year’s scheme will, in particular, support projects that aid the economic and social recovery of towns and villages in response to COVID-19, through the introduction of a new strand of the  Scheme for 2020 that focuses on immediate interventions that can be delivered in the short-term to assist towns and villages to adapt to COVID-19.  At least 60% of the Scheme Funding has been allocated to towns and villages with a population of less than 5,000 people (category 1).  Closing Date: 28th August 2020


Other useful funding resources

Community Finance Ireland is an all-island social enterprise which provides social loan finance to the not for profit sector. 

Clann Credo provides loan finance to social enterprises and community enterprises at affordable interest and repayment rates.

The Social Innovation Fund provides grants and business supports to support social innovation and social enterprise development.

Enterprise Ireland provides grants, training and technical support for high potential start-up businesses.

Microfinance Ireland provides small loans through the Government’s Microenterprise Loan Fund to help start ups and established businesses to get the finance they need for their business.


For funding streams available through Ballyhoura Development, click here.