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Seven not-for-profit organisations in Limerick receive €70,000 through The Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund



The Ireland Funds has awarded €70,000 to seven not-for-profit projects serving Limerick through its Heart of the Community Fund

The Ireland Funds has awarded €70,000 to seven not-for-profit projects serving Limerick through its Heart of the Community Fund

The Heart of the Community Fund provides critical funding to a wide range of community organisations and charities on the island of Ireland each year.

The Ireland Funds recognises the challenges organisations face in securing funding to build their capacity or meet their core costs, so the Heart of the Community Fund 2023 has provided grants to meet these needs. The grants awarded by the Heart of the Community Fund have been made possible by philanthropic gifts and fundraising events of The Ireland Funds America, the largest of The Ireland Funds’ global chapters.

Among the Limerick recipients of this year’s Heart of the Community Fund are Learning Hub Limerick, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Children’s Grief Centre, The Haven Hub, Doras Luimní, Narrative 4 Ireland and jumpAgrade.


This year’s grant round will provide a total of €930,000 in funding to 94 organisations in 24 counties across the island of Ireland under The Ireland Funds’ four pillars of support for Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education and Peace & Reconciliation.

Caitriona Fottrell, President and CEO of The Ireland Funds, said: “The not-for-profit sector in Ireland is the engine on the ground delivering vital services every day, in every community. We understand the significant challenges organisations face, in particular, to meet their core costs to keep that engine going. We believe in each organisation we fund. We believe in what they do, and how they do it. We know that by investing in them, we are positively impacting the communities they work with. The Heart of the Community Fund is supported by our events and our committed donors, and we are grateful their generosity will enable great work across the island of Ireland.”

Gerard Keenan, CEO of Irish Chamber Orchestra, said: “Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) is hugely grateful to The Ireland Funds for its generous support which enables ICO to address key capacity building needs, further realising elements of our new three-year Organisational Strategy, as well as elevating the ICO brand, and strategic direction of our work in communities. This funding will maximise impacts across the organisation, from Brand to Education. Philanthropic support is critical to ICO. It allows us to present concerts, to expand our education initiatives, to foster young musicians while developing exciting programmes to connect new audiences. We simply could not pursue key capacity building without this vital support from The Ireland Funds.”

James Blake, CEO of Learning Hub Limerick, said: “Learning Hub Limerick is constantly seeking ways to improve its services to the community and to reach more of those who need our help most. This task is made more difficult as we are faced with increasing costs such as soaring energy prices, increased insurance premia and high inflation which impacts the costs of all our supplies. However, The Ireland Funds Heart of the Community Fund counteracts these costs. It means that we can deliver summer provision of the highest quality and look forward to planning and strategizing for the academic year, with security that would have been impossible without this support. On behalf of everyone here at the Learning Hub Limerick, we are incredibly grateful.”

The Ireland Funds is strategically positioned within the non-profit sector and has swiftly identified and prioritised vital areas of need including enhancing the quality of outcomes in education; disability support; engagement with the arts; family support services; assisting the elderly; encouraging sustainability; mental health and community support.

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