Helping Hands – Information sessions for community groups on improving your grant applications

Community groups are invited to attend a regional event which will provide information on how to submit good applications for grant funding.

The events in each area are run by the Department of Rural & Community Development, Pobal, the Local Authority, the Irish Local Development Network, and the Local Development Company / Companies.

They aim to provide hints and tips on how to make a better application and how to identify local supports that community groups can draw upon.

The events are aimed at community groups that have had no success or limited success previously, but all are welcome to attend.

Details on the six events are in the below table.

West Region*25th April 2019Kennedy Glasgow Centre, Ballina,Co Mayo.
Border Region9th May 2019Finn Valley, Stranlorlar, Co Donegal.
South Region16th May 2019James O’Keefe Institute, Newmarket, Co Cork.
Mid-West Region23rd May 2019Southill Area Centre, Limerick.
East Region28th May 2019St Mary’s Youth & Community Centre, Tullamore, Co Offaly.
Dublin Region30th May 2019Darndale Belcamp VC, Coolock, Dublin.

*The West Region event in Mayo will also serve as a showcase of local development work in the area


Helpful Resources

Pobal staff will be present at each of the regional Helping Hands Information Sessions.

During the event a Pobal representative will present details regarding important and useful points and tips to consider when organisations and groups are preparing to apply for funding. The presentation can be reviewed here.

Additional information  is also available in the Pobal booklets specifically designed to support and assist community groups and organisations when applying for funding:

  • Download ‘Preparing to Apply for Funding’ here.
  • Download ‘Writing a Funding Application’ here.
  • View “Managing Better – Guidance in how to Effect Good Governance in Practice” Toolkit guides here.