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February 6, 2018

Early Childhood Ireland is aware of the challenges our members face in running a sustainable service. We have developed a new section in the Weekly to focus on funding opportunities to assist members identify potential supports for their service. Over the next couple of weeks, we will focus on the Capital Grants Fund 2018. From time to time we will also bring you news of any upcoming local, national and international funding opportunities that may be relevant to you. We are building our database of funding resources and will profile different opportunities in this section of the Weekly. We would love to hear your experiences of applying for funding and how you have been able to draw down funding to develop your service. If you would like to share your experiences, please send us an email to


This week we highlight Small Towns, Big Ideas which will be of interest to service providers in Galway. Galway 2020 has developed this fund to celebrate ‘Meitheal’ – the ancient Irish tradition of coming together for a common purpose, working together to develop a new cultural project in their community.  Community services can apply for support to work with artists or cultural practitioners on projects relating to the themes of Language, Landscape and/or Migration.

Who can apply: Service Providers in Galway city and county

How much: Grants of €1,000 to €20,000

Deadline for Applications: 20th March 2018 at 4pm

For more information please visit the Galway 2020 website.


Small grants of up to €5,000 are available to community and voluntary organisations in Co. Tipperary from Tony Ryan Foundation. These grants will provide financial support to evidence-based initiatives that support children and young people in County Tipperary to reach their full potential. Community and school initiatives that seek to educate, promote and encourage people to connect with their local environment and think about sustainability. Projects may address food growing, increasing biodiversity, improving soil quality, cleaning waterways. As examples Projects can include community/school gardens, nature trails, food cooperatives and local organising, advocating for change with your local politicians and representatives.

More information available here.

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