GCCN Network News 2019 # 6
March 8th 2019

Welcome to the this edition of GCCN Network News. Below we have information on:
  • GCCN Diary Dates: GCCN Induction & Plenary Meetings
  • Workshops on Human Rights and Equality Funding Scheme
  • Grants available under The Community Foundation for Ireland Older Persons Fund
  • Grants available under the Social Innovation Fund
  • 1916 Bursary Fund for Disadvantaged Third Level Students
  • Free training for community groups
  • The Mayor's Awards 2019
  • Have your Say - the role of Europe in supporting a more equal society - free workshop
  • Grants available under National Community Week from Galway City Council

Diary Dates

GCCN Induction Meeting
GCCN would like to invite you to an induction/information session on what we do and how you can get your organisation heard in local decision making structures
When:Tuesday March 26th 
Where: Westside Resource Centre
From: 11 am - 1 pm
For more information and to register see below

Plenary Meetings
  1. March 27th 2019 in the Harbour Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm
  2. June 26th 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm
  3. September 25th 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm
  4. December 4th 2019 in the Menlo Park Hotel at 6.30pm - registration from 6pm
Invitation to GCCN Induction

Workshops on Human Rights and Equality Funding Scheme

A workshop on Human Rights and Equality Funding Scheme will be taking place on
14 March 2019

10am-1pmThe Connacht Hotel,
Old Dublin Rd,
The Scheme will support activities in Ireland that advance economic and social rights and equality in relation to:

Decent work

To register for the scheme contact 
To find out more information see below

Further Information

Community Foundation for Ireland

The Community Foundation for Ireland has announced the Older Persons’ Fund. This is a long-term philanthropic fund which promotes the civic engagement of older people, as a means of working towards making a difference in their communities.

The Fund builds on the CFI long-standing engagement and commitment to supporting older people in their communities, having already invested over €1m in this area to date.

In 2019, there are two categories that grants are available for:

  • Inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles – Grants of up to €7,500 will be available to organisations working towards inclusion of older people in active citizenship roles
  • Supporting older peoples’ voices at local & national level – Grants of up to €7,500 will available to organisations working towards supporting older peoples’ engagement in advocacy. 

Contact UsIf you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, please contact the grants team on (0)1 874 7354 or e-mail


The deadline for applications will be strictly 4.30 p.m on Thursday 14th March 2019

Social Innovation Fund has announced four new funding opportunities

  • Mná na hÉireann: Women of Ireland Fund - to support charities and social enterprises that seek to enhance the economic mobility of women, and is designed specifically to equip these organisations to expand their business acumen, drive growth and deepen their impact across Ireland.
  • Children and Youth Education Fund -  improve access to higher and further education for students (including the full primary school cycle and up to the age of 25) who are affected by disability or disadvantage.
  • Children and Youth Mental Health Fund - o provide meaningful, lasting support to innovative mental health programmes and initiatives that reach out to children and young people before and during the societal, academic, physical, and emotional pressures of early adolescence and early adulthood.
  • The Ignite Fund -  to spark meaningful social impact in communities across Ireland by providing support to some of the most innovative charities and social enterprises in any of the four categories  below;
                      1. Empowering Families
                      2. Music to Impact
                      3. Harnessing Ability
                      4. Youth Resilience
Children and Youth Education Fund
Children and Youth Mental Health Fund
Ignite Fund

1916 Bursary Fund

Announced by the then Minister for Education and Skills in December 2017, the aim of the 1916 Bursary Fund is to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education.

The  Fund will supports students from target groups who are currently under-represented in higher education over the course of three years of study. It provides them with a bursary of €5,000 per academic year to support them in their studies. A significant proportion of these students will be lone parents and those studying both part-time and full-time are eligible to apply. An individual can be in receipt of both a 1916 bursary and a SUSI grant, if they are eligible. For more information or to make an application please follow the link below.
More Information
Community Group Training 
Galway City Partnership and Galway Roscommon Education Training Board are running a number of workshops in Ballybane, Westside and Ballinfoile in March and April on the following themes:
  • How to write a Funding Applications - Tuesday March 12th 7:00 - 9:30 pm, Ballybane Community Centre
  • Committee Skills - Monday March 25th 6.30pm to 9pm, Ballinfoile resource Centre
  • Bookeeping - date in late April to be confirmed, Westside Resource Centre
  • Social Media -  date in May to be confirmed,  Westside Resource Centre
All training is free but participants must be members f community groups registered with Galway City Partnership. To register your group contact Imelda, Suzanne or Sabrina below:
  • Ballybane - Imelda on 091 768305 or email,
  • Westside - Suzanne on 091 528325 or email
  • Ballinfoile - Sabrina on 091 773466 or email
Information on Community Group Training
European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland in association with the European Commission Representation in Ireland invite you to a Citizen’s Dialogue workshop
Have your say!
“What is the role of the EU in supporting a more equal society?”

Almost 113 million people, or over 22% of the EU population, are at risk poverty and social exclusion. In Ireland approximately 750,000 people are at-risk of poverty. In a year when the European Parliament elections take place in a Europe which faces many challenges, including Brexit, migration, climate change and delivering social rights, these citizen’s dialogue workshops will ask how can we strengthen social solidarity and ensure that no-one is left behind.  These workshops are open to everyone and will provide a good opportunity for discussion on the issues.
This free workshop will take place on 
26th March Galway Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway City Registration at 9:30am
Workshop 10am-1pm
A light lunch will be provided at the end
  • Hugh Frazer, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University.  Hugh is the former coordinator of the European Social Policy Network which advises the European Commission on social policy and former Director of the Combat Poverty Agency.
  • Paul Ginnell, Director of European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland
  • Panel members: Ann Irwin, Galway City Community Network, Representatives from the European Commission and from community and voluntary organisations 
Registration: If you would like to attend any of the workshops you can register here.
Further Information

National Community Event
May Bank Holiday Weekend (4th – 6th May) 2019

Last September, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring, TD, announced the launch of a National Community Event, to be held for the first time over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 2019 (4th to 6th of May 2019). Local communities are asked to come up with ideas for events in their areas.  Events could be centred around food, sport, the environment or health and culture. 

The event is a celebration of the great spirit of community that exists across the country and an effort to help people who share communities to come together, get to know each other and deepen the sense of community in their area.

Events will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (4th – 6th May 2019). The days will be getting longer and the summer will be just upon us. The success of this initiative lies in having local communities coming together to plan events that will work best for their area. This celebrations belongs to everyone. We don’t want to tell communities what they should do, events will be very much driven by communities. These could include themes around sport, history, baking, anything that will help neighbours to come together. It could be as simple as neighbours coming together for a cup of tea and a chat.

Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups, organisations and residents’ committees within the Galway City administrative area. Closing date: Monday, 25th March, 2019 at 4 pm

If you have any questions please contact
Caroline Quirke on 091 536808 or email to

Information on how to apply is below

Galway City National Community Weekend Guidelines
Galway City National Community Weekend Application

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