The Fund was launched in 2011 to mark The Coca-Cola Company’s 125th anniversary and has run every year since. The €100,000 Thank You Fund seeks to fund projects that inspire and support young people in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Any Irish non-profit organisation aimed towards promoting healthy, active lifestyles and environmental leadership in young people can enter, with monetary prizes from a €100,000 total fund.
The 2019 theme is ‘Working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.’
Any organisation – big or small – aimed at transforming the lives of people aged 16-25 can enter, with a judging panel and people’s vote helping to determine who’ll be the lucky recipient of individual prize funds worth €5,000, €10,000 or €20,000.
Think that sounds like your organisation? They're looking for inspiring work in the following areas:
Educational and training programmes for young people
Programmes that support diversity and inclusivity in young people
Programmes that take an innovative approach to demonstrating sustainability to young people
Who can apply?
A) In order to be eligible, your organisation must fulfil all of the following criteria:
(i) The organisation must be a not-for-profit, voluntary and/ or charitable organisation classified under one or more of the following headings:
- Charitable organisation with a registered charity number working within a community
- Voluntary organisation working within a community
- Not-for-profit community organisation
- A foundation or a trust for the benefit of a community
ii) The organisation must submit details of a proposal which it will put in place if successful, which demonstrates the following - Working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.
(iii) The organisation must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months prior to the date of submission of this application.
(iv) Proof of organisation’s operations must be made available to Coca‑Cola Ireland if requested.
(vi) Any individual applying on behalf of an organisation must be aged 18 years or older.
(vii) The proposed project must exclusively benefit people aged over sixteen years of age and under twenty-five, and activities using money received from the Fund must be based on the island of Ireland.
(viii) The proposal must be for a NEW project. The funding is not for initiatives already up and running.
(ix) Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate the innovative nature of the proposal.
Applications will not be considered from the following:
An organisation that discriminates based on race, gender, marital status, family status, religion, sexual orientation, membership of the travelling community, age or disability
Political, legislative or lobbying organisations
How to Apply
Applications will only be accepted online as they aim for this to be a paperless and environmentally friendly scheme.
Applications must strictly comply with the terms and conditions of the Fund
Applications are open until 12th July 2019, after which point the expert panel of judges will choose a shortlist of 20 organisations who’ll make it through to the next stage.
From there, those on the shortlist will also have the chance to win the People’s Choice Award – an extra €5,000 for the cause the public loves the sound of the most. You can learn all about the huge difference that kind of money can make here.
For further details and the online application visit https://www.coca-cola.ie/thank-you-fund