The Honourable The Irish Society

The Society evolved into a self-funding, cross-community charitable organisation many years ago and continues to work today for the benefit of the community in County Londonderry.

We welcome applications from individuals and local organisations – from amateur sports and senior citizens clubs; youth groups; community, residents, workers and health associations to schools and other educational bodies – across the entire County.  And, for a limited period, in association with The Clothworkers' Company we can offer grants to charities anywhere in Northern Ireland - see the overview page for conditions.

Applications are considered by a local Advisory Committee comprising a cross-party selection of Councillors, both Mayors and the Chief Executive officers from Derry City & Strabane District and Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Councils who work closely with the Society’s Representative to ensure requests for assistance fall within one of the charitable purposes shown on the application form.

Grants from a few hundred pounds to £50,000 are awarded to a wide range of local causes on the basis of need and with the Society's aim of promoting the welfare of the County and in particular its two principal centres, the City of Londonderry and the Town of Coleraine - or, in the case of the Northern Ireland Fund, across that wider geographical area.

There are currently two sources of grant:

  • COUNTY LONDONDERRY:  The Honourable The Irish Society’s traditional programme open to community groups/clubs/associations or individuals across County Londonderry, awarding grants up to £1,000 from its own funds and on behalf of The Drapers’ Company.

  • NORTHERN IRELAND:  A new Fund created in 2014 in association with The Clothworkers’ Company offering a limited number of grants between £1,000 and £2,000 to smaller charitable organisations elsewhere in Northern Ireland (outside County Londonderry) with an operating income below £250,000 per annum.

The Northern Ireland Fund particularly seeks to support charitable organisations operating in the following areas of disadvantage:

  • Alcohol and substance misuse

  • Disabled people

  • Disadvantaged minority communities

  • Disadvantaged young people

  • Domestic and sexual violence

  • Elderly people

  • Homelessness

  • Prisoners and Ex-offenders

  • Visual impairment

  • And, although not exclusively, preference will be given to items of a capital nature rather than running costs.

How to Apply

FOR MORE INFORMATION – who can apply; how to apply; what to include; when; and grant restrictions, please see our Guidelines BEFORE submitting.

GRANT APPLICATIONS will normally be considered by the Local Advisory Committee in February, June and October each year. Owing to the large number currently being submitted, applications are being listed for consideration in order of receipt and some late applications may be held over to the following LAC meeting.  The Committee is scheduled to meet next on Tuesday 15 October 2019. 

Applications should be submitted before Friday 6th September 2019.