Applications open for almost €6m ‘RTÉ Does Comic Relief’ fund

Charities supporting vulnerable people during Covid-19 urged to apply

The Community Foundation for Ireland begins administering funds

Statement by The Community Foundation for Ireland

Charities supporting vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic can apply to get support from almost €6m raised during RTÉ Does Comic Relief.

The Community Foundation for Ireland is opening the application process for not for profit organisations of all sizes which are meeting the challenges caused by Covid on the ground.

The foundation is also hosting an information webinar, a recording of which will be accessible online to inform applicants throughout the process.

Announcing the commencement of applications Denise Charlton, Chief Executive Officer of The Community Foundation for Ireland, said:

“RTÉ Does Comic Relief was not only a unique night on Irish broadcasting, it also brought us together as a country as one to support people hardest hit by the impact of the pandemic. We have seen extraordinary generosity from 1.4m viewers, corporate supporters as well as significant matching support from Government.

The success of the event and the flow of donations which has continued since is a tribute to all who participated and gave of their time. However, while the cameras, lights and mics may have gone down the hard work continues.

The process of converting that generosity into support and actions on the ground is underway. The opening of applications is a big moment for charities who are helping vulnerable people during these difficult days and in many cases providing a vital lifeline.

Funding will be provided under two strands, which recognise that the way not for profits have had to adapt and change their work under HSE restrictions and guidelines.  Groups expected to benefit will include those working with older people, people medically at risk of Covid-19, people with disabilities and those in unsuitable accommodation.

Under ‘Demand for Digital’ groups can seek support for investment in software and hardware to improve their ability to continue to work while keeping their staff, volunteers and people they support safe. An ‘Adapt and Respond’ strand will allow groups to seek funding to ensure their work remains effective and continues to deliver for those who need support.”

Deirdre O'Kane, Steering Group, Comic Relief in Ireland.

"I'm so pleased we're now at the point of opening applications to charities and organisations, small and large. It's another key step for the project and brings us closer again to delivering help to where it's needed - with those most impacted by the pandemic in Ireland."

Full details of the strands as well as other information and support is being placed on

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
4th Aug, 2020
Expiry Date
30th Sep, 2020