The Community Foundation for Ireland: Traveller Leadership Grants

In 2017 a piece of research commissioned by The Community Foundation for Ireland highlighted the fact that Travellers in Ireland are still faced, on a daily basis with a wide range of social challenges, such as discrimination, bullying and obstacles when accessing accommodation, employment, education and health services. In light of this, The Community Foundation for Ireland met with key stakeholders from leading Traveller organisations who identified a need to build capacity from within the Travelling Community by developing leadership strategies at a local level.

With this in mind, we are offering grants of up to €6,000 to Traveller-led organisations to develop Leadership Strategies within their local communities. These strategies will be developed in 2018-19 for the three year period 2019-2022 and must focus on three key themes:

  1. Political leadership among Travellers
  2. Leadership of Travellers within the Traveller movement
  3. Engagement of the youth in the movement but also within the wider landscape

For organisations who produce exemplary strategies in Year One (2018), a second grant may be offered in Year Two (2019) to support those organisations to operationalise their strategies and enact them over the three year period.

What We Are Looking For:

Local, Traveller-led, community-based organisations to:

  • Work with the communities they serve to determine what kinds of leadership strategies are needed by local groups in their areas/ communities
  • Develop a three year leadership strategy with that community that incorporates the three key themes listed above
  • Develop a strategy that incorporates well-defined deliverables for each of the three years, with clear and practical pathways to achieving these deliverables.


  • Round opens for applications: 10th August 2018
  • Closing Date for applications: 20th September 2018
  • Grants will be made by: Mid November 2018
  • Progress Report: 31st May 2019
  • Final Strategy due: 15th November 2019

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