The Ann McGeeney Trust Fund
Ann McGeeney was born on the 3rd June 1962 in Cornonagh, a small townland outside Crossmaglen in South Armagh, Ireland. She began her working life in Crossmaglen as Manager of the newly formed Regeneration of South Armagh community organisation and so began a working life dedicated to working with and for the community in deprived areas, across the border, supporting peace building and inspiring women to be confident and make a difference to their lives. Ann worked in dangerous and difficult times but despite intimidation, confrontation and challenge she never diverted from what she believed in or in the defence of who she believed in.
Ann died on the 11th of September 2014 from cancer, following a diagnosis in June the previous year. She had shown no signs of illness up to that point. Her life had been an exceptionally active one - running, cycling, kayaking, walking her beloved hills. During her illness she never once allowed it to stop her both doing her work and continuing to exercise with family and friends.
In recognition of her life and work her family, friends and work associates agreed to establish the Ann McGeeney Charitable Trust.
Funding will be available to individuals and local community organisations that are planned and run for the benefit of communities in Northern Ireland and ROI, including cross border initiatives. In addition International initiatives may be eligible, providing they are in keeping with the purposes of the fund.
The Fund welcomes applications from individuals, community and voluntary groups that address the following areas:
- Integration of ethnic minorities into communities with special emphasis on women within these communities
- Women working on peace building within and across communities
- Women working to strengthen and build communities
The Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy. We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.
In addition the Ann McGeeney Fund will not support:
- Holidays or trips outside Ireland
- Running costs of large organisations
- Promotion of religion
- Applications from statutory organisations
- Activities or initiatives which should be statutory obligations
- Political parties
- Contributions to capital project
Grants will not normally exceed £1,000/€1,000
The Fund will be managed on behalf of the Ann McGeeney Trust Fund by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and applications can be accessed through the Foundation’s website www.communityfoundationni.org
The fund will open for applications on 11th March 2019 and close at 1:00pm on 8th April 2019.
For further information and to find out if your group or project is eligible, please contact the Grants Team on 028 9024 5927