Coca-Cola to make €125k available to non-profits across Ireland in 2013

3 Jun 2013

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The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund has put out a call for non-profits to apply for targeted financial support in 2013. Up to €125,000 will be made available to support new and innovative projects or initiatives.

“We are keen to support projects that are new and take an innovative approach, and will engage people who may not be involved in sports and other activity-based hobbies at the moment as well as those that seek to highlight the importance of a balanced diet,” said Erica Roseingrave, public affairs manager for Coca-Cola HBC Ireland.

“The Fund also aims to recognise the enormous contribution made by organisers and volunteers each week across the country through worthwhile initiatives, and to maximise the effectiveness of their work through targeted financial support from Coca-Cola.”

The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund was formed in 2011 on the occasion of the Coca-Cola Company’s 125th anniversary and has seen €125,000 donated to non-profit organisations throughout the island of Ireland each year since.

The fund is supported by The Federation of Irish Sport, The Wheel and The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA).

Inspiring communities

A total of €125,000 is available this year for distribution through the Fund. The overall winner will receive €25,000 and a further ten organisations will receive €10,000 each. The projects selected will represent best practice and will serve as a model for other communities wishing to implement similar programmes.

Applicant organisations will be required to provide details on the reach and impact of their proposed project, as well as the innovative aspect which will capture the imagination and interest of the local community and encourage them to become involved.

In 2012 the winner of the main award of €25,000 was The Irish Olympic Handball Association (IOHA) based in Dublin. The IOHA applied for funding to introduce the concept of Street Handball to communities across Ireland.

Their entry focused on introducing 10,000 new people to Street Handball and the training of 200 teachers and youth group leaders across Ireland who would be able to make this vision a reality in Irish communities.

The Fund will accept applications until 19th July, 2013. All applications should be submitted via the Coca-Cola website: http://www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou

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