Identifying Projects to Fund
During the course of the year, The Giving Circle builds a pipeline of potential grantees by accessing member networks, like-minded organisations and tracking timely information and data on selected interest areas. Organisations who fit our funding focus, are invited to complete an application, describing a specific project for which funding is needed. All members have a chance to identify and invite groups to pitch.
Grant Size and distribution
Currently, the Giving Circle of Ireland provides minimum grants of €5,000, which are distributed in partnership with The Community Foundation for Ireland.
The Giving Circle has two funding cycles per year, each cycle will focus on two interest areas. Decisions are made in May and November each year. Organisations who applied and presented at a Giving Circle meeting will be eligible for funding. At the end of each funding cycle, the Giving Circle will select organisations to support with their pooled funds and funds are distributed with the next month.
Strategic Volunteering & Pro-bono work
The Giving Circle identifies opportunities and hosts flash consulting workshops to match member talent with social purpose organisations’ capacity building needs. Members are encouraged to personally become involved in groups that resonate with their interest areas so they can contribute their time and skills.