Cost-of-Living Fund to support Communities

Myles O’Grady, Group CEO Bank of Ireland with(L-R) Denise Charlton,
CEO of Community Foundation Ireland along with grant recipients,
Focus Ireland’s Director of Services, Ciara Carty and Tanya Ward,
CEO of The Children’s Rights Alliance.

The Cost-of-Living Crisis has had a profound impact on the financial wellbeing of our customers and wider society. As part of our response to this Bank of Ireland has donated €1 million to organisations supporting those most at risk from cost-of-living pressures. The donation was targeted to a range of groups including children and families at risk, older persons, those with disabilities, lone parents, international protection applicants, and low-income families.

The first €500,000 was fast-tracked in early January 2023 to 13 organisations working with vulnerable groups across the island of Ireland with grants ranging from €25,000 up to €100,000. It provided support to established, national organisations that are alleviating the cost-of-living crisis through the provision of a range of practical supports.

The second allocation was divided across 53 smaller non-profit organisations, with grants of between €4,500 and €10,000 being distributed. This second round of funding was to maintain or increase services and support increased running costs resulting from the cost-of-living crisis. The cost-of-living fund was delivered in partnership with the Community Foundation for Ireland.

  • First Round Grantees:

    Age Action

    Barnardo’s NI

    Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid

    Children’s Rights Alliance


    Enable Ireland Disability Services

    Focus Ireland

    Immigrant Council of Ireland

    Irish Refugee Council

    Oasis Caring in Action Antrim

    One Family

    The Children’s Rights Alliance

    Tribli CLG

  • Second Round Grantees:

    Ardaun Roscam Doughiska Family Resource Centre (ARDFRC)

    Athlone Family Resource Centre

    Ballinasloe Social Services Ltd

    Bolster Community

    Brain Injury Matters (NI)

    Bridgeways FRC

    Care Alliance Ireland

    Carrigtwohill Family Resource Centre

    Castlebar Le Cheile FRC

    Castlemaine Family Resource Centre

    Castlerea Community and Family Resource Centre

    Clonmel Community Resource Centre

    Cork Penny Dinners

    Croom Family Resource Centre

    Cuanlee CLG

    Cumann Na Daoine

    Doras Bui – A parents alone resource centre

    Forward Steps Family Resource Centre

    Friends of the Elderly

    Galway Rape Crisis Centre GRCC

    Greystones FRC

    Hill Street Family Resource Centre

    Kells Family Resource Centre CLG

    Kinship Care Northern Ireland

    Listowel Family Resource Centre

    Lus Na Gréine FRC

    Meath Women’s Refuge and Support Services

    Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership

    Nasc, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre
    Northside Family Resource Centre

    Oasis Housing Association CLG (Oasis House Women’s Refuge)

    Older People North West

    Portlaoise Community and Family Resource Centre (FRC)

    Quarryvale Community Resource Centre CLG

    Rainbow Club Cork

    Roscommon Safe Link

    Shannon Family Resource Centre (Shannon FRC)

    Shelter, Campaign for the Homeless (Northern Ireland) Limited

    Sligo Social Service Council CLG

    SOLAS Special Needs Charity

    South West Age Partnership (SWAP)

    Southill Family Resource Centre CLG

    Spraoi agus Spórt

    Strathfoyle Womens Activity Group Ltd

    Tacú Ballinrobe Family Resource Centre CLG

    Taghmon Family Resource Centre

    Teach Oscail Family Resource Centre

    Teach Tearmainn Housing Association CLG

    The Happiness Cafe

    Tipperary Rural Traveller Project

    Tralee International Resource Centre

    Trim Family Resource Centre

    Westport Family & Community Resource Centre