Resilient Communities Fund

REPRO FREE 09/11/2017. Irish communities set to overcome any obstacle: Derval O’Rourke pictured at Camden Fort Meagher in Crosshaven, Co. Cork, at the launch of the new €500,000 Resilient Communities Fund, created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with the Tomar Trust.  The deadline for applications is the 31st January 2018. Pictured are, Emma Lane-Spollen, CEO of the Tomar Trust, Eoghan Ryan, Resilient Communities Fund Manager and Derval O'Rourke, Former World Champion and healthy lifestyle consultant, at Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven, Co. Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

WHAT IS THe resilient communities FUND?

The Resilient Communities Fund is a partnership between Social Innovation Fund Ireland and Tomar Trust to find and back innovative projects that strengthen community resilience and have an economic, social and environmental impact. The Fund will provide critical supports to projects focused on making communities across Ireland safer, healthier, and more vibrant places to live.

Resilient Communities is a €500,000 awards fund, created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with the Tomar Trust and the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

WHAT IS community resilience?

Community Resilience is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to respond to economic, social and environmental issues.

Significant development occurring across Ireland since the late 1990s has brought changes to settlements, transport patterns, and economic bases, and has altered the traditional rural/urban population balance. As a result of this shift, our rural and town communities are facing challenges to build sustainable economies, maintain public services, and retain young people; while our urban communities are burdened with increasingly unaffordable housing, longer commute times, more limited resources and stresses on infrastructure. Both urban and rural communities are facing potential impacts of climate change, such as adverse effects on water quality and increased risk of flooding. Community resilience thus represents the ability and effort of Irish communities to overcome all of these challenges for stronger, more vibrant communities that also deliver positive economic, social and environmental impacts.

Volunteer Doctors , Irish Community Rapid Response

Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) is a charity delivering professional A&E care directly to the site of life-threatening emergencies throughout Ireland, with particular impact in rural and disadvantaged urban areas. Since 2008, ICRR has developed a network of over 200 volunteer doctors throughout Ireland who can be called on to respond to critical emergencies. All medical interventions are delivered within the 'golden hour' - the time period where prompt medical treatment has the highest chance of preventing serious injury or death.

The Cottage Market, GIY

GIY (Grow It Yourself), is a not for profit social enterprise which aims to transform the nation’s health, strengthen communities and protect the environment by empowering people to grow their own food. In 2014, Karen O’Donohoe, Head of Community Development at GIY, developed the Cottage Market in her home-town of Ladysbridge, which has since grown into a nationwide community markets initiative. The GIY Cottage Market offers a fresh, vibrant and inclusive approach to community development by putting homegrown, homemade and handcrafted products back in the heart of communities. It helps communities develop from the inside out so that each village/town creates a market that reflects the diverse skills and interests of its local people.

AgeWell, Third Age

Third Age is a national organisation in Ireland promoting the health and well-being of older people. Their latest programme, AgeWell, is dedicated to supporting older people age at home. Given the choice, older people wish to live in their own home for as long as possible - AgeWell makes this happen. By combining peer-based social engagement with mobile technology, AgeWell improves health outcomes and well-being among older people, as well as their contribution to their local communities.


The Irish Men's Sheds Association was set up to support and promote the development of Men's Sheds in Ireland. A Men’s Shed is any community-based, non-commercial organisation which is open to all men to provide a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where the men are able to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men. The primary objective is to advance the health and well-being of the participating men. Men’s Sheds may look like a shed in your backyard but they innovatively share some characteristics of both community education and health promotion projects.


Cloughjordan Community Farm, based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, North Tipperary is an award-winning, innovative ecological community embodying the transition to a lower carbon energy society. Run by an educational charity, Cloughjordan Ecovillage aims to be a living, instructive model for eco-friendly transformation throughout the world and is run by subscriptions from the local families who make up its members. Cloughjordan Community Farm’s Food Resilience Project aims to educate local families on the benefits of eating ethically produced, chemical free food grown on their doorstep. It aims to strengthen and enhance the relationship of local people to their food and to supply practical examples of growing methods, seed saving methods and seasonal eating, aspects of which can be learned and adapted by any urban or rural community.

Terenure Sustainable Energy Community, I Love Terenure

Terenure Sustainable Energy Community (TSEC) was founded in 2016 as the first of over one hundred Sustainable Energy Communities (SECs) in Ireland promoted by the SEAI to encourage communities to work together to develop a sustainable energy system. TSEC consists of a small group of volunteers, organised under the community umbrella group, ‘I love Terenure’, dedicated to mobilising the community to undertake the journey to a decarbonised future by retrofitting their houses and generating their own renewable energy. Its vision is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.