Community Grants 

Dún Laoghaire County Council provides a wide range of Grants to community groups to assist with actions and projects being undertaken in their local area. These grants are intended to sustain community activity and active citizenship.


Please note that Community Grants 2024 open on 27th September 2023 and close on 25th October 2023 at 1pm


Please refer to the eligibility criteria before applying for a Community Grant in the guidelines HERE


The  DLR Grant Scheme provides financial assistance to individuals groups and organisations engaged in projects events or developments for the community and business organisations at local  or county level within  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County. 


Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council aims to ensure that the limited financial resources available are used to the maximum benefit of the DLR community at large and support in achieving the Council's goals and objectives.


Some of the grants available for Community Groups are Start Up Grant if you are new group, Running Costs Grant, Purchase of Equipment Minor, Purchase of Equipment Major (only available once every three years).


Grants awarded will only be paid upon the submission of receipts, with the exception of the Start Up Grant, which is paid up front.


For further details, please see the Community Grants Guidelines 2024 here.


To apply for a grant click here

For assistance with applications please contact


All groups must be registered with the dlr Public Participation Network
dlr PPN registration form, click here


The purpose of Community Grants is to provide financial support to community groups who are engaged in community initiatives, projects, events and activities in the administrative area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The grants support the delivery of the Council’s commitment to improve the quality of life for all its citizens.

Local community and voluntary groups may apply for a community grant to assist with the delivery of a community initiative, project, event or activity.  The group must be properly constituted and the application must demonstrate a benefit to the local community. The group must also be registered with the Public Participation Network.

No, a grant will only cover a percentage of a project and the group must demonstrate the financial capacity to match the funding.

Yes, but the application to draw down the grant must be accompanied by the appropriate support documentation.   

Yes, a group can apply for several grants under different categories provided each application relates to a different project/event/activity/initiative.   

No, funding will only be awarded to proposals not already covered under another grant category.

No, a separate application must be submitted for each grant category.

The Public Participation Network (PPN) aims to enable the public as well as local organisations to voice their views and interests within the local government system. It is the main framework for public participation and engagement. Membership is open to not for profit groups in the social inclusion, environmental and general community and voluntary sectors.

Groups working in the areas of Community, Sports, Arts, Residents Associations, groups working with people experiencing disadvantage/inequality and groups with a focus on protecting the environment and sustainability must register with the PPN in order to qualify for funding.  Application forms for registering can be found on . Other conditions apply to individual grant categories, e.g. an application under the category of Age Friendly Support must address specific needs of older people and demonstrate how it supports the delivery of the DLR Age Friendly Strategy. 

This category covers two grant types:-

A Feasibility Grant is intended to give assistance to local community and voluntary groups to complete a feasibility study regarding the development of a community facility.

The Upgrading Community Facilities Grant allows for the refurbishment and/or redecoration of a facility which is used by the community.  

An equipment grant is intended for the purchase or replacement of agreed relevant equipment. It includes the purchase of major and minor equipment.

A Major Equipment Grant provides for the purchase of large items of equipment up to a maximum value of €4,000.

A Minor Equipment Grant provides for the purchase of smaller items of equipment up to a maximum value of €1,500. This does not include Petrol / Diesel or Electrical Gardening Equipment.


A Major Equipment Grant can only be applied for once every three years while a Minor Equipment Grant can be applied for every year.

Mobile digital devices to support online service provision, such as laptops and tablets, may be considered for funding through the Community Grants Scheme.

A Community Activity Grant is intended to assist community and voluntary groups to promote local community activities.  Examples include a community day, community week or a small event during the year. 

Community groups can apply for this grant to assist with the provision of supervised recreational and educational activities for young people during the summer period.  Summer projects must cater for the local community and must run for a period one, two or three weeks over the summer holiday.

This category includes grants to assist with:-

Start Up Costs for community and voluntary groups, including insurance costs, purchase of small items of equipment and rental costs for new community groups who have been established within the previous six months.

Training Support for groups involved in community development who require training related to community development, governance, committee skills etc. The training must be for a group of volunteers and not one person only.

Community Development Initiatives for projects which assist with the long term development of a group or area and which specifically address equality initiatives, anti-racism, social inclusion, research and implementation of information and communication technology.

Running Costs related to on-going running costs including insurance and facility hire for existing groups.

The Age Friendly Support Grant is available to groups and organisations who wish to deliver specific supports and initiatives to enhance the quality of life of older people living and visiting the area of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Priority will be given to initiatives which support the achievement of the Age Friendly Strategy with goals relating to enhancing the quality of life for older people as well as initiatives improving accessibility to the built environment or initiatives to reduce isolation or loneliness.

Projects are responsible for ensuring that they meet all the requirements of child protection and Garda vetting legislation in Ireland, including the Children First Act 2015. Successful applicants must have policies and procedures in place prior to drawing down funds in accordance with national policy, namely, Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children.

An IAD is an identified area of disadvantage in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County.     

Yes, all successful applicants are required to acknowledge the financial assistance of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and include the Council’s logo on all printed matter.

A copy of the full guidelines is available on the council’s website or you can contact the Community and Cultural Development Section on 01 2054893.  .

An application can be refused on a number of grounds.  The most common reasons are:


  • The group did not demonstrate ability to match fund the project
  • The group is not constituted and is not a voluntary community group
  • The application submitted did not meet the criteria for the grant.
  • The application is vague and does not have enough information to allow the grant to be approved.
  • Business organisations not eligible for community grants
  • The group applied for the same funding under another grant application within the Dun Laoghaire County Council. 
  • Application forms should be completed fully
  • Applicants should ensure they they submit all required documentation
  • Applicants must meet the required deadline
  • Applicants should ensure that they apply under the correct and most appropriate section
  • Applicants should contact a community worker or area community officer to discuss their application or attend an information evening.    

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