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eir has stores, offices and exchanges in almost every village and town right across Ireland. Our employees work and live in their communities, from Co Down through to Co Cork, so looking after those communities has always been important to us.

Working with our employees based in the four provinces we connect and invest in the charities and community initiatives that are making a positive impact, locally.

The eir Fund – Connecting Communities is eir’s Corporate Social Responsibility investment programme, open to all charitable organisations throughout Ireland, with a registered charity number.

Through the Fund, eir donates €160,000 annually, investing in the charities that are making a difference where it is needed most.

Below you will find links to the eir Fund Application Form, Terms & Conditions as well as Frequently Asked Questions.  To submit an application, download the application form, complete and email to eirFund@eir.ie .

We will reopen again to receive applications in Spring 2018

If you have questions about the eir Fund please email us at eirFund@eir.ie

eir Fund Terms & Conditions

eir Fund FAQs

What is the eir Fund?

The eir Fund is eir’s corporate responsibility investment programme which will see €160,000 per year invested across a range of charity initiatives in line with eir’s corporate social responsibility strategy

Who can apply?

  • eir employees can apply to the eir Fund via eir Space
  • The eir Fund is open to charities based throughout Ireland, north and south
  • Charities with a registered charity number can apply to the eir Fund by filling out the charity application form. These application forms will be reviewed quarterly by the eir regional CSR teams

What is the measure for application?

  • The nominee must demonstrate a meaningful connection or personal commitment with their cause. Meaningful connections can include volunteering, fundraising or supporting this charity by being a member of the board or organisational committee
  • The nominee must detail the reason for the application and the need for funding
  • The nominee must demonstrate the impact funding will make, if successful
  • All submissions must align with eir’s CSR strategy and fall within the category of:
    1. eir in the Community
    2. Diversity & Inclusion
    3. Sustainability

How can I demonstrate a meaning commitment to the charity?

  • An employee can demonstrate their commitment to supporting a cause by matching of funds raised e.g: if employee applies in advance and includes in their form that they intend to raise a specific level of funding, eir can match those funds
  • Nominees must demonstrate their level of commitment in terms of time and effort -any personal achievements, does the employee give of their own time to support this cause

Who decides what charities receive funding?

  • On application to the fund the employee must choose the region the charity is based in
  • The regions are separated into the provinces of Leinster, Connacht, Munster and Ulster
  • A local eir CSR team will receive and review applications per quarter
  • A shortlist of submissions will be shared via eir Space each quarter and eir employees can review the submissions and vote on the projects they feel should be allocated funding within the quarter
  • Final decision on funding will be approved by central CSR

How much can funding can an employee apply for?

  • €10,000 will be allocated per region, per quarter
  • Funding can be applied for in amount of €5,000 or €10,000
  • Applications must outline how much funding is required and where that funding will be used
  • If all funding is not allocated within a quarter this will not be included as part of the next quarter allocation

How do I know if my application has been successful?

  • All successful applications will be profiled on eir Space and eir.ie
  • Nominees must agree to follow the project through to end, reporting back on the impact of the funding to the charity
  • Communication will play a key part in this programme with the nominating employee committing to manage the successful communication of their initiative, including blogs, interviews, photographs and video
  • If a submission has not been successful within a quarter, they can re-apply in the following quarter

Can I find out why my application didn't succeed?

Yes. You can contact the fund administrator. However, generally if you don't succeed it will be because more impactful projects have been approved for this period. You can apply again during the next quarter.

 

Michelle Toner

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility eir

eir, 1HSQ

St Johns Road

Dublin 8

Michelle.Toner@eir.ie

I would like funding to bring my colleagues on a team building day, can I apply?

  • The eir fund has been created to benefit charitable causes throughout Ireland
  • All applications must satisfy the criteria of positive community impact

What is a registered charity number?

All charities in Ireland are legally required to register with the CRA to receive their charity registration number, the number which identifies an organisation as a charity in the eyes of the law and the public, and the number which is now legally required to appear on all printed/fundraising materials, website, email signatures etc.

 

To learn more about registered charity numbers visit www.charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie The Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) is Ireland's national statutory regulatory agency for charitable organisations. The CRA was established on the 16th of October 2014 under the terms of the Charities Act 2009. It is an independent agency of the Department of Justice and Equality.

 

Charities based in Northern Ireland:https://www.charitycommissionni.org.uk/manage-your-charity/register-your-charity/ The Charity Commission regulates charities and as a consequence makes charities much more accountable to the public.

 

Only organisations which have successfully registered with the Commission will be classed as charities. Each registered charity will receive a unique NIC (Northern Ireland Charity) number.

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