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Volunteer Services

From: Department of Rural and Community Development

There are many options for voluntary activity in Ireland.

Volunteer Locally

Volunteer Centres in 21 counties receive government funding. These organisations include Volunteer Ireland and Young Social Innovators.

The Department is in the process of developing a national strategy on volunteering, in consultation with all stakeholders.

Learn more about volunteering locally.

Voluntary Organisation Funding

The Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) provides funding to voluntary organisations in Ireland. Organisations that want to apply must focus on providing supports and improving the lives of disadvantaged people.

The current round of funding runs from 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2019. The 2019-2022 scheme is now closed. Applications are currently going through an appraisal process and final decisions will be communicated to applicants in late May/early June 2019.

Learn more about funding here.

Public Participation Networks

A Public Participation Network is a network that allows local authorities to connect with community groups around the country.

The PPN is the 'go to' for all local authorities who wish to benefit from community and voluntary expertise in their area.


Boardmatch Ireland is the national corporate governance charity in Ireland. It was set up to improve governance in the not-for-profit sector by strengthening boards and management committees, providing services and support to not for profits and charities to help them improve and strengthen their board composition.

You can learn more about it here.

Social Innovation Fund and Young Social Innovators (YSI)

The Social Innovation Fund was created by the government to find solutions to funding innovation in the non-profit sector that targets critical social issues. All money raised is matched by the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Young Social Innovators promotes education for social innovation by empowering and supporting young people to realise their potential as social innovators, giving them the skills and confidence to tackle the social issues facing them, their communities and wider society.

Read more on social innovation supports here.

Charity Regulator

If you have any concerns about a charity, please contact the Charity Regulator.