A further €100K in funding available from Coca‑Cola for community projects with ideas to inspire and support young people.

Critically-acclaimed writer and actor Stefanie Preissner launched the 2018 Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund, alongside veteran ambassador, radio presenter Pete Snodden.

The pair called on youth-oriented non-profits and community groups to get creative with project ideas, apply for funding and make a difference to their local communities. 

Once again, the €100,000 Thank You Fund seeks to fund projects that inspire and support young people in Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

Applications are encouraged across a range of categories – the Fund aims to bridge the divide between education and the workplace, encourage diversity and inclusion, empower young people to become leaders of the future and welcomes innovative approaches to sustainability.

Best known as the creator of comedy-drama series ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’, Stefanie Preissner embodies the ability and potential of talented young people in Ireland, having worked hard to achieve her goals.

 

I’m thrilled to come on board as an ambassador for the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund. As a creative and ambitious person with big ideas, it can be such a struggle to get access to funding to get your dream project off the ground. I’m calling on all youth groups out there who also dream big to apply for funding with the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund and make a difference to their own lives and those of their communities. Stefanie Priessner, writer, actor and screenwriter
It’s been great seeing the campaign grow and each year witness so many creative ideas come forward. I hope organisations will continue to apply in force again this year and I wish everyone the best of luck in the application phase. Pete Snodden, Cool FM radio presenter

Coca‑Cola will award a total of €100,000 to youth-oriented non-profit organisations. Grants will be awarded ranging anywhere from €5,000* to €30,000*.  This year applicants will also be invited to submit a 60-second video to support their application. Another new element this year is ‘The People’s Choice Award’. 

Twenty organisations’ videos will be shortlisted and posted on www.coca-cola.ie, where they will be put to the public vote. The winning organisation will receive €10,000 in funding from the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund. Winners will be announced at Zeminar, a conference held for young people in the RDS Dublin, in November 2018.

 

The youth of today hold the future of the island of Ireland in their hands. We want to empower them to pursue their dreams, effect change in their communities, and become confident leaders of the future. We’re excited to see the innovative project ideas and look forward to supporting more great initiatives in 2018. Matthieu Seguin, General Manager, Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland

The Irish Youth Foundation and YouthAction Northern Ireland are official partners of the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund.

On 7th June, YouthAction Northern Ireland will host a workshop to help non-profit organisations apply for funding in general. There will be tips on how to put together a concise application and previous recipients of the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund will be on hand to share learnings from their experience applying. To attend the YouthAction Northern Ireland workshop, please RSVP to anne@youthaction.org.

Applications for funding can now be made via www.coca-cola.ie/thank-you-fund until midnight on Friday 13th of July. The shortlisted applications will be announced through the Coca‑Cola website in September when they’ll be invited to present their ideas to a panel of judges. In tandem a public vote will be run during the month of September for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ and a grant of €10,000 from the overall Fund. All the winners of the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund will be announced at Zeminar, a conference for young people held in the RDS in Dublin, in November 2018.

Launched seven years ago the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund has so far donated €855,000 to 70 non-profit organisations across the island of Ireland.