Drum roll please… Coca-Cola has announced the shortlist of 20 non-profit organisations for this year’s Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. The fund, which aims to empower and support young people across Ireland, is offering €100,000 to youth charities.

The shortlist was whittled down from over 200 entries, with each organisation submitting their ideas to empower young people and become the leaders of the future. The 20 shortlisted groups will now embark on their almost-talent-show journeys by pitching their ideas to a panel of expert judges. The Fund is offering €100,000 in total, with winning organisations receiving grants of €30,000, €10,000 or €5,000.

Funding for youth-based projects

Through the Thank You Fund, Coca-Cola wants to fund youth-focused projects that will create opportunities for young people to engage in their community and equip them with the skills and experiences they need to be successful and involved in today’s society.

“The quality of the entries and the ideas received this year was really inspiring.” - Petre Șandru, Country Manager at Coca-Cola Ireland

Sabina Cotter, Head of Grants and Programmes at the Irish Youth Foundation worked closely with The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund in compiling this year’s shortlist and highlighted the importance of the Fund. “Young people need support if they are to develop and reach their full potential and the community plays an important role in that development. Youth groups and activities run out of them are vital to helping young people become contributors and leaders in society,” says Sabina. 

‘Truly innovative’

Thank You Fund 2017 - Aseel Azeez and PJ
Thank You Fund 2017 is giving €100,000 to youth charities in Ireland. From L-R: Aseel Bukhatwa, Azeez Yusuff and PJ Gallagher.

The 2017 Thank You Fund shortlist:

  • All Together in Dignity - ATD Fourth World Ireland, Dublin
  • An Cosan, Dublin
  • CDYS Ltd, Cork
  • CoderDojo Ireland Foundation, Dublin
  • Co-operation Ireland, Antrim
  • CRAICNI (Cultivate Respect Appreciate Inclusion Across Communities NI) Belfast, Antrim
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award NI, Antrim
  • Foroige Autism Specific Big Brother Big Sister Programme, Sligo / Leitrim
  • Girls’ Brigade NI, Antrim
  • Guides Fermanagh, Fermanagh
  • Leave No Trace Ireland. Mayo
  • Nerve Centre, Derry
  • NI Youth Forum, Antrim
  • Oasis Caring in Action Antrim, Antrim
  • Start360, Antrim
  • Stephenstown Pond Trust, Louth
  • The Little Museum of Dublin, Dublin
  • Ulster GAA, Armagh
  • Westport Scoil Cheoil, Mayo
  • Willowfield Parish Community Association, Antrim

Winners of the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund will be announced at Zeminar, Ireland’s largest Youth Conference, in the RDS Arena on Thursday 12 October 2017.

Find out more information about the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund