What is The Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund?

Now in its seventh year, the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund was set up in 2011 to mark the 125th anniversary of the company.

Over the years the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund has supported projects including community, social and education programmes aimed at youth, promoting healthy and active lifestyles, and environmental leadership. To date €755,000 has been given to 56 non-profit organisations across the island of Ireland.

In 2017, Coca-Cola Ireland will donate a further €100,000, with a continued focus on working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.

This year the Fund will support non-profit organisations with new ideas aimed at bridging the divide between education and the workplace, fostering diversity and inclusion in communities, and empowering young people to become the leaders of the future.

For the purposes of the Fund, young people are defined as those aged between 12 and 25 years of age.

What is this year’s theme?

The Fund will focus on one overall theme – ‘Working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.’

Within this theme, the Fund is seeking applications which fall under one or more of the following three categories:

  • Bridging the divide between education and the workplace
  • Fostering diversity and inclusion among young people
  • Empowering young people to become the leaders of the future

Why youth?

The Coca-Cola system supports causes that benefit young people around the world. Globally our focus is on youth development and helping young people to achieve their full potential.

Through our work with the Fund we identified the need to support youth a couple of years ago and realigned the focus of the Fund to achieve this.

However the Fund is just one of our initiatives to empower youth in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company is rolling out a training programme called Youth Empowered in partnership with FIT (Fastrack to IT).

The programme, which is being rolled out this year, is designed to engage youth across the country and equip them with life skills which will ultimately empower them to unlock their potential to become the future leaders and change makers in the communities in which they live.

How will the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund be allocated in 2017?

In 2017, the Coca-Cola system will award grants totalling €100,000 to non-profit organisations. The Fund judging panel will determine the division of the funding.

The Fund’s application form encourages entrants to indicate which funding amount is most suitable for their project – €5,000, €10,000 or €30,000.

The judges will take this preference on board in their consultations but in some cases the funding awarded may be higher or lower than that requested.

How much is Coca-Cola investing in youth development overall?

This year we’re increasing our overall investment in youth development across the island of Ireland. In addition to the €100k on offer through the Thank You Fund, we are investing in a newly designed Youth Empowerment programme, which will be rolled out by our bottling partners Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland in partnerships with FIT.

As a company, we are committed to continuing to support young people, and we’re delighted to now have two specific programmes operating across the island of Ireland focused on this objective.

How are the winning organisations selected?

We accept all applications online through our website. Please read our Terms and Conditions to check if your organisation and project is eligible for the fund. We also have top tips for completing the online application form. 

After the application forms have been received, our expert panel of judges will choose a shortlist of 20 organisations to go forward to the next phase, which will involve presenting and discussing their ideas in further detail with the panel of judges.

Each of the 20 organisations will be called to an interview with the judging panel.  The shortlisted organisations will be invited to submit photos and/or video material to support their project at this stage of the application process.

When will the winners be announced?

Following the pitch phase, our panel of judges will announce the winners in October 2017. The winners will be notified personally and published on our website: http://www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou