Coca‑Cola Ireland is investing €100,000 in the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund 2017 (“The Fund”). This money will be granted to not-for-profit voluntary and charitable organisations operating within communities throughout the island of Ireland.

The Fund is working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people. The Fund was launched in 2011 to mark The Coca-Cola Company’s 125th anniversary and has run every year since. To date €755,000 has been given to 56 non-profit organisations in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In 2017, the Fund will focus on one overall theme – ‘Working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.’

The aim is to distribute €100,000 in total (as specified in the terms and conditions below) amongst not-for-profit, voluntary and charitable organisations based throughout the island of Ireland which are implementing new projects to inspire and support young people. 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

Applications will only be accepted online as we aim for this to be a paperless and environmentally friendly scheme. Applications must strictly comply with the terms and conditions of the Fund. For further details on how to apply please click here.

Terms and Conditions for The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund 2017

1. Eligibility
Entry is open to not-for-profit organisations which are proposing new projects to inspire and support young people and which cohere to 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

A) In order to be eligible, your organisation must fulfil all of the following criteria:
(i) The organisation must be a not-for-profit, voluntary and/ or charitable organisation classified under one or more of the following headings:
- Charitable organisation with a registered charity number working within a community
- Voluntary organisation working within a community
- Not-for-profit community organisation
- A foundation or a trust for the benefit of a community

(ii) The organisation must submit details of a proposal which it will put in place if successful, which demonstrates the following - Working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.

(iii) The organisation must have been in operation for a minimum of 12 months prior to the date of submission of this application.

(iv) Proof of organisation’s operations must be made available to Coca‑Cola Ireland if requested.

(v) Any individual applying on behalf of an organisation must be aged 18 years or older.

(vi) The proposed project must exclusively benefit people aged over twelve years of age and under twenty-five, and activities using money received from the Fund must be based on the island of Ireland.

(vii) The proposal must be for a NEW project. The funding is not for initiatives already up and running.

(viii) Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate the innovative nature of the proposal

B) Applications will not be considered from the following:
- Individuals
- An organisation that discriminates based on race, gender, marital status, family status, religion, sexual orientation, membership of the travelling community, age or disability
- Religious endeavours
- Political, legislative or lobbying organisations
- An organisation whose proposal is to:

  • make a movie, film or television documentary
  • hold a concert or other entertainment event
  • promote travel or an organised field trip
  • promote a high risk activity including, but not limited to parachuting or bungee jumping
  • benefit youths aged under twelve or adults over the age of twenty-five
  • benefit schools, afterschool clubs or Montessori schools
  • run activities or programmes based in schools or in partnership with schools
  • support third-party fund-raising activities

2. Application Process and Decision Making
A) Applications will be accepted online only as we aim for this to be a paperless and environmentally friendly scheme.

B) Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, May 17th 2017 until Friday, July 14th 2017. Applications received after midnight on Friday, July 14th 2017 will not be considered.

C) Entry is open to organisations based in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland only and benefits projects located in these areas.

D) Applications must be made through the Coca-Cola Ireland website [www.coca-cola.ie] and must include a rationale as to why your organisation deserves funding.

E) An application is not deemed to be eligible until it is validated by the Coca-Cola Ireland team considering the requirements set out at 1 above. Applicants will be notified of ineligibility by email. Coca-Cola Ireland reserves the absolute right in its sole discretion to make the final decision on eligibility and no reasons will be furnished.

F) All decisions are based on the information received on the application form and therefore quality and accuracy are important as no further correspondence will be sent. Coca‑Cola Ireland reserves the right to verify all information on the application form, including directly with applicant or indirectly with third parties.

G) 20 organisations will be shortlisted based on the following criteria: the potential impact of the proposed project to support and inspire young people; the organisation’s capacity to promote and deliver the project nationally and/or locally, and the organisation’s innovative approach and quality of application.

H) The shortlist will be selected by an independent panel including a representative from each of Coca‑Cola Ireland, The Irish Youth Foundation, Youth Action Northern Ireland and Q4PR (the “Judging Panel”).

I) The shortlisted organisations will be notified in July 2017.

J) The shortlisted organisations will then go forward to the interview phase. At this phase each of the 20 organisations will be required to present and discuss their project with the Judging Panel. Further details of the requirements of this phase will be provided to the shortlisted organisations.  Shortlisted organisations will be invited to submit photos and/or video material to support their project at this stage of the application process.

K) Following this shortlisting phase in front of the Judging Panel the judges will select the winning programmes. These winners will be announced in October 2017.

L) Winning programmes will receive funding in amounts determined by the Judging Panel.

M) The decision of the judges and Coca-Cola Ireland are final and no reasons or explanations for any such decision will be provided, nor will further correspondence will be provided.

N) Should Coca‑Cola Ireland find that any application is in breach of the terms and conditions at any stage of the scheme, then Coca‑Cola Ireland reserves the right to remove that application from the process.

O) The Fund is not open to employees of Coca‑Cola Ireland or their spouses, partners, children or anyone connected with the Fund. Coca‑Cola Ireland reserves the right to declare the scheme void if it believes the integrity of the competition has been breached in any way.

3. Prize
A) The organisation must spend the full prize amount, or the sterling equivalent, on the project as outlined in their application form. If, for some reason, the organisation wants to use the money in an alternative way to what the organisation had described in their application, the organisation must obtain prior written permission from Coca‑Cola Ireland.

B) The successful organisations will be notified in October 2017. Notwithstanding whether or not the winners have been declared, if Coca‑Cola Ireland discovers before the distribution of the grants that, for any reason a successful organisation is ineligible, or that its application should have been declared invalid, Coca-Cola Ireland reserves the right to determine that such organisation is disqualified and may award the grant to another organisation in its place.

C) The successful organisations will be requested to confirm to Coca-Cola Ireland within a period of one week that they agree to receive the funding and will implement their proposal.

D) If a response from a successful organisation is not received within the specified timeframe, Coca-Cola Ireland reserve the right to award the grant to another organisation in its place.

E) The funding will be paid within three months of Coca-Cola Ireland’s receipt of the confirmation mentioned at 3(C) above.

F) The proposals must be put in place and completed within twelve months of the funding being paid.

G) Each recipient of a grant must notify Coca‑Cola Ireland when its project is complete and provide evidence upon request to show that the amount awarded was spent in the way proposed during the application process. If such evidence is not provided, Coca‑Cola Ireland reserves the right to reclaim the amount awarded.

H) The ultimate decision on the winners is subject to Coca-Cola Ireland conducting a background check on the winning organisation and principal individual stakeholders in the organisation.

4. Publicity
A) The names of the shortlisted organisations as well as details of the proposed projects may be publicised, e.g. press releases, photocall and video for use across national and local print, broadcast, social media and other online media, as well as Coca-Cola.ie.

B) All shortlisted applicants agree to participate in publicity relating to the promotion of the Fund, if requested to do so by Coca-Cola Ireland. Completed application forms will be forwarded to an external public relations agency, Q4PR, managing public relations for this programme on behalf of Coca‑Cola Ireland for this purpose.

5. Evaluation of the project

A) Winning applicants will be asked to document their project with regular reports to Coca-Cola Ireland via Q4PR on a regular basis. A full report on the agreed key performance indicators will be required upon completion of the project.

B) Applicants will be asked to use multimedia to document the project throughout the year for use by Coca-Cola on the website Coca-Cola.ie.

5. Miscellaneous
A) Coca‑Cola Ireland reserves the right to amend, withdraw or terminate the Fund initiative or alter the specification or these terms and conditions without prior notice.

B)  Insofar as permitted by law, neither Coca-Cola Ireland, nor its agents, affiliates, the Judging Panel (including the individual judges) shall assume any responsibility or in any way be liable to any applicants or other parties in connection with the Fund, it being understood that the Fund is operated in Coca-Cola Ireland’s sole discretion and to promote the goals mentioned above and nothing herein shall be construed as a representation or an offer of any kind.

C)  These terms and conditions shall be governed by Irish law and the courts of Ireland shall have exclusive jurisdiction for any claims made hereunder.