Coca‑Cola Ireland is once again investing €100,000 in the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund 2022 (“The Fund”). This money will be granted to not-for-profit voluntary and charitable organisations operating within communities throughout the island of Ireland.
The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund was launched in 2011 to mark The Coca-Cola Company’s 125th anniversary and has run every year since. To date €1,255,000 has been given to 121 non-profit organisations across the island of Ireland.
The Fund’s application form facilitates entrants in selecting which funding amount is most suitable for their project - €5,000 or €10,000.
In 2022, the Fund will focus on one overall theme: Investing in Sustainable Communities - enabling everyone to live in a community where economic and environmental sustainability as well as social equity is at its heart. The Fund will help to nurture a generation of change champions who will help to shape, create and maintain sustainable communities for the benefit of all.
For the purposes of the Fund, young people are defined as those aged between 16 and 25 years of age.
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 projects focused on supporting young people.
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.
The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund is one of a number of initiatives that the Coca-Cola Company is championing, together with its bottling partner Coca-Cola HBC Ireland, to support young people across the island of Ireland.
Youth Empowered is another programme delivered by the Coca-Cola System designed with the specific aim of supporting women and at-risk youth to fulfil their potential, while supporting the economic recovery.
Through these initiatives, and its partnerships with Irish Youth Foundation and YouthAction Northern Ireland, Coca-Cola wants to inspire young people to become change champions by taking a more active role in the creation of sustainable communities.
Terms and Conditions for The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund 2022
Entry is open to not-for-profit youth-focused organisations.
Entries must seek to support young people under one or more of the following three categories:
Educational, Training, Resilience, entrepreneurship programmes for young people
2. DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Programmes that support Diversity & Inclusivity and social equity among young people
3. CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Programmes that encourage and support young people to care for and protect the environment
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 targeted supports that help young people (16- 25 years) navigate and plan a future in a post pandemic world.
(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.
(vi) Any individual applying on behalf of an organisation must be aged 18 years or older.
(vii) The proposed project must exclusively benefit people aged over sixteen years of age and under twenty-five, and activities using money received from the Fund must be based on the island of Ireland.
(ix) Applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate the innovative nature of the proposal.
B) Applications will not be considered from the following:
- 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.
- or promote a high-risk activity including but not limited to parachuting or bungee jumping,
- to benefit youths aged under 16 or adults over the age of twenty-five.
- to benefit schools, afterschool clubs or Montessori schools
- run activities or programmes based in schools, or in partnership with schools.
- 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 8th June 2022 until Wednesday 20th July 2022. Applications received after midnight on 20th July 2022 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/thankyou.
E) Applicants will be asked to submit a 50-word summary of their project. By doing this you the applicant, if shortlisted, is granting permission to allow this summary to be posted on Coca-Cola.ie/thankyou to be considered for ‘The People’s Choice Award’. This award will be voted on by the public and the winning organisation will receive €5,000 of funding for their project from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund.
F) An application is not deemed to be eligible until it is validated by the Coca-Cola Ireland team considering the requirements set out in eligibility section above. Coca-Cola Ireland reserves the right to make the final decision on eligibility and no reasons will be furnished.
G) 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 entered into. Coca‑Cola Ireland reserves the right to verify all information on the application form.
H) Organisations will be shortlisted based on the following criteria: the potential impact of the proposed project in supporting young people to become change champions by taking a more active role in the creation of sustainable communities; the organisation’s capacity to promote and deliver the project nationally and/or locally, and the organisation’s quality of application.
I) The shortlist will be selected by a panel including a representative from Coca‑Cola Ireland, The Irish Youth Foundation, Youth Action Northern Ireland and Q4 Public Relations.
J) The shortlisted organisations will be notified no later than September 2022.
K) The shortlisted organisations will then go forward to the interview phase. At this phase, each of the short-listed organisations will be required to present through a virtual session and discuss their project with the judging panel. Further details of the requirements of this phase will be provided to the shortlisted organisations.
L) Following this shortlisting phase in front of the judging panel the judges will select the winning programmes. These winners will be announced no later than November 2022.
M) Winning programmes will receive funding in amounts determined by the Fund judging panel.
N) The decision of the judges and Coca-Cola Ireland are final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
O) 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.
P) Coca-Cola Ireland may in its absolute discretion disqualify any participant found to be tampering with the entry process or operation of the website or to be acting in any manner disruptive to the promotion.
Q) 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.
R) In the event of circumstances outside the reasonable control of Coca-Cola Ireland, or otherwise where fraud, abuse, and/or an error (human, mobile or computer) affects or could affect the proper operation of this promotion or the awarding of offers, and only where circumstances make this unavoidable, Coca-Cola Ireland reserves the right to cancel or amend the promotion or these terms and conditions , at any stage, but will always endeavour to minimize the effect to participants in order to avoid undue disappointment.
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 requires to use the money in an alternative way, prior written permission from Coca‑Cola Ireland must be obtained.
B) Notwithstanding whether or not the winners have been declared, if Coca‑Cola Ireland discovers before the distribution of the grants that, for any reason that a successful organisation is ineligible, or that its application should have been declared invalid, it reserves the right to determine that such organisation is disqualified and to award the grant to another organisation in its place.
C) Once notified 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 the confirmation outlined at D above being received from the organisation by Coca-Cola Ireland.
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.
I) To the extent permitted by law, Coca-Cola Ireland accepts no liability for any damage, loss or injury suffered due to entering this promotion or taking up a prize.
A) The names of the shortlisted organisations as well as details of the proposed projects may be publicised, eg: 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) By applying for the Fund applicants are agreeing to participate in publicity relating to the promotion of the Fund should they be a shortlisted or winning entry.
C) 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.
A) Coca‑Cola Ireland reserves the right to amend, withdraw or terminate the Fund initiative or alter the specification without prior notice.
B) Sometimes, through reasons outside of Coca-Cola Ireland’s control, the website (as with any website) may not be accessible. Coca-Cola Ireland cannot guarantee continuous, uninterrupted access to the website. No responsibility will be accepted for any difficulties in entering, claiming or any entries/claims delayed or corrupted. Coca-Cola Ireland will have no liability for any loss arising out of such an event.
C) Limitations of liability: insofar as permitted by law, Coca-Cola Ireland does not assume any responsibility or liability for:-
- Any incorrect or inaccurate entry, or for any faulty, incorrect, failed, erroneous or failed electronic data transmissions;
- Communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of this promotion causing delays or disruption;
- Inaccessibility or unavailability of the internet or the website or any combination thereof; or
- Insofar as permitted by law, any injury or damage to participants or to any other person’s computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the promotion.
D) If any of these clauses should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable then it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and conditions and the remaining clauses shall survive and remain in full force and effect.
E) This promotion and these terms and conditions are governed by the law of the Republic of Ireland and the courts of the Republic of Ireland shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute arising out of or in connection with this promotion.