What is The Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund?
Now in its 12th 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, healthy and active lifestyles and environmental leadership. To date €1,255,00 has been given to 121 non-profit organisations across the island of Ireland.
In 2022, Coca-Cola will donate a further €100,000 to youth-orientated non-profit groups committed to support young people to build sustainable communities.
For the purposes of the Fund, young people are defined as those aged between 16 and 25 years of age.
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 Youth Action NI, Coca-Cola wants to inspire young people to become change champions by taking a more active role in the creation of sustainable communities.
What is this year’s theme?
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.
Within this theme, the Fund is seeking applications which fall 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
How will the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund be allocated in 2022?
In 2022, Coca-Cola Thank You Fund grants totalling €100,000 will be awarded to charities, community and voluntary organisations, sporting groups and NGOs seeking funding for initiatives that support and inspire young people (16-25 years old) to develop the skills they need become change champions focused on the creation of sustainable communities.
The Fund judging panel will determine the division of the funding.
The Fund’s application form facilitates entrants in selecting which funding amount is most suitable for their project - €5,000, or €10,000.
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.
As part of their submission applicants will be asked to include a 50-word summary of their project, with the 20 shortlisted organisations’ summaries posted on www.coca-cola.ie/thankyoufund and eligible for the ‘The People’s Choice Award.’
This award will be voted on by the public and the winning organisation will receive €5,000 in funding for their project from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. Votes will be managed through www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou
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 between 15 and 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.
The ‘People’s Choice Award’ winner will be voted for by the public through www.coca-cola.ie/thankyoufund.
When will the winners be announced?
Following the judging process, successful 2022 Coca-Cola Thank You Fund recipients will be awarded funding. The winners will be notified personally and published on our website: www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou.