The shortlist for this year’s Coca-Cola Thank You Fund has now been decided by the judging panel.

Chosen projects aimed at innovatively supporting young people aged 12 to 25 are now in with a chance of receiving a grant from the €130,000 funding pot.

Broadcaster Eoghan McDermott, an ambassador for the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, says: “We were blown away by the quality of the entries received this year – each one has vast potential to inspire and support young people in communities across the country.”

Each of the proposed programmes is aimed at supporting self-esteem and confidence building, wellbeing and leadership. Organisations shortlisted are now in with a chance of winning a €30,000, €10,000 or €5,000 grant.

Matthieu Seguin, General Manager of Coca-Cola HBC in Ireland and Northern Ireland, says: “There are many fantastic groups operating in our local communities and the aim of the Fund is to empower them to provide ambitious and innovative projects which really deliver for our young people.”

Shortlisted organisations will now pitch their ideas to the judging panel on 14 and 15 September and answer any questions, before a final decision is made on who will receive the 13 available grants.

The Fund is being delivered in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation and YouthAction Northern Ireland. The judging panel is made up of representatives from these partner organisations, together with other experts in the not-for-profit sector, including James Galvin, CEO, Federation of Irish Sport; and Chris Quinn, Director, Northern Ireland Youth Forum.

“We look forward to meeting the shortlisted organisations and seeing the grants awarded to those groups which are in a position to have the most profound impact,” says Sabina Cotter, Head of Grants and Programmes at the Irish Youth Foundation.

The complete list of shortlisted organisations for 2016:

·  Antrim Youth Information and Counselling Centre aims to enable its youth group FOCUS to deliver a new ‘HI-5 Emotional Health and Wellbeing Programme’ in collaboration with local organisations.

·  Beacon of Light Counselling Centre wants to address anger management issues by providing psychotherapy for young men from disadvantaged backgrounds.

·  Causeway Volunteer Centre for ‘All Aboard Leadership Express', a project engaging young volunteers from disadvantaged backgrounds in a 12-month leadership programme that offers training and experience

·  Cedar Foundation will seek to equip young people with physical disabilities, autism and brain injury with the confidence and skills to ‘Take the Lead’ in delivering disability awareness training.

·  Co-Operation Ireland for its ‘Legacy Youth Leadership Programme’, enabling young people to engage with global communities to develop skills to become leaders of change in their communities.

·  Cushendall Development Group for its specialist training for young people in the Glens who are not currently in employment or education.

·  Drake Music Project Northern Ireland for ‘Music and Machines,’ a programme facilitating young people with disabilities and their peers in accessing independent music making workshops at its Derry studio.

·  Extern Limerick for its ‘Jumping Hurdles Horse Project’, providing young people across Limerick city with the competencies to seek and gain employment in the equine sector.

·  Gaisce wants to partner with a number of charities working with young people in Direct Provision, introducing them to its President's Award programme.

·  Inishbofin Community Services Programme for its ‘Less Stress is Best – Strive to Thrive’ programme. As well as supporting wellbeing and equipping Inishbofin’s young population with life skills, the project involves building a traditional island curach under the guidance of a craftsman.

·  Irish Girl Guides for its first ‘National Good Turn Week’, designed to develop a stronger sense of community through kind deeds that promote self-esteem.

·  Junior Chamber International for its ‘University Mentorship Project’, which will match second-year students in third level institutions with a mentor in their chosen field.

·  Musical Youth Foundation aims to engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through music groups, focusing initially on the ukulele before broadening to include other instruments.

·  Orchardville Society wants to equip young people with a learning disability/autism to achieve their individual ambitions. Its project will enhance the leadership skills of its User Forum, which is comprised of service users who have the opportunity to influence Orchardville services.

·  Shine for its ‘See Change in Your College' project, creating an open culture around mental health in third-level institutions in Ireland and challenging mental-health stigma.

·  Sports Against Racism Ireland, for its ‘Diverse City Soccernites Young Leader Programme’. This is a series of free weekly soccer classes for girls and young women of all backgrounds in Dublin’s inner city and certified Young Leader Programme that challenges prejudices and promotes cultural integration and active citizenship.

·  Tramore Community Radio, for a young people's media project focused on confidence building and personal development through radio production and presentation.

·  Turn2Me aims to develop a safe, online community for young people where they can find support and share positive coping experiences with their peers, all under the guidance of a fully trained facilitator.

Find out more about how the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund is helping young people in Ireland