The public are being encouraged to put forward their pick from 20 groups shortlisted for the Thank You Fund’s brand-new People’s Choice Award 2018.

Coca-Cola Ireland has revealed a shortlist of 20 non-profit organisations in this year’s Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, which aims to empower and support young people across Ireland.

Empowering young people

The groups have been selected for their ideas on bridging the divide between education and the workplace, fostering diversity and inclusion in communities, empowering young people to become the leaders of the future, and welcoming innovative approaches to sustainability.

The candidates will now continue in the process to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a share of the €100,000 Fund.

The People’s Choice Award

‘The People’s Choice Award’ is a new element for the Thank You Fund, being introduced this year. The 20 shortlisted organisations have now been chosen and the public are encouraged to vote based on a summary of each project. The winning organisation will receive up to €10,000 in funding from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund.

Vote now for the Thank You Fund 2018 People’s Choice Award

The 20 shortlisted groups that you can vote for are:

The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund is delivered in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation and Youth Action Northern Ireland. Shortlisted from over 200 entries, 20 youth organisations are in the running to receive a grant of €30,000, €10,000 or €5,000 following a presentation to the panel of judges. Winners will be announced at Zeminar, Ireland’s largest Youth Conference, in the RDS on Tuesday 13 November 2018.

Rewarding projects with the potential to inspire

Petre Șandru, Country Manager, Coca-Cola Ireland says that Coca-Cola has a long history of supporting non-profit organisations in Ireland and Northern Ireland. “For the past few years the Fund has put a particular focus on supporting initiatives aimed at young people,” he says.

“We’re are once again rewarding projects which have the potential to inspire young people and equip them with a range of skills they will use throughout their lives and careers. I wish all of the shortlisted groups the best of luck throughout this exciting phase.”

Setting up young people for positive futures

Sabina Cotter, Head of Grants and Programmes, Irish Youth Foundation says it’s a pleasure to announce the shortlist. “We reviewed more than 200 applications this year and while it was great to see so many quality applications it also meant that we had some tough decisions to make.

“The projects shortlisted have responded to the Fund’s themes in a variety of creative ways. All are innovative and engaging and have at their core a commitment to setting up young people for positive futures. 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.”

Vote now for the Thank You Fund 2018 People’s Choice Award