What is The Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund?

Now in its eighth 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 €855,000 has been given to 70 non-profit organisations across the island of Ireland.

In 2018, Coca-Cola will donate €100,000. The theme of the Fund will focus on working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.

In 2018, the Fund wants to support non-profit organisations with new ideas aimed at bridging the divide between education and the workplace, fostering diversity and inclusion, empowering young people to become the leaders of the future and supporting youths taking an innovative approach to sustainability in local communities.

For the purposes of the Fund, young people are defined as those aged between 16 and 25 years of age.

What is this year’s theme?

In 2018, the Fund will focus on one overall theme – ‘Working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland to inspire and support young people.’

Within this theme, the Fund is seeking applications which fall under one or more of the following four categories:

  • Bridging the divide between education and the workplace
  • Fostering diversity and inclusion in youth communities 
  • Empowering young people to become the leaders of the future
  • Youths taking an innovative approach to sustainability in local communities

How will the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund be allocated in 2018?

In 2018, Coca-Cola will award grants totalling €100,000 to non-profit organisations. 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, €10,000 or €30,000.

The judges will take this preference on board in their consultations but in some case the funding awarded may be higher or lower than that requested.

This year applicants will be invited to submit a 60-second video to support their project. The 20 shortlisted organisations’ videos will be posted on Coca-Cola.ie and a new element will be introduced this year - ‘The People’s Choice Award’.

This award will be voted on by the public and the winning organisation will receive €10,000 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 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.

Each of the 20 organisations will be called to an interview with the judging panel where they will present their projects to the judges.  

The 20 shortlisted organisations’ 60-second videos will be posted to Coca-Cola.ie so that the public can vote for the ‘People’s Choice Award’. The ‘People’s Choice Award’ winner will receive €10,000 in funding for their project. The winner will be voted for by the public through www.coca-cola.ie/thankyoufund.

When will the winners be announced?

Following the pitch phase, our panel of judges will announce the winners at Zeminar, Ireland’s largest youth conference, in November 2018. The winners will be notified personally and published on our website: www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou.