Aviva Stadium Community Fund Scheme
Aviva Stadium supports deserving projects in the area immediately surrounding the stadium and in 2007 created an annual fund of €100,000. This fund is index linked and will continue for the life of the stadium. The fund has been running for over six years and nearly €700,000 has been invested into the local community.
Any monies not given out in the year go into the following year's fund. The fund is administered by the Stadium Community Committee (SCC - formerly the Project Monitoring Committee) which consists of two representatives each of Aviva Stadium, Dublin City Councillors, the local community and Dublin City Council executives. The SCC is advised by an independent advisor who now visits everyone making an eligible application to the fund. Documentation in relation to making an application to the fund can be can be found below.
Applications can be made at any time but will be considered by the SCC either in the period January-June or July-December. There will be two series of grants in any given year.
Many local organisations have pointed out one unfortunate feature of the current economic situation in Ireland has been an ever dwindling amount of support for local community projects. In that context the Aviva Stadium Community Fund has become ever more important, a factor reflected in a record 40 projects seeking funding in the first tranche of grants for 2012. As ever, there has been a diverse range of projects submitted, some from old friends and other from organisations seeking to access the fund for the first time.
Included in the applications are summer camps for local children; new uniforms for the local branch of the St Johns Ambulance; upgrading of sports facilities for a range of clubs; staging of theatre and dance shows; music and food festivals; a sensory room for a local school and miscellaneous equipment for a number of local organisations. Such has been the volume of projects that the Project Monitoring Committee, the final adjudicators on which projects get support, has taken the decision to put more of this year’s fund into the first half of the year.
As stadium director, Martin Murphy, points out: “To date the fund has made a real difference for over 150 different projects. While we want to ensure that it supports the widest cross section of projects possible, at the same time we want to ensure that where support is given that it makes a real difference.”
What the recipients say about the Fund...
“We very much appreciated the funding from the Aviva Stadium. It enabled us to screen 38 local women for diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure as well as receiving dental advice, cervical and breastcheck advice, information on smoking cessation and also stress management. The feedback from the local community has been very positive.” Michelle Phelan, Chairperson, Women’s Health event, Irishtown and Ringsend Community Participation Group.
“Lansdowne Tennis Club is extremely grateful for the grant which we put towards tennis coaching for three local schools namely Star of the Sea, Scoil Mhuire – Lakelands and St Matthew’s, all in Sandymount.” Edel Harvey, Tennis Director, Lansdowne Tennis Club
“All the residents enjoyed the Christmas dinner and had a great evening with music. A big thank you from myself and all the committee and residents of Bethany House.” Colette McCaw, Scheme Manager, Bethany House
Note: Under the rules of the community scheme no project can receive more than 50% of the grant requested. each organisation applying for funding must also be demonstrate that they are in a position to raise the rest of the funding for the project in question. All projects are initially assessed by an independent accessor who makes a recommendation to the Stadium Community Committee.