Action is needed.
Futures are on the line.

Imagine, for one second, growing up with gangland violence on your doorstep, or in a home with addiction, overcrowding, isolation or poverty.

Fast forward 14 months and three lockdowns. Remove social spaces, shut down the projects you love and cut you off from that positive person that backs YOU. For children and young people living with this reality, the pandemic has been catastrophic.

1 in 5 children in Ireland are now living in poverty.
Battling silently.

So, we need your help to rebuild THEIR confidence, hope and resilience to succeed in life. With your support, we will back proven and transformational youth projects. Together, we can create prospects and a fighting chance for a generation at risk.

Every child deserves that.

Each year, the Irish Youth Foundation awards funding to a range of innovative projects and charities which are carefully selected on their ability to impact the lives of children and young people in their communities. As a response to the pandemic, we’ve tripled our fundraising efforts to €1.5million across the next 18 months so we can reach 45,000 children and young people.

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In 2020, we raised and distributed an additional €500k which benefitted 14,123 children and young people. But we could only meet 6.6% of the staggering €7.5 million requested.

Futures are on the line. We need to do more. YOU can make a massive difference.




It is so important and so right that we – Ireland – stand up and act for Generation Pandemic.

Roddy Doyle


The Irish Youth Foundation speaks up for young people and children from disadvantaged backgrounds and supports them through the key transitions of their lives. We also champion the incredible work of the youth workers and project leaders that support them who are unsung heroes, despite being part of the fabric in numerous local communities. Often they’re the only good adult in a young person’s life and their work is fundamental to the success of the projects across Ireland.


We have feet on the ground.

Working closely with everyone from grassroots organisations and after-school clubs to national charities, we have an in-depth understanding of what’s needed and where, and fund innovative programmes that deliver real results for children and young people.


We have over 30 years’ experience, have supported over 2,000 projects and awarded over €20,000,000 in grants to Irish youth services.

We rapidly respond to what’s needed and carry out the due diligence on all the projects we support.


The Irish Youth Foundation is a registered Irish charity (CHY5957), Registered Charity Number (RCN) 20009878. The Irish Youth Foundation is fully compliant with all relevant Irish charity governance, legislation and regulatory frameworks.

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