Apply For Funding


Your project must come under 1 or more of the following heading: Education, Health, Rural Development/Sustainable Agriculture and Disaster Relief Response.

Your project must be community focused and based in the Global South (Bishops’ Appeal has funded some emergency responses elsewhere but this is not our primary remit).

Funding applications can range from €100 – €20,000 or £100 – £20,000. Where possible (if you have access to both euro and sterling accounts) give the amount being requested in both currencies.

The Bishops’ Appeal cannot carry out the monitoring and evaluation processes on its own and so partners with NGOs and mission agencies who support local communities and who can provide updates and reports in line with best international practice.

Application Process:

Applicants fill out a 1 page summary page (Click To Download Summary Page) and then provide 4 additional pages of information on the project including a budget. This should all form one document. Applications without a summary page will not be considered.

Photographs can now be used in applications.  We abide by the Dochas Code of Conduct for Images and Messages.  Successful applications may be asked for use of photographs in Bishops’ Appeal materials.

Applications should then be emailed to

You will not necessarily receive a receipt of application.

Applications will be considered several times per year. Any application that fulfils the above requirements and is submitted two weeks in advance of a meeting will be considered at that meeting. Any applications sent later, will be considered at the next meeting.

Upcoming 2023 meeting dates are:

13th March / 19th June / 18th September / 20th November

Therefore submission deadlines for 2023 are:

27th February/5th June/4th September/6th November

Successful applicants will receive email confirmation of funding granted within a week of a committee meeting. Deferred or unsuccessful applicants will also be notified. Several procedures must be put in place before funds can be released. These can take 2 – 8 weeks.

More Fundraising Ideas

  • Coffee Mornings
  • Bucket Collections
  • Donations for seeds during Harvest
  • ‘Live on Less’ campaign for Lent
  • Homelessness Appeal for Advent (for people displaced in Ireland and overseas)
  • Coin collections/smartie tube coin collections
  • Church collections for specific projects or appeals
  • Charity Concert

Speak Out

  • For Advocacy Campaigns that you and your parish can engage with, see our ‘Advocacy’ area.
  • For Sermon/Talk Ideas, see our Talks, Sermons & Articles section of our ‘Educate’ area.
  • For more information on Justice Issues, see Development Education and the Resources sections in our ‘Educate’ area.