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Turn2us Charities/Providers User Guide Ireland - Introduction to Turn2us - Ireland

Introduction to Turn2us - Ireland

The Turn2us Grants Search database contains details of over 2,800 charitable funds that give grants as well as other support to individuals who may:

  • Be in financial need and have welfare needs

  • Be on a low income and require help with the costs associated with education and training courses.

As well as contact information for each charitable fund, our Grants Search contains the following information on each fund:

  • What it is called

  • Who it helps

  • What help it gives

  • Eligibility criteria (qualifying rules) 

  • Whether enquiries can be made by individuals or intermediaries

  • How to apply

  • Whether the fund accepts online enquiries through the Turn2us website.

The Grants Search has filters to help users select the criteria that apply to them or the person they are seeking a grant for. This helps to narrow down the search to match the person's background, circumstances and needs to funds that may be able to help them.

Where a charity has chosen to include our online enquiry feature, users can also make enquiries through Turn2us.

The Turn2us Grants Search and charities/not-for-profit organisations

Our Grants Search makes it easier for charitable funds to:

  • Access people in financial need who might be eligible for their help and who may be hard to reach by other means

  • Receive enquiries and applications which better match their eligibility criteria, saving time and resources

  • Manage online enquiries through Turn2us

  • Find other funds that may be able to share the cost of expensive items for individuals they are helping.

Every charitable fund listed in the database has its own ‘My Turn2us’ account through which it can:

  • Amend its status (e.g. whether it is currently accepting online enquiries)

  • Update its profile on the Turn2us Grants Search

  • Access and reply to grant enquiries made by individuals and intermediaries.


Using the Turn2us Grants Search

How do charitable funds and grants work?

Charitable funds are run by grant-giving charities to give grants to people in financial need.

In most cases, charitable funds have been set up to assist people in financial need who have something in common.

See the Turn2us About charitable funds guide for more information on how they work.


How do I use the Turn2us Grants Search?

Our Grants Search database makes searching for grants much easier.

It contains details of charitable funds in Ireland that give grants to people in financial need, based on their background, circumstances and needs.

In some cases, you can also make enquiries online through Turn2us.

If you are looking for help, you can use the Turn2us Grants Search to build up a picture of your background and situation to find possible charitable funds that may be able to help

See the Turn2us How do I search for help using the Turn2us Grants Search guide for more information.

What information do I need to do a grants search?

Before you start to use our Grants Search database, we suggest that you collect together the information that you will need if you decide to make an enquiry or application to a charitable fund - for yourself or on behalf of someone else. This will also help you when you are searching for grants.

Read our checklist of information needed to make an enquiry/application to a charitable fund

How do I apply to a charitable fund for a grant?

Each charitable fund has its own enquiry and application process that applicants asking for help have to follow.

Check the 'how to apply' section of the charity's profile on the Turn2us Grants Search for more information.

In many cases, there are two stages involved:

  • Making an initial enquiry
  • Submitting a formal application for help

See the Turn2us How do I make an enquiry or application to a charitable fund guide for more information.