List of Grantees
The Ireland Funds are strategically placed to ensure that grant recipients utilize resources efficiently. Our grant process ensures clear objectives with measurable results. We support vital work by determining the areas with most need and working with donors where their gifts can be most effective. Examples of the 1,200+ projects we have assisted are below.
The Clubhouse is a state-of-the-art after- school technology centre equipped with both PC and Mac computers and lots of other high tech equipment. Almost 86% of Clubhouse members come from low-income, welfare dependent and/or single parent families and live in local authority flat complexes in the south inner city of Dublin.Most importantly, it is a place where children can get away from a challenging urban environment and experiment without fear of failure. Here, kids ages 8-18 push the limits of powerful design technology, discover new outlets for their creativity and energy, become inspired about learning, and develop confidence in themselves and their potential. The Clubhouse supports youth who have "graduated" with an Alumni Programme for members who turn 18, to support their transition to adulthood.
Global networkThe Clubhouse is part of a global network of 105 Clubhouses established in 1993 by the Boston Museum of Science in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. Seed funding from the Intel Foundation helped the network develop 100 Clubhouses around the world and today the Clubhouse is one of two in Ireland with a sister Clubhouse in Northern Ireland.
In 2009 the Computer Clubhouse widened its development strategy due to a changed economic environment. They looked to new sources by engaging with private donors and support from The Ireland Funds, and an interested donor played a part in this new strategy. Support enabled the Computer Clubhouse to continue the development of its Drop-In and Mentor Programme. Since September 2009, it has increased from 10-40 volunteer mentors.