The Applegreen Blossom Fund, a partnership between Applegreen and the Irish Youth Foundation, was launched last week by Irish International Rugby legend, Sophie Spence and Irish Olympian and Dancing with the Stars quarter-finalist, Rob Heffernan at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens.
The Fund will provide €124,000 to not-for-profit voluntary and charitable organisations around the country which promote the health and wellbeing of children aged 4 to 12 years living in disadvantaged circumstances.
The fund will support projects which focus on positive physical or mental health, healthy eating or other innovative ways of supporting children in these areas. Over 60 successful applicants across Ireland will receive a grant of €2,000 each from the Applegreen Blossom Fund. It will be open for applications on 16th April 2018 and will close on 9th May 2018. Applications can be made online at www.iyf.ie/applegreenblossomfund
Speaking last week, Head of Charity at Applegreen plc, Adrian Giffney said, "As an Irish owned company, we always endeavour to ‘give back’ to the communities where we operate. We are very excited to see the impact that this programme will make to the health and well-being of children living in disadvantaged areas."
Head of Grants and Programmes at the Irish Youth Foundation, Sabina Cotter added, "Poverty affects every aspect of a child’s life including their health and wellbeing. This partnership opens up fantastic opportunities for projects working with children living in disadvantaged areas to apply for funding. We know projects are doing innovative, exciting and impactful activities in their communities and often struggle to secure money to deliver them, so this is a fund they can now apply for."