Shine Recovery Fund 2022: Applications Now Open!

What is the Shine Recovery Fund?

The purpose of the Shine Recovery Fund is to facilitate a person with self-experience of mental health challenges to achieve some aim, which may be an educational, recreational or social activity that requires some funding to help him/ her achieve this purpose.

Applications must be for a recognised project where there is a clear need and benefit from undertaking it. Examples of projects, which might be supported include:

  • Part or full payment of educational or training course fees.
  • contribution towards the development of a creative or artistic project.
  • contribution towards participation in a recreational activity.
  • contribution towards the purchase of an item which may assist the person in a creative, educational or work activity (excludes purchase of mobile phones, games consoles, holidays)
  • contribution to a project which enhances the person’s employment, self-esteem or presence in the community.

Conditions of application:

  • Applications will only be accepted from individuals who are Shine members, volunteers, ambassadors, someone who attends Shine’s groups/training programmes or use our services. Applicants should provide the name of Shine staff member in application form who can confirm that they are familiar with the applicant.
  • Applications will only be accepted from the individual seeking and benefiting from the funding applied for. We do not accept applications from organisations or mental health professionals on behalf of individuals
  • The maximum amount that can be applied for is €500.
  • Application forms must be typed if possible or if not, writing should be legible in block capital letters.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a quote/ full details of the funding being requested.

Individuals who received funding in 2021 cannot apply for funding in 2022. Shine receives many applications for the Recovery Fund and have limited funding, so this is to ensure fairness and that as many people as possible can benefit from funding

If you wish to apply for the Shine Recovery Fund, please fill out the Shine Recovery Fund Application Form.

Please read the Shine Recovery Fund Privacy Statement.

Applications close 5pm on Thursday 26th May 2022

Happy Easter from Shine

Shine would like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Easter 2022.

As we are approach the Easter weekend, we would like to remind people that while plans are being made to celebrate, the holiday times can be challenging for some. From monetary pressures, additional stress involved in planning or participating in social events, feelings of isolation or loneliness, or coping with a recent loss.

This Easter, we encourage everyone to look after your mental and emotional well-being and be aware of how our family and friends are coping.

For those struggling, tomorrow, we will share some tips on our social media that will hopefully help you better cope during this long weekend.

Shine and its services will be closed for Good Friday (15/04/2022) and Easter Monday (18/04/2022). Services will resume on Tuesday (19/04/2022).

Please refer to the following contact details if you or someone you know require urgent support over the long weekend;


Freephone 116 123

Pieta House

Freephone: 1800 247 247
Text Help to 51444

YourMentalHealth (information line is available 24/7)

1800 111 888


Shine presentation to the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Mental Health

Shine has been invited to attend the final public meeting of the Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Mental Health Pre-Legislative Scrutiny on the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 5th April 2022 @11am. Shine will be represented by Nicola Byrne, CEO and Estela Vidal, Advocacy Officer with Shine.

A copy of our opening statement can be downloaded here and will be available on the Oireachtas website after the meeting.

The meeting will be broadcast live and will be available to watch afterwards on Oireachtas TV.

You can tune in live to the meeting here.

You can watch the committee meeting afterwards here.

Shine would like to thank all those who participated in our survey and we hope that we can do justice to the very powerful testimonies, experiences and insights which we were so grateful to receive.