Nominate Us for AIB’s €1 Million Community Fund!

On May 10, the AIB Community €1 Million Fund opened for 2023, giving anyone in Ireland a chance to nominate their local charities to receive additional financial support. The nomination window is open for five weeks, and anyone can nominate a charity that means the most to them!

The fund aims to support various community groups and help nonprofit organisations keep up their good and much-needed work. The fund is currently supporting 72 charities across six regions in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK and is looking to support a further 72 organisations this year.

The organisations that receive the highest number of nominations will be shortlisted and invited to present to a judging panel that will consist of several AIB representatives and independent judges.

If you intend to nominate Shine for consideration, you can simply submit your nomination on the AIB Community €1 Million Fund website (by clicking on this link: All you have to do is click on ‘nominate here’, enter Shine: Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health and our charity registration number (20011512) and give a short description of why you think we deserve support.

We at Shine greatly appreciate any and all nominations because, as a charity, every little bit of funding we receive makes it possible for us to continue to provide vital support to anyone living with mental health challenges, along with family members and supporters. By doing so, you’ll also be helping us achieve our vision of a more compassionate Ireland where those affected by mental illness and stigma are supported and included in all aspects of society.

Shine Recovery Fund 2023: 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 a Shine staff member in the 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 2022 cannot apply for funding in 2023. Shine receives many applications for the Recovery Fund and has limited funding, so this is to ensure fairness and that as many people as possible can benefit from the funding.

If you wish to apply for the Shine Recovery Fund, please fill out the Shine Recovery Fund Application Form. If you would like an application form posted to you, please email with your name and address or call 01 541 3715.

Please read the Shine Recovery Fund Privacy Statement.

Applications close 5pm on Thursday 25th May 2023.