‘Children’s Promise’ Grants Programme

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Harnessing Childhood Potential Through Community-Based Collaborations

2024 Grant Round Now Open


  • Application open on 27 February.
  • Information session via Zoom 12 March 1pm. (link to register will be uploaded here)
  • Closing date for all applications 21 March at 1pm.
Please submit all queries via email only to info@khf.ie. 


Location of 2023 selected projects across Ireland

Brochure outlining 2023 Projects

The ‘Children’s Promise’ grants programme is a funding programme within Katharine Howard Foundation (KHF). KHF particularly focuses on prevention and early intervention initiatives, to support the best life outcomes for young children. This grants programme is a collaboration with Community Foundation Ireland and we are grateful for their support.

In 2023, we received 172 applications, completed to a high standard. After a rigorous selection process, 17 organisations were chosen to be supported through financial and non-financial supports. These organisations work with a wide range of complex issues, but all have a common objective: to harness the childhood potential in particularly vulnerable communities, through supports for pregnant mothers, young children and their families. To read more on the organisations selected, click here.


The ‘Children’s Promise’ grants programme aims to support community-based organisations working with young children and their families in disadvantaged areas, who may not reach their potential due to the corrosive impact of poverty. The programme is a promise from KHF to provide financial and other supports to selected organisations, to support and develop the potential of the children engaged with the organisations. It aims to build on the powerful work taking place at statutory and community-level to address child poverty.


The ‘Children’s Promise’ grants programme 2024 will open for applications online on 27 February and close at 1pm on 21 March.
All applications must be submitted through the online portal Submit by clicking on the chosen grant option below which will take you to the Submit portal to register. Please note that the person registering will then be the main person of contact for all communications via the portal.

There are two funding options available: One Year Grant and Multi-Annual Grant. There are two phases to the application process for Multi-Annual grant and you must first submit an Expression of Interest for multi-annual funding. All information on the application process and criteria are contained in the Grant Application Guidelines: click HERE to download. We advise you to read it carefully and have this document to hand when completing your application.

Apply for One Year Grant                              Apply for EOI Multi-Annual

Applications may be completed on a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. All enquiries will be dealt with by email only to info@khf.ie.



This grants programme focuses on ‘promising projects and practices’ within community based organisations, which aim to prevent or intervene at an early stage in addressing the potential impact of poverty on young children and their families. It encourages applications from small, collaborative projects that focus on gaps in provision and innovative approaches to addressing these gaps.

The ‘Children’s Promise’ grants programme supports organisations in the following categories:

  1. Early years / young children projects, within community-based settings.
  2. Parental support programmes
  3. Research into promising programmes or gaps in provision that may help to build policy support in those areas.
  4. Capacity building within an organisation.


Katharine Howard Foundation believes in partnering with organisations, in addition to providing funding. We know that many programmes are run on tight resources, with committed staff and we want to help them to build their capabilities as an organisation and to aim for ‘realistic’ change. We know this won’t always be linear and there will be challenges along the way. Therefore, both the one-year and multi-year programmes that are selected for the ‘Children’s Promise’ Grants Programme will be offered non-financial supports, such as participation in a learning network with other grantees, strategic planning, help with building an evidence base and sustainability.