Future Kinsale Co-Op membership

In order to join Kinsale CoOp, either as a resident or a visitor, you only need to print off the form at the bottom, and either make a bank transfer or drop in the standing order form to your bank. But to notify Future Kinsale of your membership, please also send us the form by email to futurekinsale@gmail.com

Fundingpoint Cork – Grant Schemes and Deadlines, March to May

For full information and details for each grant, please click the download button below.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland – The Academy
This six-day programme, over the course of six months, will provide you with the support and direction you need to help you to kick-start your idea and take the next steps.
– Deadline: 19 March 2019

Energy for Generations Fund
Charities working in the areas of suicide prevention, homelessness and education access and support can apply to the Fund for project specific funding.
– Deadline: 22 March 2019
https://www.esb.ie/acting-responsibly/community-stem-and-the-arts/esb-corporate- responsibility

Foras na Gaeilge – Summer Camp Scheme
This is a nonprofit scheme to keep the camp fees low for the young people. Grants are provided out of public funding, and Foras na Gaeilge has statutory duties to ensure value for money for all funded projects. Particularly welcoming applications from organisations located in areas recognised in Government strategies or legislation.
– Deadline: 22 March 2019

Loreto Foundation Fund
The Loreto Foundation Fund supports groups which are of benefit to, and improve the lives of, the most vulnerable in Irish society. The focus for 2019 and 2020 is homelessness and so the fund will only fund groups that are working in this area.
– Deadline: 31 March 2019

World of Children Awards
It is important to recognize that our children are the world’s largest voiceless minority, as well as its most important asset. The World of Children seeks to give this minority a voice by making children’s issues central to the future of all societies around the world. All Award funds go to support the proven and sustainable programs initiated/managed by the winners.
– Deadline: 31 March 2019

EPA – Event Support Grants
The Environmental Protection Agency provides funding to support science, technology, research and innovation projects through grant-aid to third level institutions, state agencies, government departments, local and regional authorities, the private sector and individuals.
– Deadline: 31 March 2019

EYF Grants – Annual Work Plan Grant
Its purpose is to encourage co-operation among young people in Europe by providing financial support to such European youth activities which serve the promotion of peace, understanding and co-operation in a spirit of respect for the Council of Europe’s fundamental values such as human rights, democracy, tolerance and solidarity.
– Deadline: 1 April 2019

EYF Grants – International Activity Grant
International meeting of young people or youth leaders in Europe which contribute to the work of the youth sector of the Council of Europe in topic, methodology and with a clear European dimension.
– Deadline: 1 April 2019

The Hospital Saturday Fund Charity
The Hospital Saturday Fund was founded in 1873, at a time when poverty, overcrowding and ill- health were prevalent and little help was available for those needing costly hospital care.
– Deadline: 3 April 2019

Foras na Gaeilge – Youth Events Scheme
Foras na Gaeilge is providing funding for appropriate Youth Events programmes (which must contain a minimum of 12 sessions) through Irish for young people (3 to 18 years of age).
– Deadline: 5 April 2019

The Ireland Funds – Small Grants & Flagship Investment Grants
The mission is to be the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland.
– Deadline TBC

Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2019
Supporting activities in Ireland that advance economic andsocial rights and equality in relation to the prioritised areas of:`
1. Housing/Accommodation; 2. Health and Decent work.
– Deadline: 15 April
www.ihrec.ie/our- work/human-rights-and-equality-grants-scheme/

Social Innovation Fund Ireland – The Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund
The first fund in Ireland to support charities and social enterprises that seek to enhance the economic mobility of women, and is designed specifically to equip these organisations to expand their business acumen, drive growth and deepen their impact across Ireland.
– Deadline: 18 April 2019

Koch Foundation Grants
The Koch Foundation is an independent, private Catholic family foundation that administers grants for projects and programs that spread the Catholic faith, using its endowment to support evangelization activities.
– Deadline: 1 May 2019

Social Innovation Fund Ireland – Ignite Fund
The objective of the Ignite Fund is to sparkmeaningful social impact in communities across Ireland by providing support to some of the most innovative charities and social enterprises. 
– Deadline: 6 May 2019

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Grants
the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People (DMTFYP) is able to reach directly into communities and offer help where it is needed, as a funder to smaller charities and organisations that may be otherwise overlooked.
– Deadline: 7 May 2019

Community Groups Databank information

Hi, We’ve agreed within the new Inspired By Kinsale initiative to collect and store profile information on Kinsale’s community groups, and to make their profiles available to residents and visitors through Kinsale.ie.  Whether you represent a sports, arts and culture, history, spiritual, minority, hobby, political or other community (not for profit) group, you should participate in this publicity.

Please also email this to other people you know who are responsible for administering community groups.

Please complete this information in a Word document and email it to inspiredbykinsale@gmail.com together with up to 6 images for your community group (and a caption for each) – these need not be more than 0.5MB each as they will be resized for Kinsale.ie.

Contact information

Name of group:

Number of members (if there are membership fees, please list ‘paid-up members’):

Name of current Chair

Name of current Secretary/membership contact

Email address for contacting the group

Postal address for contacting the group





About the group

Outline in up to 100 words the role of this group.

How often does it meet?

Where does it meet normally?

How many years has it been in existence and why was it set up?

What, if any, are the criteria for membership of this group?

What are membership costs?

What external funding does the group receive – we don’t need financial details, but would like to recognise the agencies which provide grant funding etc (please attach any logos for support organisations)

Is the group affiliated to any regional, national or international groups?


If the group focuses on an event/events each year (eg a festival), what are the dates of the 2019 events?

Where/when are listings of individual programming available for the 2019 events?

Outline in up to 300 words the activities which the group has been involved in during the last 12 months. Festival events – please describe in general terms rather than listing individual programming.

Other relevant information


Kinsale community databank – Project outline

We would like to build an online resource for the local community under the domain kinsale.ie, some of which can be open to visitors and some which would need to be password protected. The proposed Kinsale Community Databank will combine feeds from existing sources of local information (eg Golden Pages, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Maps, MeetUp, etc) and new content. In order to build this, we will need to commission some software development work and recruit a ‘Data Ambassador’ to encourage supply, collate and upload content – especially local directory content. It should include:

  • An historic archive – structured to allow browsing, and including images and text. Volunteer historians are sought to develop the content for this.
  • A ‘living archive’ based on contributions from residents and those with a special relationship to Kinsale. This will be based on the My Kinsale book content with updates and adding video and audio files. We would like to extend this project along the lines of An Duchas https://www.duchas.ie/en/cbes, and will apply for Creative Ireland funding to support this work. Volunteer researchers and recorders and sought to help capture content locally.
  • A skills database driven by referrals to allow users to look up and rate people’s skills/refer friends – this will build on the ‘Recommendations’ section of Kinsale Noticeboard and establish an ongoing reference source – specific skills (eg plumbing) and past experience (eg worked in traffic management). To avoid GDPR concerns, this will need careful planning and systems architecture. In order to populate this in the first instance, a survey will be carried out to collect skills information.
  • A portal to The Kinsale Co-operative Society online ‘banking’ services – more on this to come.
  • A Community Groups section which profiles each of the established Kinsale groups, of which there are about 20-30, and allows for news to be added. A volunteer is sought to contact all groups with a standard form for content provision and to collate this section.

In order to move this project forward, IBK would like to engage with potential sponsors/donors in the region to help fund the work and those who could access corporate support (eg in providing CRM and project management). We would also like to engage with school and college students to set up projects to collect local stories, podcasts/videos and to digitise/annotate photo collections.

What might a Kinsale Co-operative Society look like?


A standard definition of cooperatives in the U.S., a user-owned, user-controlled business that distributes benefits based on use, combines the model’s three fundamental principles: user-ownership, user-control, and the distribution of net income based on patronage rather than investment (Zeuli and Cropp 2004). A coop’s user is a person that supplies its raw product (e.g., grain for processing) or purchases its goods and services. The “user-owner” principle implies that the people who use the co-op help finance the co-op in return for ownership shares. Cooperative patrons (or users) become members by investing equity (either up-front or over time) in the cooperative. Members generally contribute thirty to fifty percent of the capital required to finance the enterprise.4 The collective investment of equity creates joint ownership of the business. Cooperatives may receive grants and loans (debt capital) from lending institutions (there are banks that specialize in providing cooperative credit) but there are limitations on receiving equity capital from individuals or organizations that will not patronize the cooperative. Cooperatives may obtain equity from non-members, but the investors may not be granted any voting rights and their returns from the investment are limited by state cooperative statutes (in most states dividends may not exceed eight percent annually).

Self-help community development The self-help model places community members at the core of a development process with two goals: to improve the quality of life within the community and to increase the community’s internal capacity to create further change by institutionalizing the community development process.

A community’s assets include the human, social, physical, financial, and environmental, or taken together what Green and Haines (2002) call “community capital.” By virtue of being locally developed, locally owned and locally controlled, cooperatives clearly build on a community’s human capital, social capital, and financial capital.

The cooperative contribution to human capital development (education, skills, and experience) may be its most substantial community development impact. According to Richardson (2000), the value of leadership training cannot be overestimated: “If I were pressed to select only one from a list of the ten most important components needed for sustainable rural community development, it would have to be leadership training”

The willingness of people to cooperate and trust is a fundamental building block in a cooperative development strategy. Communities with established networks and relationships (civic communities) build trust and make organizing efforts easier.

Concept and objectives for Kinsale Co-operative Society (KCS)

  1. A NFP trust with members who are residing in or have a strong interest in Kinsale.
  2. A ‘self-development co-operative’ which promotes community residents to use local financial resources to create businesses/services and assets that are locally owned and controlled.
  3. A tightly defined list of objectives which are administered by the (elected) trustees and potentially an executive:
  4. Acquisition of assets (eg buildings or land) and business entities for the benefit of the Kinsale community. This should be limited to acquiring a controlling interest, and each entity should be in principle self-financing in due course.
  5. Provision of services for the community (incremental to existing services, not substitutional) which augment the status and quality of Kinsale (eg Kinsale Wifi) – this could include tourism services making Kinsale a better attraction, town management services to improve the living environment for residents or educational services to supplement existing state-run education.
  6. Education in specific skills – eg managing small businesses in the town – potentially through the provision of multi-business supports (eg a hub)
  7. Provide sustainable employment opportunities for residents of Kinsale, especially those without transferrable skills or the wish/ability to work elsewhere.
  8. Investment in small local enterprises and community-based projects to support sustainable futures. It should be able to include some element of risk by the KCS
  9. A robust process of evaluation, monitoring and review of projects and their achievements will be essential.

Governing principles

The principles governing KCS would include the ICO guidelines:

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Member Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training and Information
  6. 6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
  7. 7. Concern for Community


Funds in the form of member shares ,some of which are withdrawable:

  1. A small unit price for minimum membership – non-withdrawable but allows access to the Kinsale Membership Card (eg €10-20 per year). This should be attainable by adults and children/younger members, residents and those visitors who want to benefit from Kinsale offers during their stay
  2. A manageable larger unit with voting rights and withdrawable at par (eg €100-500 per unit)
  3. A Larger ‘charitable donation’ share – this would be in the form of a non-withdrawable donation but could attract benefits
  4. An investor level (private or corporate) share – this might include ethical VC, crowd funding and investment by other co-operatives – the proportion of paid-up capital in this area would be limited.  It might be better to reserve this investment for specific projects (eg JV acquisition of public spaces)

2 and 4 would perhaps attract dividend payments

2 and 3 would include specific benefits:

  1. Listings on a consumer-facing website, brochures etc and participation in promotional events (KCS show etc)
  2. Membership card which offers benefits to local spending
  3. Consulting and marketing support for businesses which participate

Technical solutions

It is important that a system is built to administer KCS, based on online financial management.  Consider:

  1. Automated membership payments
  2. Administration of loans and investments
  3. Loyalty card points-based reward system allowing members to use their card in Kinsale businesses to earn points which can be spent within the community on KCS investments – a virtuous circle investment.
  4. Full financial accountability and governance to benefit from tax breaks etc
  5. Online voting

A central information service for Kinsale community and visitors

The concept is that we develop an additional element to the kinsale.ie website for community information. It should form an online and mobile information source whose primary focus is the community, but also with relevance to visitors, coupled with a mobile app allowing interactive experience.  Supported by advertising/sponsorship and including kiosks around town for access while visiting (eg in shops/pubs). The kinsale.ie can become a portal for this information, and also as the link to The Kinsale Co-Operative.

Key content areas

Information about the town   Community Visitor
History – an audio-visual presentation X X
Maps and plans of the town X X
Walkways/cycle trails and surrounding area exploration maps X X
What’s on – details on festival programmes, music venue programmes etc X X
Community groups – a page per group to set out their stall/membership etc X  
Phone directory? X  
Inspired by Kinsale projects    
One page per project – outline content and latest developments X  
Local information on schools, churches, doctors etc X  
My Kinsale folder – images, videos, podcasts, text content X X
Booking engines for accommodation and activities   X
Newsletter for Kinsale Community X  
Portal to Kinsale Co-operative X