Funding thanks deadline extended

THERE are three days left to enter a fund offering thousands of pounds to community and voluntary groups promoting active lifestyles across Ireland.

The Coca-Cola Thanks You Fund has extended its application deadline until July 20 at midnight.

The initiative is making £103K/€125K available to community and voluntary groups promoting active lifestyles.

Supported by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) and the Wheel applications are being accepted online at

Maire Campbell, Public Affairs and Communications Director, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, said: “Today we’re announcing that there is more time available for people to enter this year’s ‘Coca-Cola Thank You Fund’.

“We’ve had a huge level of interest in the Fund and having taken this on board we’ve decided to extend the application date by two weeks until the 20th of July. The ‘Coca-Cola Thank You Fund’ is a great resource for non-profit organisations throughout this country.

“I’d encourage all non-profit organisations to log onto the website, and share their great ideas.”

Of the £103K/€125K ten projects will receive £8,200/€10,000 grants and one outstanding overall winner being awarded £20,500/€25,000. The project selected will represent best practice and will be a creative, innovative initiative capable of being replicated in other communities.

After the closing date of July 20 a judging panel consisting of Coca‑Cola, The Wheel and the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action will create a shortlist of 45 organisations which will be published on the Coca-Cola website on September 1st, 2012.

Public vote will then account for 50 per cent of the final decision and a vote by an expert judging panel will account for the remaining 50 per cent. The winners will be announced by November 2012.

Full details on ‘The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund’ can be found at