HSE National Lottery Grant Scheme

The HSE offer National Lottery grants to health and social care projects.

Community groups and voluntary organisations can apply.

You must provide health or social care services to the community. For example, you might help people with a disability, older people, carers or disadvantaged groups.

Important dates

Wednesday 18 January 2023 – applications for 2023 funding opens.

Friday 17 February 2023, midday – the deadline for applications.

Friday 2 June 2023 – we will contact all applicants to let them know the outcome of their applications.

Projects we can fund

The HSE fund one-off projects and services that improve the health of communities.

For example, you can apply for funding to:

  • buy equipment and small fixtures and fittings like hoists, tables, and chairs
  • run camps, classes, courses, personal development training, information or activity events

You must be able to start and finish your project in the same year you apply for the grant.

Respite care

Your group or organisation may apply for funding for short-term or once-off respite care.

For example, if your organisation supports carers you might apply for funding for respite care or a break for carers or the people they are caring for.

You must use your respite care funding by 30 June the following year.

Projects we cannot fund

The HSE cannot fund your project if:

  • it has major ongoing spending like staff or running costs or capital funding
  • you already get funding from us or another state body for the same project
  • you have a service agreement or grant aid agreement with us that includes the same service

How much you can apply for

You can apply for between €300 and €10,000 in funding for each project.

You can apply for funding for more than 1 project. But there is a limit on how much funding you can get from your local HSE Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO).

The maximum that a CHO can give to an organisation or group is €10,000.

How to apply

You must follow the application process for the local office you will be sending your application to.

Check the application process for your county

How you need to submit your application and where to send it differs by CHO. In some cases it is different depending on the office in a CHO you must send it to.

Select the county where the project or services will take place from our list of contacts for National Lottery Grants applications.

Financial and governance requirements

The HSE list our financial and governance requirements in our grant aid agreement terms and conditions.

When you sign the application form it means you agree to these.

The grant aid agreement terms and conditions are in the National Lottery application form (DOCX, 111 KB, 19 pages).

If you do not understand these, contact our office that deals with National Lottery grants in your area.

Complete the form and compile documents for application

You will need to gather financial information such as:

  • project costs and quotations
  • funding from the HSE, a state agency or public body in the last 3 years
  • previous year accounts certified by your chairperson

Download and complete the National Lottery application form (DOCX, 111 KB, 19 pages).

Send your application before the deadline.

The HSE cannot process applications that are:

  • incomplete
  • received after the deadline
  • sent to the incorrect CHO or local HSE office – check the correct address
  • sent to the right office but in the wrong way – check the application process

HSE contacts for National Lottery grant applications

If your application is not successful

Previous National Lottery payments

Page last reviewed: 12 December 2022
Next review due: 12 December 2025