Supporting Communities During COVID-19

Supporting Communities During COVID-19

This page brings together information on Community Supports as we go through the phases of lifting restrictions and supports from the state to enable responses from community and voluntary groups.

Government Supports

The Department of Rural and Community Development have developed the following resources as restrictions are lifted.

  1. To support the community response to COVID-19 the department have developed a suite of leaflets about volunteering, how we are supporting communities and advice for vulnerable people
  2. The Charity Regulator has added a COVID-19 FAQ section to their website which you may find useful  
  3. An online partner pack for your organisation to use in your own communication and across your network can now be downloaded online here
  4. Advice on giving and receiving support
  5. Advice for the community sector on re-opening safely.
  6. 2020 CLAR funding - Measure 1 provides support to Schools and Community Safety and COVID-19 safety related intervention.
  7. COVID-19 Stability Fund Now Open for Unincorporated Organisations - The application deadline for Phase 2 will close at 3:00pm on Monday, 10th August 2020.

The Department of Rural and Community Development email helpdesk facility is available to assist you with advice or queries and is open 7 days a week, email C&

Community and Voluntary Supports

Womens Community Organisations

The National Collective of Community based Womens Networks has 17 projects around the country that are continuing to work with and support the wellbeing of women. Find out more on their website.

Community Work Ireland

CWI have convened a Covid-19 Non-Governmental Organisation Group comprising national organisations representing marginalised communities in an effort to build a collective response to share information on emerging issues which need to be raised at Government level. They have made a joint submission on behalf of the COVID-19 NGO Group - Marginalised Groups and Promoting Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights.

They have produced a planning framework, designed to assist organisations, in planning to protect the health and wellbeing and ensure the resilience of those who experience the highest degree of socio-economic marginalization and social exclusion during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Find information on the CWI website here.

Irish Rural Link

Irish Rural Link have developed a protocol for Community Groups and Volunteers in delivering services.

Find the protocol on Irish Rural Link's website.

Volunteer Ireland

Find information on how to volunteer or to recruit volunteers on the Volunteer Ireland website here.


Community Foundation of Ireland

CFI have established a fund to help vulnerable communities during Covid-19. If you require any additional information please reach out to Hazel Hennessy at

Find out how to donate to help vulnerable communities here. 

The Community Foundation for Ireland’s Covid-19 Community Fund is closed at the moment. Contact

Institute of Public Health

Invitation to Participate in Global Project Investigating Loneliness & Isolation and COVID-19 - A number of our partner organisations are collaborating on a global study looking at ‘Coping with Loneliness, Isolation and Covid-19’ (CLIC). The study is being undertaken by a group of International academic researchers who are part of the International Loneliness and Isolation research NetworK (I-LINK).

Click here to undertake the survey. Click here to read more about the study and those involved.

We are seeking to provide the most up to date and accurate information as possible. We are asking our members to send us information on services they are providing for women during COVID-19.   

If your organisation is offering supports for women or has resources relevant to women during COVID-19 please email them to Silke at  


Further information for women during COVID-19: