Charities and groups invited to apply for Aldi community grants

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Charities and community groups across Galway are this week being invited to apply for funding through Aldi’s 2021 Community Grants programme.

Aldi will distribute more than 150 bursary grants worth €500 throughout Ireland, supporting local charities and organisations which provide vital services and make a real difference in their local communities.

A total of nine grants will be distributed to charities and community organisations in Co. Galway.

Staff from each of Aldi’s Galway stores will select a charity or community organisation in its local area to award the bursary to, enabling Aldi’s staff to help the local good causes they care about.

Charities wishing to put themselves forward for the bursary donation can apply at their local Aldi store.

Aldi’s Community Grants programme has donated almost €450,000 to more than 750 local charities across the country since 2016.

These charities and organisations have ranged from rescue teams to animal sanctuaries, disability support to mental health support, and everything in between.

John Curtin, Aldi Group Buying Director, said that the past 18 months have been hugely challenging for charities and community organisations who have seen demand for their services increase.

“We need to continue providing these funds to support the organisations that make such a difference to the lives of so many in our communities,” he said.

Minister Heather Humphreys said that the programme showcases the deep involvement and commitment Aldi’s stores have to the communities they serve.

“These grants are invaluable to small charities and local community groups across County Galway, and make a big difference in supporting them to carry out their much-needed work,” said Minister Humphreys.

“Supporting local charities and organisations is more important than ever, and it is fantastic to see Aldi’s staff directly helping local causes they care about.”

To date, Aldi has donated a total of €2.9 million worth of meals to FoodCloud, €240,000 (raised from Aldi stock sold in-store, on-pack donations, voucher donations, partnership support and staff/customer donations) to Barnardos since partnering in November 2020, and will have raised over €450,000 through its Community Grants programme by the end of the year.