Closing Date: Friday 28th October 2022 at 5pm

15 Seed Grants to support communities’ creative exploration of grief or memorialisation are available.

IHF are inviting applications from groups and /or individuals nationwide before the closing date of Friday 28th October at 5.00pm. This IHF programme offers communities across Ireland multiple ways to process the impact of death, dying, grief, and more general losses.

IHF Seeds programme piloted in early 2021 and was extended through to 2022. To date 39 projects have been supported with micro grants, expertise, and resources enabling communities of place or interest to develop their own tools or articulate their needs.

Previous awardees includeindividual artists, writers, nursing homes, secondary schools, community groups, disability support centres, local choirs, and hospitals. This year IHF are encouraging as wide a group of people as possible to apply with a simple application process and lots of support.

As part of previous Seeds Grants programmes, awardees included projects from across the Munster region:

  • Tipperary (Newport) – Patchwork Quilt by Newport Women’s Shed
    Guided by experienced quilter Geraldine O’Keeffe, Newport Women’s Shed created a Patchwork Quilt with each square a dedicated reflection on the loss of a lost loved one.  The quilt has since been donated to Limerick’s Milford Care Center to use in an auction fundraiser.
  • Tipperary (Thurles) – ‘Acting Out’ by Down Syndrome Tipperary (DST)

Parent-led Down Syndrome Tipperary (DST)successfullytrialled a drama programme entitled ‘Acting Out’ designed to meet the needs of people with Down Syndrome between the ages of seven and 25 who have or will suffer loss in all its forms. 

  • Waterford (Dungarvan) – The Déise Woman’s Shed

Led by Mary Kelly and Yvonne Sheehan, the Deise Women’s Shed knitted and crochet an array of blankets, toys, accessories, and shawls for people of all ages facing life-limiting conditions, such as cancer, dementia, and Parkinson’s. These were then delivered to palliative care units at Waterford University Hospital and Dungarvan Community Hospital.

  • Cork – Journey Through Ritual of Lament by Michelle Collins
    Michelle Collins facilitated a project exploring loss, grief, reflection and remembrance with residents of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice in Cork. The project was conducted in three phases including engagement workshops, active listening activities and reflective workshops, with each phase delving deeper into practices of lament and keening in distinct ways.
  • Limerick – Messages to the River by Annie Hogg
    Drawing on the employment of nature and the elements to assist with grief and bereavement, visual artist Annie Hogg facilitated a workshop for invited participants to create prayer rafts lit with candles to carry messages of loss and prayer. The event took place on Sunday 1st May 2022 (Bealtaine) at Lough Gur in Co. Limerick.

Previous Seed Grants Projects





IHF Seed Grant Programme 2022 2023

Irish Hospice Foundation with Creative Ireland sets out to inspire and support the work of groups, organisations and individuals who wish to mark in some tangible way their response to the universal realities of dying, death and bereavement.   

About IHF Seed Grants 

Seed Grants are to support groups, organisations and individuals in exploring creative ways to do this. Priority will be given to creative initiatives that take innovative approaches to reflection and remembrance.  They aim to help start new local art projects, or to support existing projects gain momentum – this may involve artists, crafts people, performers, and / or coders. It may be a group or individual who has a good idea.  

Videos of successful applicants from 2022 are available to view on YouTube, see HERE.

Grants of up to €2,000 are available with up to 15 awards on offer. See for full details

Successful awardees are available for interview on request.

List of projects from Munster are as follows:


  • Marthaz Urns (Martha Cashman)

  • Journey Through Ritual of Lament (Michelle Collins)


  • Messages to the River (Annie Hogg)

  • Sorry for Our Troubles (Jennifer Moran Stritch)

  • Dying to Know (Joanne Ryan / Lime Tree)


  • Patchwork Quilt (Newport Women’s Shed)

  • ‘Acting Out’ (Down Syndrome Tipperary / DST)


  • Blankets of Hope (Deise Women’s Shed)

  • Mural of Remembrance (GAA)

Application Process 

Apply via either the digital application form on the IHF website or you can also download and print an application form there and submit by post. See for full details.

Key Dates: 

Thursday 6th October 2022: Application process opens.

(Wednesday 19th October 2022:  Online briefing / Q&A clinic for potential applications.

Friday 28th October 2022 @ 5.00pm:  Closing date for all applications.

Tuesday 8th November 2022: Successful applicants announcedAll applicants will be notified this week.  

Friday 28th April 2023: Successful projects must be completed by this date. 

About Irish Hospice Foundation 

Irish Hospice Foundation is a national charity that addresses dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Our vision is an Ireland where people facing end of life or bereavement, and those who care for them, are provided with the care and support that they need.   

Through advocacy and education, and the provision of services such as Nurses for Night Care and the Bereavement Support Line, Irish Hospice Foundation works to ensure that every person in Ireland can die and grieve well, whatever their age and wherever the place.  For more information or to support all we do see 

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