Community Investment Fund
At GSK we believe our mission to help people do more, feel better and live longer, starts at home. The support we provide to charitable and community groups is one of the ways we do this.
Our GSK Community Investment Fund is a new initiative that enables us to promote health and well-being in the communities where we work.
About the Community Investment Fund
GSK employs 1,700 people across four locations in Ireland – Dungarvan, Cork, Sligo and Dublin. In Dungarvan we produce a variety of ‘over-the-counter’ pharmacy and oral care products including Panadol.
For 2018 the GSK Community Investment Fund will open to applications from organisations who work in the communities local to our manufacturing site in Dungarvan, Co Waterford.
The Fund is open for online applications from 9 July – 15 September 2018. A strict judging process will follow and we will announce the successful applicants by November.
Criteria for funding
Organisations who meet the following criteria are invited to apply for funding:
- Operate in the community local to GSK Dungarvan
- Operate in a space related to:
- Health and wellbeing
- Or scientific education
- Or environmental protection
- Or have GSK employee involvement
Why GSK makes donations
People are at the heart of what we do because healthy people make healthy communities and healthy communities are at the heart of strong societies. GSK pursues this mission not only through the medicines, vaccines and products we develop and manufacture, but also through a wide variety of community programmes we support.
- GSK Ireland Impact Awards: recognising small and medium sized community based healthcare charities in Ireland. Each year we donate a total of €60,000 to our winning charities. To date we have given €170,000 in unrestricted grants Irish healthcare charities as part of the programme.
- Barretstown, a Serious Fun camp. We have been supporting Barretstown for more than 20 years through employee volunteering and donations. Since 1994, GSK has provided over €8m in funding to Barretstown.
- Making a Difference Fund: rewarding employee volunteering. All GSK Ireland employees who volunteer a minimum of 8 hours per year in the community can apply for a donation of €500 to the charity or community group they volunteer with.
- Employee Volunteering. All GSK Ireland employees receive a gift of one day every year to volunteer with a charity or community group of their choice.
- Employee Fundraising. GSK Ireland employees have raised thousands of euros for charities including the Irish Hospice Foundation, Make A Wish and lots of other great charities through employee fundraising initiatives and our annual Wheelie Good Cause fundraising cycle.
What we don’t support
- Any organisation or charity that favours one religion, race or political party over another or should not have as their main purpose, the dissemination of political or religious information and do not otherwise use their charitable work to encourage support for religious or political causes.
- Any research-based organisation or body
- Any professional sporting event
- Any requests for funding for individuals
We also reserve the right to fully disclose all of our charitable donations including the amount and purpose of the funding. Transparency and openness are one of our core values at GSK