Do grants cost money?

Do grants give you the chance to learn or apply your current skills to a new area?”

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I can’t say exactly.

Most people don’t think of their personal goals as “the way to end poverty”. But I suppose it is a big part of it.

You can read about a couple of charities that are helping people in a low-income area:

• The Charity Aid Network and Food Bank for Ireland, which provides food to people on low incomes, and their partners (see below for examples of their work).

• The National Children’s Bureau (NCB), provides child welfare advice, education and training to disadvantaged children.

• The Good Life Social Foundation provides shelter to homeless people and their families.


If you want to help disadvantaged people, you do need to be able to show you have the skills to do it.

But not doing it is going to cost you money.

I think the difference between these two types of charities is just about money.

• The National Children’s Bureau doesn’t actually take a cut – they just cover operating costs.

• Good Life helps provide housing, housing and care for the vulnerable. There is a grant available when you apply.

• A charity like The Good Life is a very small-scale organisation and they do need to get by – in part because the Government won’t pick up many people who could benefit from it.

This might seem to undercut the idea of giving money to a charity – and I don’t mean just “the best charity” – but it is a separate point.

• The big difference is the kind of work you can get in, the quality of the care you get or whether the work you get is in need.

Many low income people struggle to buy the basics.

• You might need to know basic computer skills, for example. This could be the difference between living in a hostel or being able to get to work.

• Some people will do volunteer work and some will find the work that could help them live in a hostel or in a low income area.

• Some social services may have to pay for support that you might otherwise get from private providers.

• You could have to work for many hours a week in order to receive the income from these types of jobs and may not be able to move out on your own – for example if you’re on benefits.