About CSTWF

Since 1980:
Founded in 1980 by the Trade Unions, the Fund has made in excess of 1800 Development and over 40 Emergency Aid Grants totalling €8,000,000.

Contact Details:
Address; 76/78 Harcourt St., Dublin 2. Phone; 00 353 1 4082473/5 email; info@cstwf.ie web; www.cstwf.ie

Voluntary Operation:
The Fund operates on a completely voluntary basis through the work of a Council, Trustees, a Management Committee, an Advisory Committee, Honorary Officers, assistance in assessing projects and in office administration. Annual administration costs (postage, stationary, printing etc.) cost less than 5% of the annual value of the fund.

Development not Dependency:
Grants are made for development projects and generally are less than 8,000 Euro. The average grant in 2016 was 6,260 Euro. Our aim is to help people to help themselves and not to give hand-outs or create a dependency culture.

Location and Classification of Projects:
The Fund does not confine its aid to any particular area or country within the Third World. In fact, grants have been made to projects in all developing countries since the foundation of the Fund. Projects have been assisted in the following sectors: Education, Health, Community Development, Water, Agriculture, Industry Development and emergency aid/famine relief.

Grants made:
The following is a short list of projects picked at random from the Fund’s records:

  • Renovation of Bakery in Children’s Home – Sierra Leone
  • Solar Lighting System in Montessori School – Pakistan
  • Toilets for Girl’s School – India
  • Sheep rearing – Ethiopia
  • Irrigation – Lesotho,South Africa

Local Participation:
The Fund prefers to see proposals where there has been advance consultation with the intended beneficiaries of the project and where local people will take an active part in its implementation, if practicable.

Annual Report:
An Annual Report together with a copy of the audited accounts of the Fund is published each year which provides a statement of income & expenditure and, statistics regarding location and sector of projects. Reports are available by clicking here.