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Microsoft in your community

Ireland community investments

Microsoft invests in local programs that benefit people of all ages. In Ireland, our collaborations are organized by our focus areas of Skills for Jobs, Enabling Sustainability, and Empowering Communities.

The following program list contains a sample of the investments Microsoft makes on an annual basis.

Skills for jobs 

Microsoft believes everyone should have access to the skills, technology, and opportunity they need to succeed in a changing economy.

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board provides a wide range of education and training programmes, services, and supports to children, young people, and adults across the County Dublin and Dún Laoghaire region.

  • Datacenter Academy (DCA) Program & Student Support enables student resources (certification, Datacenter Dynamics e-learning and testing resources) and student scholarship funding to support students who are from underserved communities, for example in “Direct Provision” in Ireland which means they are in refugee processing with limited resources for travel. The grant will ensure these students have resources to get to DCA and support their learning.


Generation You Employed transforms education to employment systems to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible.

  • Digital Skilling Bootcamps provide 11-week Data Analytics (DA) and 9-week IT support and cybersecurity skills (ITS) bootcamps for job seekers and those seeking reskilling. The cohorts prioritize applicants and students from datacenter communities, targeting a wide profile of underrepresented, underserved, and under- or unemployed learners. The project will also support Microsoft Ireland’s Skill Up Ireland Program which aims to support AI and digital skilling programs from school to job seekers and mature professionals across Ireland.


Maynooth University Foundation supports Maynooth University in advancing its vision to be a University of Excellence, Opportunity, and Impact through leading and growing fundraising activities.

  • The Maynooth Foundation Dream Space Teacher Fellowship delivers an expanded teacher fellowship program to support STEM, datacenter, and Dream Space activities at location and in Dream Space building on Dream Space, and datacenter activities such as DC Camps, DCA, and other volunteering activities. The project delivers a module for pre-service teachers to use the 21st-century learning by design methodology in their teaching and finds placements for the teachers in schools across Leinster to deliver three newly developed digital lessons. The project ensures pre-service teachers have the digital capability to ensure their students can utilize technology and engage in modern society.
  • All Ireland STEM Passport for Inclusion supports young women in Dublin (and Ireland) to university STEM programs through an accredited program providing points towards university admission and transferable ECTS credits. Maynooth University Foundation & ALL Institute and Microsoft Dream Space are partnering to provide high schools in Dublin with access to a structured program of STEM education. This accessprovides opportunity to be immersed in STEM subjects and address gender diversity challenges faced in university programs and workforce. By partnering across industry, education, and SFI, it creates a cohesive eco-system which allows young working-class women see their place in STEM, access pathways to STEM courses and careers, and attain STEM qualifications and mentorship.


South Dublin County Partnership works with partner organizations to tackle poverty and social exclusion, focusing on the most vulnerable groups. It creates neutral spaces and opportunities for parties to work together on solutions; initiates, develops, and delivers projects; enables and empowers communities; and influences policy and decision making.

  • Let’s Get Digital and StepIn2Tech Community Digital Skills programs aim to increase digital health and participation of individuals from disadvantaged areas in sustainable future employment in the tech sector. Both provide learners with extra supports required to guide them through digital role-based pathways, including one-to-one assessments of learners’ digital levels and career aspirations; “Tech taster” sessions to ignite a love of digital platforms; a Microsoft mentorship program; and referrals to other programs in the community, such as enterprise and employment supports. The programs work with community groups including a mental health group from New Horizons. The programs also set up a tech space with a digital drop-in service in the Rowlagh Community Centre, included digital themed jobs in the SDCP e-zine which compiles all job opportunities available in South Dublin, and set up the Let’s Get Digital website to raise program awareness and to facilitate online bookings.


TU Dublin Foundation makes a transformational contribution to TU Dublin so that it will be recognized nationally and internationally as the first choice in Ireland for students seeking professional, career-focused learning and discovery in a vibrant environment renowned for innovation, creativity, the application of research, and engagement with the community.

  • TUD Learn and Work DCA Program supports the Dublin and Ireland ICT sector with network, ICT, and datacenter technicians. The Learn and Work program provides students with various support services and learning resources, including certifications. The School of Informatics and Cyber Security provides various support services to students, engagement with local schools and community, and employment placement services, ensuring students receive a world-class learning experience.

Enabling sustainability 

Climate change requires swift, collective action and technological innovation. We are committed to meeting our own goals while helping communities do the same.

ChangeX International helps to create thriving communities everywhere by democratizing change, ensuring proven innovations and finance are accessible to everyone, everywhere. ChangeX is a community engagement platform that, with Microsoft’s support, has funded more than 500 groups in communities across Europe and the United States since 2015. Funds are repeated often throughout the years.

  • Forests for Schools is a pool of funds for schools across Microsoft’s Dublin datacenter community to apply for an educational forest installation on their campus. Pocket Forests and Stepping Stone Forests will complete the installations, with ChangeX as coordinator and fund manager. This builds off a tree planting at the Microsoft datacenter, where students from Coláiste Bríde joined datacenter employees and planted trees.


One Tree Planted wants to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world.

  • Clondakin Community Tree Planting Initiative is a tree cover project for Clondalkin by Trees on the Land in collaboration with Áras Chrónáin—The Irish Cultural Centre, with the support of Microsoft and One Tree Planted. Áras Chrónáin is located in the very center of Clondalkin and is at the heart of the community; Trees on the Land brought together local community groups, schools, clubs, organizations, and individuals to create a tree cover plan for the whole community. Different community planting projects planted approximately 8,000 trees across locations including unused green spaces, roadsides, school grounds and playing fields, riparian areas along the Camac, residential areas, parks, and industrial areas. The project improved the local environment for climate change adaptation, including carbon sequestration, flood prevention, and shelter and shade provision. It provided ecological enhancement for urban wildlife through a network of tree cover to expand existing areas of trees, improve the scope for biodiversity support of existing green spaces, and connect new and preexisting green spaces through green corridor creation. By creating positive, inclusive tree cover projects and spaces, it improved the health and wellbeing for the people of Clondalkin.


The Green Economy Foundation is an environmental non-government organization that promotes the development of a Green Economy—where sustainable and resource-efficient business models will out-perform and ultimately replace those dependent on profit alone. Founded in 2002 as the Irish Natural Forestry Foundation, it advocates economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable forestry in Ireland.  The organization has diversified into biodiversity, climate change, sustainable agriculture, and resource efficiency. Its three departments—Education, Policy, and Projects—work together to research, demonstrate, and encourage sustainable practice for a cleaner, more efficient, and equitable economy for all.

  • Clondalkin and South Dublin Tree Planting, in partnership with local partner Trees on the Land, planted around 8,000 trees in the Dublin DC Community area of Clondalkin and across the south/west of Dublin County. The project involved several community partners and planting locations, building on previous years’ planting 8,250 trees in the same area.

Empowering communities 

Microsoft is committed to strengthening communities and empowering the organizations that help them thrive. Whether affected by a recent emergency or decades of challenges, we use data, technology, and strategic investments to restore and support them for future generations.

ChangeX International helps to create thriving communities everywhere by democratizing change, ensuring proven innovations and finance are accessible to everyone, everywhere. ChangeX is a community engagement platform that, with Microsoft’s support, has funded more than 500 groups in communities across Europe and the United States since 2015. Funds are repeated often throughout the years.

  • ChangeX Dublin Community Challenge makes financing, resources, and support available to those who are interested in starting a proven idea, across the themes of community environment and community tech skills, with the aim of strengthening their local community. It focuses on community or school gardens, revitalization projects, and STEM labs or workshops. Key goals are to launch new local projects in the region around environmental sustainability, digital skills, and community prosperity, contributing to more sustainable, livable, and inclusive communities.


Childhood Development Initiative improves outcomes for children by delivering quality, integrated, evidence-informed services and workforce development through partnership and innovation.

  • The Community Restorative Practice Pilot uses Restorative Dialogue Circles in a post-COVID context for addressing and transforming intergenerational trauma in neighborhoods in Tallaght where tensions have been exacerbated by the stresses imposed by the pandemic-related lockdowns since 2020. Restorative Dialogue Circles (RDCs) are an evidence-based methodology that support communities and groups to discuss contentious or painful issues and to devise action plans to address the issues discussed. CDI designed and implemented a facilitated and trauma-informed process that is intentionally restorative to empower communities to articulate their experiences and devise workable solutions to the issues they are currently dealing with.


Irish Wheelchair Association works with, and on behalf of, people with physical disabilities to drive positive change in Ireland through the influencing of public policy, the provision of quality services, and enabling accessibility to all aspects of society.

  • IWA NPO Digital Transformation developed specific functionality to enable strong management of IWA’s fundraising. With a key focus on donor care, strong data management, and robust reporting, the platform maintains and builds upon fundraising long into the future.


Northside Partnership Limited works in partnership with individuals, communities, the state, and private sector to research, design, develop, and implement innovative and high-quality programs to drive positive change.

  • Not So Different NPO Digital Transformation enabled Not So Different to develop a customized data management system to ensure the sustainability of the organization in delivering critical services for people who are neurodiverse and their families and the community. The data management system will expand the organization’s reach in the community, with a view to increae the reach nationally over time.


Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organization that operates in partnership with the HSE CH07 and the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group to provide a range of high-quality rehabilitation, residential, and community services. It helps people return home after a serious illness, provides safe and home- based residential care for those who need it, and supports people to live as independently as possible in their community.

  • Peamount Healthcare Wellbeing Centre Sensory Room enhanced the resources and facilities for residents and clients by providing a sensory room as part of the facilities at the Wellbeing Centre.