The Ulster Bank Community Impact Fund has been established to give local communities a welcome boost by providing grants to support their work in enterprise creation, financial education and financial inclusion initiatives.
The fund will distribute £250,000 in grants to community organisations across Ireland during 2013. Applications for funding will be assessed in partnership with the Community Foundation for Ireland and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
You can learn more about Ulster Bank and their work to support local communities across Ireland here.
The closing date for applications is Friday 8th March and successful applicants will be notified soon after.
Please note that the Ulster Bank Community Impact Fund does not support general appeals and will only consider applications which meet both the outlined criteria and clearly fit into the purpose of the Fund. Before you begin the application process, please ensure your project fits into the purpose of this Fund.
The purpose of the Fund is to assist local, regional and national projects that provide support in the following categories only:
1. Enterprise Support/Education: This category will support projects that increase local entrepreneurship through education programmes, confidence building and/or skill development activities which enable re-employment or social enterprise.
2. Financial Education/Inclusion Support: This category will support projects which increase the financial capability of individuals and groups through the provision of financial education workshops, services or support. It will also support financial inclusion projects aimed at improving access to financial services for those currently financially excluded.
If you are applying from the Republic of Ireland, please see here for the application form which also includes the criteria for the grants.
If you are an organisation in Northern Ireland interested in applying an application form is available for download here.