KBC seeking Bright Ideas for business and social projects

by Gazette Reporter
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KBC’s Business Bright Ideas is back for 2017 and will assist for-profit organisations in the business of having a positive impact on a city or community by addressing a particular social need.

Following a judging process a top award of €50,000 will be granted to the winning applicant who can show how the funding will help have a positive impact on communities. A total of €100,000 will be shared among the top entrants.

Meanwhile, KBC’s Bright Ideas community support initiative returns for a fourth year to support individuals and organisations which are transforming and improving the lives of others in their locality. KBC is calling on community groups across the country to apply for financial support for their dream projects from a second fund of €100,000.

Last year, four standout projects in the Dublin region were among a total of more than 50 projects from around the country selected by KBC Bank to receive funding;

CyberSafeIreland in Dun Laoghaire received €8,000 to educate parents and children on how to use and enjoy technology safely and responsibly;

The Making Home Project from Crosscare CLAN Homelessness Services based on Arran Quay in Dublin 7 received €5,500;

HARD/GRAFT Community Orchard from Common Ground in Inchicore, Dublin 8 received €3,000 to establish a Dublin Grafters Group, a network of local grafters and planters who will work to plant a series of community orchards;

We Can Cook from Dundrum Arch Club in based in Ballinteer Community Centre, Dublin 14 received €3,500 in funding to run a cookery course for people with intellectual disabilities.

Head of marketing communications at KBC, Caroline Donnellan, said: “Our team of Business Bright Ideas judges are particularly eager to hear from social enterprises, for- profit organisations that have the potential to positively impact a city or community by addressing a particular social or community need.”

Applications for both Bright Ideas and Business Bright Ideas funding can be submitted through the bank’s easy to use online application portal at www.kbcbrightideas.com. Closing date is May 31.

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