The Ulster Bank has established a new fund worth £250,000 to help local communities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The Ulster Bank Community Impact Fund will support projects in the fields of enterprise creation, financial education and financial inclusion. Grants will be in the range of £1000/€1000 to £35,000/€40,000 and will be awarded in the first half of 2013.
The Fund will support local, regional and national projects that provide support in the following categories:
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.
The closing date for applications is 8 March 2013.