KBC Bank Ireland doubles its funding and awards €200,000 to Community and Business Bright Ideas across Ireland


KBC Bank Ireland today announced that as part of its 2017 Bright Ideas programme it has distributed €200,000 of funding to 60 business and community initiatives across the country.

This year KBC doubled its overall Bright Ideas fund from €100,000 to €200,000 and launched a new scheme for Ireland’s leading social innovators and entrepreneurs – KBC Bright Business Ideas.

At an awards ceremony, winners were announced with the business top prize of €50,000 being awarded to Mobility Mojo. Mobility Mojo is an innovative user generated website that works like TripAdvisor but focuses on mobility access. Addressing the fact that more than 50% of people with a disability won’t travel for fear of something going wrong, Mobility Mojo gives people the confidence to travel by providing accurate, up-to-date information on the accessibility of hotels, transport, restaurants, pubs, attractions and much more.

Stephen Cluskey, Mobility Mojo said: “It’s an honour to win the business bright ideas award. This money will be invaluable in helping us grow our impact, with our mission to make life accessible for all. Massive thank you from myself and Noelle to KBC for the incredible support.”

A close runner-up and receiving a total fund prize of €25,000 was Social Feedia, who connect people selling local produce to those who want to buy it by creatively using GPS software to track where the food came from and show where it’s been delivered to.

In third place, the Freebird Club were given a total prize fund of €10,000, followed by Gateway to Education, and MyAccessHub each receiving €5,000. Finally, the remaining five winners, Zeeko, L2C Local, CyclokReminisce Together, and Stairwear will all receive €1,000 each to go towards their initiative.

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

One deserving cause that has received funding is a unique concept, All About Dis' which is a 10-episode podcast series and social movement that looks at issues relevant to people with disabilities in Ireland in 2017. The series will include interviews with people with disabilities who have flourished in their vocations, Irish politicians and policy makers as well as experts in the fields of Special Education, Psychology and Psychiatry. The aim is that these podcasts will prompt social justice discussion about disability's place in a diverse, open society.

Another very worthy cause was a Limerick based project “AED in a Phone Box” which sees old Irish Phone boxes being brought back into the community and housing much need AEDs to rural communities. Public access defibrillators are becoming more and more important as early intervention can significantly help a person’s chance of survival should they suffer cardiac arrest out of hospital.

After a public online vote, KBC Bank Ireland announced that as part of its 2017 Community Bright Ideas programme it has distributed an additional prize fund of €5,000 to Clogh/Moneenroe Community Playground bringing their total amount of funding from KBC up to €6,250.
The much-needed funding will be put towards the installation of a wheelchair accessible roundabout as part of their community playground which will aid plans to provide a play space that is accessible to children of all abilities.

Aidan Power, Director of Customer, Brand & Marketing at KBC Bank Ireland said: “By providing funding, KBC have been able to give communities and businesses up and down the country the chance to progress with their great ideas. Initiatives like Clogh/Moneenroe Community Playground and Mobility Mojo are at the heart and soul of the community and directly create a positive change for all involved and KBC are proud to be involved with helping such inspiring initiatives.”

To date KBC Bright Ideas has awarded over €450,000 in funding to 180 community projects.
This year the initiative was promoted across seven different geographic regions that correspond with KBC’s hub network: Dublin City (Grand Canal, Baggot Street, College Green, Dundrum, Swords, Stillorgan), Cork (Lapp’s Quay, Wilton), Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny, Waterford and the wider Leinster area (Maynooth, Naas and Greystones).

For more information on the initiative please visit: https://kbcbrightideas.com/