KBC extends deadline for €100,000 Bright Ideas funding


Community projects are asking for help to improve physical and mental wellbeing, civic spaces, online safety and youth initiatives.

KBC Bank has announced that there are just over three weeks left for community groups to apply for funding through its Bright Ideas programme after the deadline for applications was extended. A total fund of €100,000 is available for creative projects that can demonstrate tangible ways to transform, improve or rejuvenate any aspect of Irish community life. With enquiries still pouring in, KBC is giving community projects until 31st May 2015 to get their applications in.

The applications submitted to date show that community groups are asking for help to fund projects that can help improve physical and mental wellbeing, create better civic spaces, protect people online and provide for youth initiatives. KBC is seeing a trend across the following four aspects of community life:

1. Bright Lives: From companionship for the elderly to arts groups and mental health initiatives, these projects are working to make a difference to the mental and physical wellbeing of communities.

2. Bright Spaces: From regeneration projects to sports grounds and civic spaces, physical improvements to our immediate environment that can benefit the entire community.

3. Bright Technology: With ideas for apps, technology support for the elderly, kids and parents, there is a clear desire to create a safer online community.

4. Bright Youth: Through music and song, sport and drama, these projects are using the arts to create vibrant communities that reach out to younger members in particular.

With just over three weeks to go, KBC is encouraging community leaders who have an innovative idea or progressive project to get in touch and be in with a chance of securing funding, with multiple winners to be selected across the country. In addition, ten winners will be selected by KBC’s judging panel to enter a public vote for Ireland’s ‘Brightest Idea’, with an additional €5,000 funding reserved for the overall winning project.

Aidan Power, Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, KBC Bank Ireland, said: “There’s been a great response to Bright Ideas from community groups right across the country, so much so that KBC has decided to give projects a little more time to get their applications in. So whether you’re looking to get a brand new idea off the ground or advance an existing project, Bright Ideas is a fantastic way to help innovative community projects come to life. The clock is ticking until the closing date of 31st May. It’s the last chance for projects to get in touch, let us know how KBC can help you create a better community in your locality.” 

Applications to KBC’s Bright Ideas can be submitted through the bank’s easy to use online portal at www.kbcbrightideas.com. Applications for 2015 are welcome until 31st May 2015 from innovative community projects based anywhere in the Republic of Ireland. 

To learn more about last year’s winners and how Bright Ideas has helped local community groups and their projects visit www.kbcbrightideas.com