KBC Bank Ireland Launches New Community Support Initiative


KBC’s Bright Ideas for Better Communities.

KBC Bank Ireland has launched the inaugural ‘KBC Bright Ideas’ community initiative, a scheme that allows local communities to source funding for innovative projects.  KBC Bright Ideas is aimed at individuals and organisations located in KBC’s hub cities of Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Cork who want to transform, improve or revolutionise their communities through creative ideas. 

Bright Ideas offers the opportunity to apply for funding for innovative projects from an overall pool of €20,000 per KBC hub. Entries are accepted through an online application form that requires entrants to submit their innovative ideas, explain why the idea would transform their community and describe how the money will be invested. 

Applications are provided to a panel of local judges in each of the local KBC hubs. The judging panel will review the application and award an allocation of funding to deserving projects. Ideas must be for innovative projects that will help transform a local community.

Commenting on the new Bright Ideas initiative, Wim Verbraeken, CEO, KBC Bank Ireland said: “As KBC continues to expand our retail presence in locations across the country, we are positioned at the heart of our local communities. KBC Bright Ideas is an initiative which will help to transform and improve local communities by providing much needed funding for worthwhile, innovative projects. Bright Ideas is aimed at people or organisations doing something different, creative and fresh. As the ‘Bank of You’, we want to hear from people who are really pushing the boundaries and thinking outside the box in terms of their concepts.”

Applications for the awards can be submitted online through www.kbc.ie/brightideas. The closing date for applications is 31st April 2014.

Hannah Corcoran, age 7 and Alex Corcoran Age 3 ¾  from Drumcondra, Dublin and KBC Hub Managers David Murphy and Breda Gormally launch the KBC Bright Ideas Community Programme as new Hub opens in Grand Canal Plaza Dublin