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Galway Rural Development - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ulster Bank Skills and Opportunities Fund

 “In Ireland, we welcome applications for funding for grants of varying sizes. While larger grants are available, we particularly welcome applications for smaller grants ranging from £1,000/€1,400 and upwards to support smaller-scale projects. We want to fund projects that support enterprise, helping people investigate self-employment and start their own business as well as projects that support financial capability and education, or financial inclusion amongst disadvantaged groups. We will also fund projects which provide people with educational opportunities and employment skills support. We are particularly interested in initiatives that provide an opportunity for our staff to be involved, either through volunteering, sharing our business skills or mentoring.”

Ulster Bank & The Royal Bank of Scotland  fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland.

The deadline for the 2nd round of this fund of €2.5 m is 9th September 2016.  The focus for this funding is to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves; skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. Grants are up to €35,000 and applications have to fit the regional priority so get details from their website

Welcome to the Galway Rural Development website. Galway Rural Development, through the programmes we administer, will continue to work along with other agencies, groups and individuals around the county to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our area. We especially wish to work with those who are most in need of assistance, to provide real opportunities for people to gain significant improvements for themselves and their communities throughout rural Galway.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.