The Community Impact Fund has been developed through a partnership between Ulster Bank, The Community Foundation for Ireland and The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and is open to all non-profit, voluntary and community based organisations.

This year’s Fund is open for applications from Friday 25th of April until Friday 23rd of May. Applications to the Fund will be shortlisted by The Community Foundation for Ireland and assessed by the Community Impact Fund judging panel with successful applicants announced in September 2014.

Commenting on the announcement, Ulster Bank Chairman, Dr Phil Nolan, said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of our 2014 Community Impact Fund, it’s initiatives such as these that go a long way towards providing meaningful support right at the very heart of communities where it is needed most.”

The Fund provides a timely boost to community and voluntary groups by supporting local entrepreneurship, employability and providing financial education to communities at grassroots level.

In 2013, a total of €290,000 was awarded to 25 community-based organisations. Successful applicants from 2013 included Southside Partnership who received funding to provide ‘Steps to Success’ a women in business initiative and Galway Simon Community to provide a money management programme for service users.

Community groups can get further information on Fund Criteria and an application form at the CFI website by clicking here.