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The aim

At Ulster Bank we want to help build better communities for everyone.

To achieve that aim, we’re seeking projects that will enable people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability, or progress a business plan.

Young girl lends a hand building a wall

The Fund

In 2017 we’re making €175,000 available across the Republic of Ireland through our Skills & Opportunities Fund. A judging panel (with the help of a public vote) will determine the destination of Grants of up to €35,000. So, if you’re a not-for-profit organisation and have a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability or enterprise, then keep an eye out for our next application window.

€175,000, grants of up to €35,000

The process - There are four steps to applying for a grant:


Applications are submitted online. If you're interested in applying, please click here to find out how.


We'll then review the applications and publish a shortlist of projects being considered.


Those shortlisted projects will be put to a public vote and our judging panel will select the winners from each region.


The winners will receive the funding they need to support their projects.

Take a look at our previous winners

Walk Peer Programme - Bridging the gap

WALK PEER Programme

We support people with disabilities to live self-determined lives within socially inclusive communities through innovative programmes and partnerships.

North Leitrim Men's Group

North Leitrim Men's Group

We are the North Leitrim Men’s Group, aiming to improve the lives of economically and geographically isolated men through training, education and health initiatives. 

The Cottage Market - Together We Grow

GIY (Grow It Yourself)

The GIY Cottage Market is a fresh approach to supporting food enterprise by putting homegrown and homemade food back in the heart of communities.