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 to develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability skills or to start or develop a new business now or in the future.

Young girl lends a hand building a wall

The Fund

In 2018 we’re making €175,000 available across the Republic of Ireland through our Skills & Opportunities Fund. The regional board (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 regional boards will each select the winners for their region.


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

Take a look at our winners


An Cosán

An Cosán are one of the largest community education projects in Ireland, providing innovative adult education programmes from Levels 1-8 of the NFQ, nationally. Their Finance Admin and Tech programme gives disadvantaged community members the opportunity to engage in a free, 18-month accredited financial administration and technology programme.


Centre for Environmental Living & Training

The Centre for Environmental Living and Training (CELT) provides training, education and awareness-raising in traditional and ecological skills, environmental issues, wildlife surveys, nature trail development, native tree nursery, agroforestry and sustainable woodland management.


Walkinstown Greenhills Resource Centre

Walkinstown Greenhills Resource Centre is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation, which look after the mental health needs of their community through a range of therapeutic supportive interventions for children and families.