The aim

At Ulster Bank we wanted to help build better communities for everyone. To achieve that aim, we funded projects that 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.

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The Fund

Over the past four years we’ve provided nearly €500,000 of funding across the Republic of Ireland through our Skills & Opportunities Fund and have helped 27 organisations. The regional board (with the help of a public vote) determines the destination of grants of up to €35,000. This is the last year of the fund so make sure to vote for your favourite organisation when the voting opens on 26 October.


Read all about our winners

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. 


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.

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.