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Ulster Bank Skills & Opportunities Fund: vote for good

Ulster Bank Skills and Opportunities Fund

Six projects from around Ireland have been shortlisted for the latest round of Ulster Bank Skills & Opportunities Fund – and Ulster Bank wants the public to help decide which ones should go on to receive grants out of a total pot of €108,000 this December.

From state-funded schools and colleges, to charities, social enterprises and community groups, each organisation is proposing to set up or extend a project that will give people in disadvantaged communities the skills and opportunities to help themselves succeed in life – whether that’s by gaining a qualification, getting into work or by starting a business.

Pauline McKiernan, Sustainability Manager at Ulster Bank explains more about the bank’s commitment to making a difference in our communities:

“We’ve helped 11 projects in the Republic of Ireland through the Skills and Opportunities Fund so far, having awarded over €200,000 in grants to date. It’s fantastic to see the impact of these projects, which are helping people to build new skills, get into work or start their own business. I’d encourage everyone to vote for their favourite local project and help us to help even more people and communities across the Ireland. It only takes 60 seconds to vote so go online now!”

The six new projects shortlisted in this round are:

  • Inner City Enterprise
  • Blossom Ireland
  • Grow it Yourself
  • Longford Women’s Link
  • Suas Educational Development
  • Tipperary Rural Travellers Project

To find out more about these projects members of the public can go to and vote for their favourite until Friday 4th November. Join the conversation and invite others to back their favourite by using #skillsandopportunities on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.