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KBC Bright Ideas Programme

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KBC Bank Ireland announced that there are just under two weeks left for community groups to apply for funding through its Bright Ideas programme after the deadline for applications was extended to 30th June 2017. This year KBC has doubled its KBC Bright Ideas support fund to €200,000 and launched a new scheme for Ireland’s leading social innovators and entrepreneurs. KBC is calling on community groups across the country to apply for financial support for their dream projects from a second fund of €100,000. In addition, ten winners will be selected by KBC’s judging panel to enter a public vote for Ireland’s ‘Brightest Idea’, with an additional €5,000 funding reserved for the overall winning project. More than 400 community projects applied to KBC’s Bright Ideas for funding last year. The applications submitted to date show that community and business groups are asking for help to fund projects that can improve social inclusiveness, assist farmers through technology, improve financial literacy and make accessible travel easy. Applications to KBC’s Bright Ideas can be submitted through the bank’s easy to use online portal at www.kbcbrightideas.com. Applications for 2017 are welcome until 30th June 2017 from innovative community and business projects based anywhere in the Republic of Ireland.
To learn more about the applications submitted to this year’s programme and to find out more about previous winners log on to www.kbcbrightideas.com.