Minister of State, Alan Kelly helps Dublin Bus Award Grants to Over 100 Charities and Voluntary Groups

Published on Thursday, September 22, 2011

Today, Thursday 22nd September 2011, Dublin Bus awarded over 100 charities and community groups, in the Greater Dublin Area, grants ranging from €1,000 to €5,000 under its Community Support Programme. A special recognition ceremony held in Croke Park was hosted by RTÉ Personality Mary Kennedy with special guests, Minister of State with responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly and Chairman of Sunderland F.C. Niall Quinn who honoured the shortlisted groups for all their hard work and their valuable contribution to their local communities.

Now in its eighth year, the event saw a wide variety of charities in the Greater Dublin Area receive funding under the scheme including a Glenageary GAA club, a youth marching band from Swords and gospel choir in Dublin 1. To date over 1,100 various local community groups and charities have benefited from this initiative through grants.

Speaking at the event, Minister Kelly paid tribute to all of this year’s winners stating, “I am truly delighted to support the Dublin Bus Community Support Programme. Those who are being honoured today deserve the highest praise for the work they have done for their community which often goes unrecognised. They are the real heroes of Ireland and I sincerely hope that we always maintain a very strong community spirit and togetherness in our urban communities. This programme can help foster this.”

As part of the ceremony, Minister Kelly made a presentation to 10 community groups who were awarded grants of €5,000. This year’s recipients of €5,000 including Dean Clinic, Capel Street, The Sunshine Fund, Lefroy House (The Salvation Army), St. Thomas’ Community Garden, Jobstown, Palmerstown Boxing Club, Larkhill Karate Club, Blanchardstown Centre for Independent Living, Growing Together, Stillorgan, Balbriggan Youth Service – Forógie and Dublin 8  Community Education Centre. In addition to this, over 90 other charities also received grants of €2,000 or €1,000.

Commenting on the award winners, Chairman of Sunderland F.C. and Patron of the Community Support Programme, Niall Quinn, said, “It is evident from the winning groups present here today that the recession has not dampened Dublin’s tradition of community spirit. I have been involved with the Dublin Bus CSP programme as its patron since it began, over eight years ago, and I have seen first hand the difference these grants can make to local community groups whose work, though so important, often goes unnoticed. I want to congratulate all the grant recipients and commend them on all their hard work. This day is for you, you deserve it.”

Under the terms of the programme entrants submit a proposal with details about their organisation and the project they wish to have funded. Each application is then judged independently and grants ranging from €5,000, €2,000 and €1,000 are awarded.  



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