IPB Insurance is committed to ensuring that this funding is accessible to grassroot organisations aiming to bring real enhancements to local communities. A further €1 million has been allocated for 2016. The purpose of this year’s fund is once again to support projects rooted in the local area, led by local people and to improve the quality of life for those living in their community. It is aimed at empowering local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities, and will support activities that contribute to local community priorities. Your Group must be a voluntary, community, not-for-profit, charitable organisation that operates at a local level within the Republic of Ireland. Cross-border projects may be supported; however, the lead applicant will be required to reside in one of the 26 counties. The project should not commence before we confirm the funding award as we will not make payments retrospectively (i.e. costs already incurred). Only one application per organisation operating at a local level may be submitted. Download the Guidelines and more information here Opening date: 04 April 2016 Closing date: 25 April 2016 @ 5pm GMT