Cash grants for local companies and groups available this month

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The RISE Community Fund supported by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) has reminded small businesses, farms, community groups and social enterprises that they can apply for grants throughout February.

Established by NBI Chairman and technology entrepreneur, David McCourt, RISE aims to empower people’s plans to use technology.

Up to five grants of €1,000 will be available this month to successful applicants across the county.

David McCourt called on small businesses, farms, schools, social enterprises, community groups and Broadband Connection Points in Galway to “submit their plans to use technology in creative and entrepreneurial ways to deliver maximum impact.”

“We know there are some amazing people doing extraordinary things to bring value to their local communities, and we’re hoping to accelerate and scale their ambitions with the support of these grants.”

Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit for entry forms and guidelines.

Peter Hendrick, CEO of NBI, added: “At NBI, we’re on a mission to connect over 1.1 million people in rural Ireland who don’t have access to high-speed broadband to a world-class, superfast network.

“Whilst connectivity is a vital utility and a critical first step, it alone can’t solve all of the challenges for businesses, farms, community groups and social enterprises trying to expand the positive impact they’re able to have – both to the local community, and to the wider economy.

“That’s why we’re incredibly excited to engage local communities with the RISE Community Fund and celebrate innovative uses of technology across Galway.”

Applications for the cash grants close on 28 February 2023.

 “The application process has been made incredibly quick and easy, and successful applicants will be notified by early March, with money following in quick succession. We can’t wait to see the entrepreneurial ideas from Galway,” added Orla O’Malley, Programme Director at RISE.