Since 2004, Dublin Bus has been using long-term unclaimed passenger change to support grassroots voluntary and community groups across the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) through the Community Spirit Awards.
The Community Spirit Awards help to support the development of new projects, grow services and help raise community spirit in the local community. The programme was initiated to recognise and support the invaluable work undertaken each day by local groups located within the Dublin Bus network. Ex-international footballer, Niall Quinn has been patron of the initiative since its inception.
To date over 1,500 groups have received funding from Dublin Bus which has helped many worthwhile causes in communities across the GDA.
Any group that is located within the Dublin Bus network can apply for funding. The network extends as far as Newcastle Co. Wicklow, Balbriggan in north County Dublin, Dunboyne in County Meath and Maynooth in Co. Kildare.
Voluntary groups who work in the following areas can apply to the Community Spirit Awards:
1. Children and Youth
3. People with Disabilities
4. Older People
5. Environment and Local Community
6. Education e.g. alcohol, drugs, literacy or health
Each application is judged independently and successful groups will be awarded grants of €5,000, €2,000 or €1,000.
The closing date for applications for the 2016 programme was 24 June.
Successful applicants will be notified by Dublin Bus from 22 July onwards.
For more information on the Community Spirit Awards, please contact:
Dublin Bus Community Spirit Initiative
Media and Communications Department,
59 Upper O'Connell Street,
Phone: (01) 703 3143
Age Action Ireland with Niall Quinn
Liffey Celtics Basketball Club with Niall Quinn
Niall Quinn with members of Clondalkin Gymnastics
Niall Quinn with members of Age Action Ireland, Diamond Twirlers Drimnagh, Liffey Celtic Basketballers Leixlip, Clondalkin Gymnastics and Bay City Boxing Kilbarrack.
Last year 84 community and voluntary groups across the Greater Dublin Area were awarded Grants under the Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards 2015.
The grants are funded from long-term unclaimed passenger change and are awarded in the amounts of €5,000, €2,000 and €1,000.
To learn how the programme has supported voluntary groups across Dublin please see last year’s winners.