About the Community Spirit Awards

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.

Age Action Ireland with Niall Quinn

Age Action Ireland with Niall Quinn
Liffey Celtics Basketball Club with Niall Quinn

Liffey Celtics Basketball Club with Niall Quinn
Niall Quinn with members of Clondalkin Gymnastics

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.

Niall Quinn with members of Age Action Ireland, Diamond Twirlers Drimnagh, Liffey Celtic Basketballers Leixlip, Clondalkin Gymnastics and Bay City Boxing Kilbarrack.

Apply for this year’s Awards

The Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards is now open to applications.

To apply entrants must complete an application form, which includes a proposal with details about their organisation and the project which they wish to have funded. The application is then judged by an independent adjudicating panel. The winning entrants are invited to an awards ceremony where they receive details of their individual award. 

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
2. Sport 
3. People with Disabilities 
4. Older People 
5. Environment and Local Community 
6. Education e.g. alcohol, drugs, literacy or health

For more information on the Community Spirit Awards, please contact:
Dublin Bus Community Spirit Initiative
Media and Communications Department,
59 Upper O'Connell Street, 
Dublin 1.
Phone: (01) 703 3143
Email: community@dublinbus.ie

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm, Friday, 24 June 2016.

Last year’s winners

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.

 Just Ask

Just Ask 
 The Down Syndrome Centre

The Down Syndrome Centre 
Older Voices for Change
Older Voices for Change 
 Daisyhouse Housing Association

Daisyhouse Housing Association 
 Ballinteer Community School

Ballinteer Community School

Apply for Community Spirit Award