Funding for Kilkenny projects including wheelchair-accessible playground ride

Clogh/Moneenroe project secures funding, as does specially-designed bike for older adults

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KBC funding

Clogh-Moneenroe plans to provide a play space that is accessible to children of all abilities

A wheelchair-accessible playground ride for one north Kilkenny village, and a special bicycle to allow older people to experience again the joy of cycling are just two of the projects that have received funding under this year's KBC Bright Ideas programme.

KBC Bank Ireland today announced the winners of their Bright Ideas community support initiative. The programme has returned for a fourth year to support individuals and organisations which are transforming and improving the lives of others in their locality. KBC called on community groups across the country to apply for financial support for their dream projects from a fund of €100,000.

After initially receiving funding from KBC, Clogh/Moneenroe Community Playground gathered enough online public votes to be able to secure an additional prize fund of €5,000 to bringing their total amount of funding from KBC up to €6,250. The much-needed funding will be put towards the installation of a wheelchair accessible roundabout as part of their community playground which will aid plans to provide a play space that is accessible to children of all abilities.

Other recipients of the KBC funding included the Clongowen-based initiative 'Cycling Without Age, Wind in Their Hair', who received €1,750 of funding. It provides an opportunity for older adults who have lost independence to experience wind in their hair through the medium of cycling. In a specially designed bike, they will be piloted to areas in which they have lived, loved, grown up and worked, prior to becoming less independent.

Other recipients of KBC funding include:

Taekwondo for all: based in Springfields, the initiative received €500 of funding which will be put towards funding the development of a syllabus to include Taekwondo in Primary and secondary PE programs;

And the 'Shed': Located in Dunamaggan, the Shed received €500 of funding that will be used to to purchase an electric Log Splitter and a Kindling Machine which they will use to turn waste wood and old pallets into firewood and kindling.

“Bright Ideas has been so successful to date and has seen business and community groups directly benefiting from KBC funding annually," said Aidan Power, KBC Bank Ireland.

"Being able to provide resources to incredible business and community initiatives like the Clogh/Moneenroe Playground in Kilkenny that can only help ensure the future and sustainability of much needed schemes that can sometimes get overlooked.”

 In addition to the Community Bright Ideas, this year KBC introduced Business Bright Ideas, a specific fund of a further €100,000 set up to directly assist for-profit organisations who are having a positive impact on a city or community by addressing a particular social need.

This years combined community and business bright ideas initiatives has seen over €39,500 of funding going to programmes in Kilkenny.