Tuesday, April 07, 2020


Do you have an idea for a community-based project, but need funding to get started?

Intel Ireland has launched its latest Pride of Place competition to support projects in the communities that neighbour their main campus in North Kildare.

They are offering to support and fund a number of community-based projects up to the value of €5,000 each and they want to hear ideas that can help improve your organisation, while also benefitting your local community.

Your idea could be anything from setting up a youth café that benefits the community, to restoring an old building in your town and converting it to a new meeting space for community groups. Perhaps you could add a new feature to your town to drive tourism in the area or pass on a skill from one generation to another? It could be an idea making use of technology to make your community more “smart,” developing apps to show traffic flow, for example. If your idea could benefit the community, we want to know about it.

Previous winners include;
– Leixlip scouts, who used their Pride of Place funding to build a traversing wall
– Scoil Mhuire and Scoil Bhride who transformed wasteland between the schools to a fabulous shared garden with their prize money
– San Carlo Junior School who added a sensory garden to their playground with their pride of place funding
– Scoil Naomh Brid who used their funding to considerably expand their library
– Leixlip Tidy Towns association who used the funding to install seats and picnic benches along the Rye River Walk

About the competition
The Pride of Place competition is about enriching the lives of people in our neighbouring communities of Leixlip, Celbridge and Maynooth; by supporting projects that improve local organisations while also benefitting the wider community. Organisations from the eligible areas are invited to submit an idea for a community project.

The organisation will be asked to share their idea, explain how it will enrich the lives of people in the community and why it deserves funding. Applications will be judged by a panel of judges comprised of business professionals and community representatives. The competition is open to any non-profit/non-government organisation or school in the Leixlip, Celbridge and Maynooth area that can help improve their community and implement the project within a 12 month period.

To find out more and to complete an online application form please visit www.intel.ie/pop.

The deadline for competition submissions is Saturday 2 May 2020. Winners will be announced in June.


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