€1,000 grant scheme now open for Tipperary companies and community groups

RISE Community Fund supported by National Broadband Ireland will empower the digital strategies of businesses, farms, community groups and social enterprises across Tipperary

 

€1,000 grant scheme now open for Tipperary companies and community groups

David McCourt, National Broadband Ireland Chairman; Alexandra McCourt, RISE Global Foundation; Orla O’Malley, RISE Global Foundation; Peter Hendrick, National Broadband Ireland CEO

The RISE Community Fund supported by National Broadband Ireland, the company delivering the National Broadband Plan (NBP), has announced that applications for its grants to small businesses, farms, community groups and social enterprises are now open in Tipperary.

 

Established by National Broadband Ireland Chairman and technology entrepreneur, David McCourt, RISE is providing monthly grants across the country to give an immediate cash injection into local communities seeking to boost their digital ecosystems.

 

Following the route of National Broadband Ireland’s deployment of its new high-speed fibre broadband network, Tipperary will be amongst some of the first locations to benefit from the RISE Community Fund after it was launched earlier this year. Up to five grants of €1000 will be available in November to successful applicants across the county.

 

David McCourt, founder of RISE and Chairman of National Broadband Ireland, commented: “The RISE Community Fund supported by National Broadband Ireland is calling on small businesses, farms, community groups and social enterprises in Tipperary 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.”

 

Small businesses, farms, community groups and social enterprises with plans to use technology to scale their operations and bring tangible benefits to their local communities are encouraged to visit www.riseglobalfoundation.com for entry forms and guidelines.

 

Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland, added: “At National Broadband Ireland, 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 Tipperary.”

 

Applications for the cash grants open on 1st November 2022 and close on 30th November 2022. “The application process has been made incredibly quick and easy, and successful applicants will be notified by early December, with money following in quick succession. We can’t wait to see the entrepreneurial ideas from Tipperary,” said Orla O’Malley, Programme Director at RISE.

 

 

 

About the RISE Community Fund

The RISE Community Fund is a partnership between National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering Ireland’s National Broadband Plan, and RISE Global Foundation, a privately funded charity. With a shared vision, NBI and RISE are collaborating to tackle the rural/urban digital divide and use technology and entrepreneurship to create opportunities and jobs in rural Ireland.

 

All grants provided by the RISE Community Fund are privately funded by NBI shareholders and private donations. No State funding is used in the provision of grant funding used by RISE Global Foundation.

 

www.riseglobalfoundation.com

 

About NBI
National Broadband Ireland (NBI) is designing, building and operating the new high-speed fibre broadband network for rural Ireland on behalf of the Irish Government.

NBI’s team brings together some of the most talented individuals in Ireland and across the world, with deep knowledge and experience in delivering projects to the scale of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). This includes developing, building and operating networks and coordinating all the elements required to finance and deliver a project of the size and complexity of Ireland’s NBP.

NBI was established by Granahan McCourt, an international investor in technology, media and telecommunications. For over 30 years, Granahan McCourt has partnered with governments, corporations and communities to connect people through innovation in technologically underserved areas of the world.

www.nbi.ie

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