Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards

Members News - Jun 06, 2017

Applications for this year’s Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards are now open. Voluntary or community groups located within the Dublin Bus network are encouraged 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.

Since 2003, 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 Awards.  The Awards help to support the development of new projects, grow services and help raise community spirit by providing grants in the sums of €5,000, €2,000 and €1,000. To date, almost 1,800 groups have received funding from Dublin Bus which has helped many worthwhile causes in communities across the GDA.

There were 85 recipients in 2016 drawn from a wide variety of groups. These include:

  • ARTzheimer’s which brings the topic of Alzheimer’s disease into a classroom setting through art;
  • Tree of Hope that plants trees in communities as a symbol of hope to all affected by a suicide or living with mental health issues;
  • Inner City Enterprise – ICE which helps the unemployed in Dublin’s inner city to establish their own businesses or create their own self-employment opportunities;
  • Family Carers Ireland which provides respite for young carers;
  • Irish Men’s Sheds Association with various locations around Dublin brings a new way for men to meet and talk about health and wellbeing;
  • Irish Guide Dogs For the Blind Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping persons who are blind or vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence; and
  • Esker Celtic Football Club which runs a frame football programme for children who use frames as their means of mobility.

In particular, Dublin Bus is seeking to support groups delivering positive social impact in the following areas:

  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

The closing date for applications is 17.00, Friday, 23 June 2017. Groups can apply by completing a simple application form at www.dublinbus.ie


Forms are also available from:

Dublin Bus Community Spirit Initiative,

Media and Communications Department,

59 Upper O’Connell Street,

Dublin 1.

Phone: (01) 703 3143

Email: community@dublinbus.ie


As the largest public transport provider in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), Dublin Bus plays an integral part in the various communities that make up our customer base. It is important to Dublin Bus that we contribute to the communities in which we operate. Since the company’s inception in 1987, a number of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives have been undertaken for this purpose which have helped us to drive Dublin life forward by supporting, improving and enhancing the lives of the people and the communities that we proudly serve.

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