Three Waterford groups, two based in the city and one in the west of the county have been included in National Irish Bank’s (NIB) latest round of Community Grants programme funding.

Ferrybank AFC, Manor Saint John Youth Services and Closnaomh Mochua Residents’ Association are among the groups that have received funding totalling €10,000 from NIB.

New Ross Community Voice and Church Hill National School in Cuffesgrange are among the other regional bodies to benefit from the programme.

“National Irish Bank is delighted to announce this allocation of funding of our Community Grants programme to South East based groups,” said Ciaran Mahon, NIB’s South East Regional Manager.

“All of the recipients provide fantastic services and support in our community. This programme gives us the opportunity to support those involved in local projects which will enhance the knowledge and skills within local communities.”

According to NIB, the programme aims to “support their local educational projects and projects that enhance the sharing of knowledge in the community”. Through this programme, NIB allocates €10,000 to voluntary projects and organisations through each of its five national regions.

Requests for grants (ranging from €500 to €5000) in the south east were reviewed by a steering panel (including author Sheila O’Flanagan and broadcasters Colm Murray and Brent Pope), who were supported Ciaran Mahon. This panel assessed each application and awarded funding to the successful projects.

Regarding the next round of community grants (which will run next April), application forms and brochures with full details of the programme are available in all NIB branches, and can be downloaded from