Roscommon Women’s Network was announced as one of three winners of the first round of the 2017 Ulster Banks Skills and Opportunities Fund. The community group will receive €12,500 to develop a programme for women who want to start their own business.
This initiative will give women the opportunity to build their skills and confidence to help them start, and run, their own business. It will provide a wide range of programmes including networking opportunities, one to one mentoring, training and workshops in the areas of goal setting, planning and finance.
Reacting to the announcement, Nora Fahy, Project Coordinator, Roscommon Women’s Network, said: “This funding is really important to our organisation and our community. We are really pleased to be able to expand our programme and to reach and support more women who want to start their own business.
“By giving women practical skills through training, workshops and networking, this funding will provide real and long-term benefit to women in Roscommon and surrounding areas.”
Pauline McKiernan, Sustainability Manager at Ulster Bank said: “Providing help for what matters is at the heart of what we do at Ulster Bank. The Skills and Opportunities Fund gives us the opportunity to help community projects make a real impact in their local areas. We are delighted to be able to support the groups receiving funding this round, and help them make a real difference to the communities they serve.”
The other two winners in this year’s first round were Youth Work Ireland, Co. Monaghan and Southside Partnership, Dublin. More information on the projects being funded and information on how to apply for the next round of funding is available at www.skillsandopportunitiesfund.ulsterbank.com/.