How to Access Social Finance - A Step by Step Guide for Voluntary Groups

By now, I expect you are aware of us here at UCIT – a Community Organisation, providing loan finance to other communities across Ireland. Over 15 years, we've loaned over €50 million to groups like yours, in every province on the island. We have €70m more to lend via a Social Finance Fund. ( / )


Here’s a local example of a group who have already accessed this fund:


"Ablevision Ireland is a film production and media training company specifically for adults with intellectual disabilities. The funding from UCIT has allowed us to proceed with an exciting cross border film production …”   - Michael O'Dowd, Board Director, Ablevision (Drogheda)


If your group could do without needing to borrow, it would! However, despite fewer grants, and restricted access to bank finance, there remains the need to improve or develop community infrastructure.


We are hosting a session entitled How to Access Social Finance (A Step by Step Guide for Voluntary Groups)”. The event will cover all the basic elements of what an investor looks for when assessing funding applications. The session is low on jargo​n and assumes your group may never have had to access repayable finance before.


It will take place in Boardroom 3Ardee Business Park (1st block to right of entrance), Hale St., Ardee, Wednesday 21st January 2015 at 7.30pm. Please feel free to forward this information to others whom you believe may be interested. If you are interested, confirm attendance by either emailing or phoning 041-6858637 for information on or before the 19th January.