Innovative ideas benefitting local communities have been rewarded in the annual KBC Bright Ideas funding initiative.
To the fore in the nationwide contest was one Clonmacken woman who has received €7,500 to assist the development of a new “community hub” in the city centre.
Vicki Lynch, of the Central Buildings Community Project, applied through the programme for a community space with a coffee dock, meeting place, gallery, garden and artist studio, and was successful in winning the top local prize.
As a result of receiving the top prize in Limerick, Ms Lynch will have a chance to be crowned the country’s top innovator in the national KBC Bright Ideas finals.
Also joining the national stage, Jennifer Allen will represent Elemental Arts for her idea proposal to “animate Limerick” through the arts and culture in the city. Ms Allen received €2,000 for her application.
Competing in a pool of 40 idea generators from all across the country, the winner of the national final will take home €5,000.
In her application, Ms Lynch said she recognised the need for this community space after the Limerick City of Culture designation.
“This accessible, flexible, innovative space provides opportunities for people to meet, connect, share, create and work with each other and the wider community. It brings new life to a city centre building. Limerick, a designated intercultural city, needs places and spaces to explore what that means with each other. Not only across ethnicities but age groups, arts, business and community organisations, lifestyles and interests,” she explained.
She said in order to fully complete the community hub within the Central Building Community Project, a total of €18,950 must be raised.
Youth and community worker, Anna Lynch said that she will be helping out with “everyday events” with the public once the facilities are put in place.