IPB has been active in the area of corporate social engagement since 2012, providing investment in communities to play our part in building a better Ireland. As a mutual whose Members serve their communities we are committed to playing our part in building a better Ireland.
In support of our local authority members and their communities to deliver on an extensive programme of local events, IPB established a partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, to provide combined funding of €3m to help mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. This support was to ensure the maximum level of participation and engagement across all sectors of the community in this once-in-a-century moment in Ireland’s history.
The IPB Pride of Place awards are held annually with over 100 communities across the island of Ireland recognised for their voluntary efforts in making their communities a better place and IPB continues to be the key sponsor of this important community event. Communities are nominated by their respective local authorities and entered into the competition, with Pride of Place judges visiting every nominated community to adjudicate their projects.
Since 2006, IPB and DCU have been working in partnership following the establishment of the IPB Insurance Access Scholarship initiative. The DCU access programme which is now the largest and most successful programme of its kind in Ireland aims to develop positive attitudes to education and help young people to remain at school, to encourage more students to consider third level education as a viable option for them and to support those students who do make it to third level to complete their course of study. In 2014, we continued our commitment to the scholarship programme and established a partnership with LIT, the first of its kind which promotes equitable access to and successful participation in higher education, supporting in particulate some of our Education and Training Board Members' schools.
Committed to protecting our Members and their communities, we have made funding available to grassroots groups and organisations that are at heart of every community. Since 2014, funding of circa €3m has been provided to over 400+ projects across Ireland, empowering local people to create lasting change in their communities and to support the continuation of volunteerism and local community support.