Take a closer look at some of the amazing voluntary groups and projects that have benefitted from our awards.

Community Spirit Awards

Every year, Dublin Bus presents the Community Spirit Awards. We take unclaimed change from bus fares, and use it to support amazing projects and initiatives across the network.

From youth groups to activities for older people, whether they’re trying to help people excel at sport, or helping people back to their feet… we’re always amazed by the tireless effort and dedication from volunteers in every community.

So if you know a voluntary group based anywhere served by Dublin Bus, tell them to apply!

This year's winners

€5k

  • Ballinteer Community School
  • Daisyhouse Housing Association
  • Just ASK
  • Older Voices for Change
  • The Down Syndrome Centre

€2k

  • St. Brendan's Juvenile GAA Club
  • Youth Empowerment Service
  • Our Lady of Consolation National School Fundraising Committee
  • Sports Across Ireland
  • Serve the City Ireland Ltd.
  • Walkinstown Green Social Enterprises Ltd.
  • Canal Communities Training Programme (TURAS)
  • Monkstown Boxing Club
  • Celbridge Athletic Club
  • St. Anthony's F.C.
  • Maryfield Ladies Club
  • World Malayalee Council (Ireland Province)
  • TravAct
  • Malahide Basketball Club
  • Africa Irish Development Initiative Ltd.
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€1k

  • Darndale / Belcamp Park Renewal Project
  • Howth Guide Unit, Irish Girl Guides
  • Scoil Chaitríona Cailíní
  • Active IT Society
  • Innovista Ireland
  • Aosóg
  • Eritrean Community Network Ireland
  • National College of Ireland, Early Learning Initiative
  • Northside Reading Workshop
  • Oxmantown Community Garden
  • Phibsboro Community Games
  • The Fillies Older Women's Group
  • The Post Polio Support Group
  • Action Aid Ireland
  • Dublin 7 Integration Initiative
  • Smashing Times Theatre Company
  • Portrane Hockey Club
  • Rush 38th Scout group
  • Fáilte Isteach
  • Clondalkin Localise
  • North Clondalkin Tidy Towns 
  • Palmerstown Pink Ladies
  • Tolka Area Partnership
  • Poppintree Youth Project
  • Moreen Blackthorn Network
  • ADAPT Community Drugs Team Ltd.
  • Little Devils Parent & Toddler Group
  • Rialto Day Care Centre
  • St. Damian's N.S.
  • Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support
  • Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre
  • Whitechurch F.C.
  • 92.5 Phoenix FM
  • Kidz Zone Crèche
  • Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Outreach Project
  • Greystones Family Resource Centre
  • St. Columban's S.Y.C.
  • Gay Switchboard Ireland
  • Holy Family Senior National School
  • St. Laurence O'Toole's Junior Boys School
  • St. Joseph's Y.C.
  • St. Catherine's Keep Fit
  • Fairplay Badminton Club
  • Cambridge Boys F.C.
  • Transport Museum Society Ireland Ltd.
  • C.A.B.S.
  • Music Parents Association
  • Active Age Group
  • Virgin Mary Community Garden Club
  • Radhairc Ceilteach 
  • Ongar Chasers Basketball Club
  • Down to Earth Community Arts
  • Ronanstown Community Childcare
  • Ladies Social Group
  • Balbriggan Dyslexia Workshop
  • Titans Swimming Club
  • 87th Dublin Polish Scout Group
  • Meningitis Research Foundation
  • North East Central Community Garden
  • Beggsboro A.F.C.
  • Phoenix F.C.
  • Tyrrelstown Educate Together N.S.
  • European Network Against Racism Ireland
  • Peamount United F.C.
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Winners' stories

The Down Syndrome Centre

Older Voices for Change

Greenview Community Garden

World Malayalee Council

St. Anthony's Football Club

Scoil Chaitríona Cailíní

Kidz Zone Crèche

Poppintree Youth Project

Phibsboro Community Games

Northside Reading Workshop

Ongar Chasers Basketball Club

Maryfield Ladies Club

Ballinteer Community School

Daisyhouse Housing Association

Just ASK

Malahide Basketball Club

Celbridge Athletic Club

The Down Syndrome Centre

The Down Syndrome Centre was set up to provide services to people with Down syndrome, and support to their families and carers. Their mission is to see children reach their full potential. The funding will go towards an Occupational Therapy Room, which will play a crucial role in the development of key life skills.

Older Voices for Change

Older Voices for Change is a local advocacy group for older people from the areas of Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Lucan and Newcastle in South Dublin. They shine a light on issues affecting older people in the community and take action for change. The group will use their grant to record and analyse the care experience of older people in the locality, and raise concerns to help improve current services.

Greenview Community Garden

The Greenview Community Garden shows the power of a united community. The residents group took a piece of wasteland and turned it into a sustainable community garden. With 54 allotments, an outdoor classroom and a shared polytunnel: the garden has been a huge resource for young and old. The funding will be used to build composting and rainwater facilities, plus a seating area.

World Malayalee Council

The World Malayalee Council of Ireland (WMC) helps people from the south of India meet with fellow emigrants. There are more than 5000 Malayalee families in Ireland and the WMC has been working closely with this community since it was set up in 2009. The grant will be used to organise a festival showcasing Indian culture and heritage, with this year’s celebration set to become an international festival.

St. Anthony's Football Club

St. Anthony's F.C. is a community soccer club based in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow. The club currently has a membership of 180 children. They’ve recently added a senior team to their growing club, meaning the club badly needs to develop their training facilities to cater for everyone. The CSA funding will be used to resurface their training areas, and install lighting so that their teams can train during winter months.

Scoil Chaitríona Cailíní

The Coolock school has been competing in Cumann na mBunscol for many years now. The funding will go to bringing specialised athletic coaching to help students compete at a higher level, along with new running kits to inspire confidence within the team.

Kidz Zone Crèche

Kidz Zone Crèche is a community-based, voluntary run preschool in the Mulhuddart Community Centre. Much of the funding they receive goes toward the daily running cost of the crèche and pre-school. Receiving a Community Spirit Award means they will be able to provide better toys and educational equipment to suit all nationalities.

Poppintree Youth Project

Poppintree Youth Project is a community managed youth group which has been supporting the personal, social and analytical development of young people within the Poppintree area of Ballymun since 2007. This initiative will engage 200 young people, and funding will be used to encourage them to visit their city and explore the wide range of healthy activities open to them.

Phibsboro Community Games

The Phibsboro Community Games was set up to give young people an outlet through sport. Their aim is to encourage youth in the area to get fit and active, while also fostering a strong community spirit. The funding will allow the group to enter the athletics category in the 2015 National Community Games, and to expand into other sports over the coming years.

Northside Reading Workshop

The Northside Reading Workshop was set up to help children diagnosed with dyslexia. Serving all Northside communities, weekly classes are held in Gardiner Street National School for around 50 children. The grant will be used to introduce tablet technology, engaging each class with innovative ways to develop vital skills.

Ongar Chasers Basketball Club

Ongar Chasers Basketball Club was set up to cater for a multi-ethnic community and the many young families within the area. The club aims to provide an opportunity for social integration, reduce anti-social behaviour and provide a greater sense of pride in the area. Funding will be used to purchase new equipment and sports kits for the club.

Maryfield Ladies Club

Based in Artane, Maryfield Ladies Club offers older women lots of ways to stay socially active. The group will use the grant to arrange a health and fitness class for its members. That way women in the area will be able to keep fit and healthy in a comfortable environment; boosting their quality of life.

Ballinteer Community School

Working to promote positive mental health and well being, Ballinteer Community School is using the award to run the “Chin Up” initiative. Students, teachers and parents will be equipped with the knowledge to identify signs of mental health difficulties through a series of workshops and training modules.

Daisyhouse Housing Association

Operating for over 26 years, Daisyhouse provides supported temporary accommodation for women affected by homelessness. The charity also helps individuals recover from the trauma of their experiences. Funding will give residents access to a gym; helping them keep fit, healthy and empower them to move forward in their lives.

Just ASK

Supporting children and families in the North West inner city, Just ASK helps primary and secondary school students who struggle to find space to do homework. The group also provide homework assistance and structured after school activities. The award will help the group cover rent of their centre and provide healthy meals to children attending.

Malahide Basketball Club

Founded in 1977, the Malahide Basketball Team has grown to become an important part of the community. The club has two senior ladies teams, two senior men’s teams, and junior teams from under 10's to under 18's. Funding from the Community Spirit Awards will be used to ensure every team has the equipment they need to be competitive.

Celbridge Athletic Club

Former athlete Eamonn O'Keefe set up Celbridge Athletic Club to provide some much needed coaching for the area. Since 1992, the club has grown to now include over 140 members. Winning the grant means the club can resurface the cross-country track, and carry out necessary work to prevent flooding.