Dublin’s Grafton Quarter among the finalists announced for Bank of Ireland’s Begin Together Awards 2020

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Dublin’s Grafton Quarter is among the finalists announced for Bank of
Ireland’s Begin Together Awards 2020. This year, the awards recognise
business and community groups who have come together to support their
local area as they start to rebuild and recover from the impact of
COVID-19.

A total awards prize fund of over €200,000 is available to finalists
to help reboot local economies across the island of Ireland. 21 awards
are involved with the overall winner receiving €50,000 and the title
of Ireland’s ‘Most Enterprising Town’. There is also a prize of
€20,000 for the winner of the ‘Rising Star’ award.

Reflecting the new challenges that communities and businesses
currently face as a result of the pandemic three special
COVID-response awards have been introduced:

·        Local Town Promotion Initiative – A marketing or promotional
campaign designed to help kick-start the local economy.

·        Local Community Enterprise Initiative – A local enterprise
initiative established specifically to ease the impact of COVID-19, or
one that has repurposed itself during the pandemic.

·        Local Business and Community Response Initiative – A joint
initiative by local businesses and the community to manage the impact
of COVID-19 through lockdown and beyond as towns start to reopen.

The Grafton Quarter will be competing with towns from across the
island of Ireland. The judging panel will review all finalists in
September and the winners will be announced on Virgin Media TV’s
Ireland AM in early October.  The awards initiative this year is being
fast-tracked to provide funding to winning towns in October in order
to directly assist their COVID-19 recovery.

Commenting on the finalist announcement, Karen Cunningham, Head of
Bank of Ireland for Dublin City said:

“Congratulations to the Grafton Quarter on becoming a finalist in this
year’s Bank of Ireland Begin Together Awards. Through these awards we
are supporting businesses and communities across the island of Ireland
impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as they start to rebuild and get
back on their feet. We have seen that incredible and powerful things
can be achieved when communities, business groups and local
authorities come together to meet their own challenges and make their
own opportunities. I would like to wish the Grafton Quarter the very
best luck in the competition.”

The Begin Together Awards fund is part of wider €1 million Bank of
Ireland support for local enterprise and community groups this year.

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