Intel employees receive seed grants to support local community projects
The Intel Foundation has a special Seed Grant program that helps employees with funding to bring community projects to life. Employees are invited each year to apply for the grants which can be used to support projects in their local area that have a benefit to the wider community. Two Intel Ireland employees recently had their project ideas selected to receive a seed grant. Each project will receive $10,000 from the Intel Foundation.
Kildalkey hurling, camogie and football club, Co. Meath
Intel employee Dunny Colhoun, Dielectrics Area Manager in Fab 24, explains how his local organisation, Kildalkey hurling, camogie and football club, were recently awarded a Seed Grant to support a new project.
“Kildalkey is a rural village in south county Meath from where many employees make the 35-minute daily commute to work in our Intel Leixlip campus. Process Engineering, Production, Corporate Services, Product Engineering and Planning are just some of the many Intel Departments that we support from the village.
Intel employees based in Kildalkey have a long history of volunteering within their community – especially with the local Primary School and local GAA club. Both Kildalkey organisations have been recipients of Intel Involved grants over the last ten years which have been used to support educational and recreational programs.
At the end of last year, a submission was made for an Intel Matching Seed Grant to support a community walkway project within the grounds of the Kildalkey Hurling club. The project goal is to create a 500metre walking route where all community residents can exercise daily, throughout the year, in a safe, traffic-free environment. Local Intel employees will then volunteer their time and skills throughout the project as part of the Intel Involved Matching program.
We were delighted to be notified recently that our application for a Seed Grant was approved. Providing the good news to our local community members in these challenging times has been one of the highlights of Winter ‘20/21!
We’re looking forward to completing this project with our club members and having a great amenity for all community residents to use for years to come. A huge ‘Thank-you’ to the Intel Involved Seed Grant Program!”
Clane United Football Club, Co. Kildare
Colin O’Brien works in Fab 24 in Leixlip and he was recently awarded a seed grant to set up a non-competitive Soccer Academy in Clane United Football Club.
“The program will be open to all children with Autism, Aspergers, Central Auditory Processing (CAPD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (ADHD/ADD) and other related disorders. The academy will aid development of sports knowledge, physical motor skills, independence and social skill capabilities. This academy aims to give girls and boys a unique opportunity to take part in a sport with no aim or goal for the children to reach any level in the program.
Physical exercise brings a number of benefits for individuals living with disability – social inclusion, generating peer group networks, improved confidence and competence, empowerment, and a common social outlet to connect with other people living with disability”.
Congratulations to Dunny and Colin for championing these wonderful community projects.
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