Our Community

How we help our Local Community

Croi Laighean Credit Union has always been at the heart of the community for our members in Kildare and Offaly. Friendly, personable, and face-to-face: it’s what members know and love about CLCU. As a member owned not-for-profit credit union, our members and the local community reap the benefits of the work we do. Every year we issue great value loans to our members, most of which are spent locally, which helps boast the local economy.

Croi Laighean Credit Union takes an active role in the community and often get involved in charity events. In the past 5 years, we have donated over €533,000 to local clubs and groups through our community fund, sponsorship, bursary, and scholarship programmes. We are committed to continue these activities as we firmly believe that investment in the locality leads to a thriving local community – which will benefit everyone in our locality.

Our Community Fund

Croí Laighean Credit Union is dedicated to supporting and funding initiatives that benefit and support people within our Common Bond. That’s why we created the Community Fund – an initiative designed to help local clubs and organisations to prosper and achieve their goals.

The Community Fund is open to all clubs and organisations within our common bond and in the last 5 years, we have given back over €533,000 to our local community. If you have a club or organisation
who is interested in applying for our Community Fund, please keep an eye on our social media channels for updates regarding when the fund will be open for applications.

View our 2022 Recipient List



We’ve been serving our community for over 50 years as a helping hand rather than a handout.
We’re proud of our history of empowering local people, and over the years we’ve funded a huge number of projects via our Credit Union Local Community Sponsorship initiatives.

Separate from our annual Community Fund we also sponsor clubs, local events and organisations — we’re sure you’ve seen us around! If your club or organisation would like to chat to us about Local Community Sponsorship, call us on 1800 23 24 25, or email welcome@clcu.ie.

View our Current Sponsorships


Pat Jones Bursary

One of the ways we do this is by awarding two students with the Pat Jones Student Bursary Award each year. This prestigious award provides €6,000 each, to 2 students to be used to help fund their third-level education. Over the last nine years, the bursary has contributed over €94,500 in funding to local students.

View the 2022 Winners


Maynooth University Scholarship

Launched in 2021, our annual Maynooth University Scholarship, will see one student from Croí Laighean Credit Union’s common bond, who attends Maynooth University, awarded the Scholarship worth €2,000. The aim of the sponsorship is to offer talented GAA athletes the opportunity to develop their sporting potential with top-class facilities, high-performance support, and outstanding coaching expertise, combined with an excellent academic career.

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