Local applications invited for Social Enterprise Development fund

Social Innovation Ireland (SIFI), in partnership with the various local uthorities across Ireland, officially launched the second year of the €1.6m Social Enterprise Development Fund.

The Fund is financed by the Department of Rural and Community Development, from the Dormant Accounts Fund and IPB Insurance.

The fund pledges to provide critical support to the most innovative and impactful social enterprises in Ireland so that they can sustain and scale their impact across the country.

This year, social enterprises will have a chance to win cash grant amounts ranging from €10,000 up to €50,000.

The Accelerator Programme provides training from best-in-class experts across the private, non-profit and public sectors and is designed to equip social enterprises to expand their business skills and deepen their impact within their communities and across the country.

John Evoy is social enterprise development manager at the Social Innovation Fund Ireland; he says that a number of local projects benefited from the scheme last year: