Social Enterprise Development Fund 2019

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WHAT DOES THE FUND OFFER?

CASH GRANTS

In 2019, the fund will support up to 16 Social Enterprises with cash grants and a place on the Accelerator Programme.

  • Two Social Enterprises will receive a cash grant of €50,000 
  • Two Social Enterprises will receive a cash grant of €30,000
  • Two Social Enterprises will receive a cash grant of €20,000
  • Ten Social Enterprises will receive a cash grant of €10,000

The grants will be awarded to the best social enterprises in each of the following categories:

  • Best Social Enterprise - Urban
  • Best Social Enterprise - Town 
  • Best Social Enterprise - Rural

A minimum of three winners will come from each of the categories.


ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME

All successful applicants will win a place on Ireland’s only National Accelerator Programme specifically designed for social enterprises. The Accelerator Programme will equip social enterprises with the skills they need to scale up and deepen their social impact.

This intensive and practical 6-month programme provides training from best-in-class experts in the private, non-profit and public sector on key functions such as Strategic Planning, Impact Measurement, Financial Management, Governance, Business Modelling, Pitching, Storytelling and more. The Accelerator Programme also includes the financing of bespoke business and mentoring supports tailored to the needs of each organisation, such as market research, marketing plans and online impact strategies.


FINAL PITCH

This year, Social Innovation Fund Ireland have introduced an exciting new element to the Fund. At the close of the Accelerator Programme, each participating social enterprise will have the opportunity to pitch for a share of a €100,000 cash grant.
This further investment will be granted to the social enterprises which demonstrate the greatest potential for future impact and growth.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE FUND?

We are seeking applications from social enterprises that:

  • Have a clear social mission that addresses a critical social issue
  • Generate income from goods or services
  • Are already up and running
  • Reinvest any surplus into achieving their mission
  • Have a not-for-profit legal form
  • Are separate from government and state agencies
  • Have its main impact in the Republic of Ireland
 

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