Awareness Raising Initiatives for Social Enterprise Scheme 2021 – Ireland
Applications are now open for the Awareness Raising Initiatives for Social Enterprise Scheme 2021 to increase awareness of social enterprises and their potential, in line with the Awareness Raising Strategy.
The purpose of the Awareness Raising Initiative for Social Enterprise will be to provide funding to social enterprises and their support and network organisations to carry out awareness raising initiatives that will increase awareness of social enterprises and their potential, in line with the Awareness Raising Strategy. Funding for this scheme will be provided from the Dormant Accounts Fund.
The scheme provides funding under two strands:
Strand One will be aimed at individual social enterprises. It is envisaged that they will tell their story and highlight how their social enterprise is improving people’s lives.
Strand Two will be aimed at Social Enterprise Network and Support organisations to deliver more general or sectoral messages on what social enterprises are, and their potential to deliver sustainable and inclusive development and recovery.
Its main aims are to:
Provide a common approach to the communications and language around social enterprise.
Foster a common understanding of the value of social enterprise.
Collectively empower social enterprises to have a voice and a role in raising awareness.
Amounts approved to social enterprises will be subject to the total number of applications approved and the overall budget available (€500,000).
Under Strand One of the initiative, grants of up to €10,000 may be provided to social enterprises to design and implement their awareness raising initiatives/campaigns.
Under Strand Two of the initiative, grants of up to €50,000 may be provided to Social Enterprise Networks or Support organisations with a National/Regional remit to design and implement their awareness raising initiatives/campaigns.
Social enterprise operates like any other business in that it produces goods and services for which the customer pays. The defining difference is that it invests all profits back into the business it runs.
Social enterprises sustain jobs and communities all over Ireland. Social enterprises are professionally run enterprises, willing and able to deliver on a range of social and economic requirements.
They are entrepreneurial, innovative and impactful. They improve the lives of people and are established to address significant societal challenges.
Many social enterprises work with government and with local authorities in the delivery of services, across sectors such as health; wellbeing and social services.
Under Strand 1 of the scheme only social enterprises, as defined in the National Social Enterprise Policy, may apply under this scheme. All applicants will be checked and verified to ensure they meet the definition. Applicants who do not meet this definition will not be considered.
Under Strand 2 of the scheme organisations with a large reach (i.e. Regional or National) may apply. This will include, but is not limited to, support organisations for social enterprises and social enterprise networks.
For more information, visit https://www.gov.ie/en/news/4ddaf-awareness-raising-initiatives-for-social-enterprise-arise-scheme-2021/