Offaly County Council to host public seminar on €1.6 million social innovation fund

PUBLIC SEMINAR TO BE HOSTED ON €1.6 MILLION SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND

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Offaly County Council to host public seminar on €1.6 million social innovation fund

Offaly County Council, in partnership with Social Innovation Fund Ireland, are hosting an information seminar for local social enterprises to learn more about how they can apply for funding from the new €1.6 million Social Enterprise Development Fund. The deadline for applications is the 28th March.

The event will take place in The County Arms Hotel, Seefin, Birr, Co. Offaly on Friday, February 16th at 11am.

The Social Enterprise Development Fund has been established by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland with the support of IPB Insurance, a wholly Irish owned mutual insurer and the Department of Rural and Community Development from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

This new fund will be delivered over the course of two years and will offer the chance for up to eight social enterprises per year from across Ireland to receive a cash grant of €50,000 to put towards growing their organisation. The successful applicants will also receive a place on Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s six-month Accelerator programme that is designed to help them to grow and develop their ideas into powerful community solutions through ongoing support and advice.

Ms Anna-Marie Delaney of Offaly County Council said; “The new Social Enterprise Development Fund is an important initiative which is run in partnership with Local Authorities to support people in social enterprises who are creating jobs and services and helping to build resilient communities. There are many organisations throughout Offaly who I believe could benefit from the finance and expertise available from Social Innovation Fund Ireland and I encourage them to attend the free seminar on the 16th of February for a full briefing.”  

John Evoy, Social Enterprise Development Fund Manager, said, “Social enterprises differ from commercial enterprises in that they have a social mission and re-invest surpluses back into the organisation.  Their importance to local economies is being increasingly recognised.  Social Innovation Fund Ireland is committed to supporting these enterprises throughout Ireland. We expect a lot of interest in our new Social Enterprise Development Fund and, we want to give social enterprises the best opportunity to pitch for funding. The seminar will give interested social enterprises the chance to ask any questions they may have about the fund and how it could possibly benefit them.”