Changing Lives Through Social Enterprise!

Thursday, July 4, 2019
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dlr Chief Executive announces list of Awardees of Social Enterprise Development Fund 2019

The innovative Social Enterprises working to make their communities better places will receive cash grants of between €10,000 and €30,000 and a place on Ireland’s most prestigious Accelerator Programme for Social Enterprises

Philomena Poole, Chief Executive, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council  today announced the Leinster based winners of the €1.6 million Social Enterprise Development Fund at a special lunch event in Bistro Le Monde, Harbour Square, Dún Laoghaire. The regional enterprises awarded on the day include projects from Dublin and Wexford.

The Fund was set up to support social enterprises from across the country to achieve their goals and create measurable social impact that can be scaled all over Ireland. The €1.6 million fund, created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland, is supported by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Chosen from over 200 applicants from almost every county in Ireland, today’s 7 successful Leinster-based awardees, are part of a larger group of 16 Social Enterprises from all across Ireland from a mixture of urban, town and rural settings. The Social Enterprises will not only receive cash grants of up to €50,000 but will also land a place on Ireland’s most prestigious Accelerator Programme for social enterprises.

Speaking at the awwards Philomena Poole, Chief Executive, Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown County Council, commented:

"I am delighted to be present at this Leinster Award Ceremony for the Social Enterprise Development Fund, I would like to congratulate all 7 recipients who have been chosen for their Social Enterprise Projects and wish them every success in carrying out their work.

 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s is progressing it's Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021 and is working with national and local partners to build an environment that makes it easier for people to start enterprises to address social issues and have a positive, measurable, social impact on the people working and living in their communities. The Fund and their awards presents a great opportunity for social enterprises to achieve these goals."

Deirdre Mortell, Chief Executive Officer, Social Innovation Fund Ireland said: “Today’s Awardees are a fantastic example of the type of social enterprises that are making a real difference for communities across Ireland, every day. With the support of the Social Enterprise Development Fund, we feel we can help each of these projects reach more communities in need of their support and we can also help them grow. The SED Fund was created to find a support social enterprises from across Ireland that are giving back and, with today’s awardees, we think we’ve done just that.”

The Accelerator Programme is run in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and provides intensive, expert and bespoke supports for social enterprises to hone their social impact, business skills and accelerate their growth. The 7 Leinster awardees are:

  • Refill Ireland Project Ltd (Dublin) Refill Ireland addresses the environmental impact of single-use plastic water bottles.
  • ReCreate Ireland (Dublin) ReCreate Ireland addresses the lack of knowledge and appreciation of the practical value and benefits of creativity and highlights the impact of our actions have on the environment around us.
  • Siel Bleu Ireland (Dublin) Siel Bleu Ireland addresses the growing epidemic of physical inactivity amongst older adults and people living with chronic disease.
  • Walkinstown Green Social Enterprises Limited (WGSEL) (Dublin) Walkinstown Green Social Enterprises Limited (WGSEL) supports adults with intellectual disabilities, autism and other barriers to employment, to successfully transition into the world of work, by taking steps into further education, training and paid employment.
  • We Make Good (Dublin) We Make Good (WMG) addresses the lack of pathways to employment for people with a history of imprisonment or addiction.
  • Darndale Belcamp Village Centre (Dublin) Darndale Belcamp Village Centre (DBVC) addresses the lack of physical facilities for the provision of community services and small-businesses by maintaining and managing buildings and open spaces
  • Kilcannon Industries CLG (Wexford) Kilcannon Industries CLG addresses the lack of training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

For more information on the Social Enterprise Development Awardees, please visit: