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The Social Enterprise Development Fund is a €1.6 million fund which will be delivered over two years: 2018 – 2020. The fund was created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and funded by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, through the Dormant Accounts Fund. IPB Insurance is an Irish owned general insurance company which protects and supports their local authority members and their communities across the length and breadth of Ireland.

We are delighted to announce below our seven Leinster based Awardees: 

Social Enterprise Development Fund Award 2019

Darndale Belcamp Village Centre

Darndale Belcamp Village Centre (DBVC) addresses the lack of physical facilities for the provision of community services and small-businesses. DBVC is primarily a property and facilities management enterprise that ensures that all aspects of the Village Centre are maintained to the highest possible standards; that all necessary repairs are carried out in a timely manner that security is provided both in relation to the buildings and to the people who use these buildings. On a daily basis the Village Centre provides employment, training and education for 390 people.

Kilcannon Industries CLG

Kilcannon Industries CLG addresses the lack of training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Kilcannon Industries CLG is a voluntary organisation operating within the community sector. It provides services to over 200 service users with intellectual disability and employs a total of 250 staff, offering significant opportunities for employing People with Disabilities in a Social Enterprise Model

ReCreate Ireland

ReCreate 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. They work to solve this problem by working to Foster Creativity, to inspire Champions of Reuse and to support social inclusion. ReCreate has had a direct impact on tens of thousands of people nationwide by giving them access to quality art material and nurturing their inner creativity, which results in improved outcomes for children across the social spectrum.

Refill Ireland Project Ltd

Refill Ireland addresses the environmental impact of single-use plastic water bottles. The Refill Ireland Project facilitate the wide spread access to drinking water in public areas in Ireland and also offer a Zero Waste service to runs, fairs, sports days etc. with respect to the drinking water provision. The Refill Ireland Project want to see Ireland become a fully refillable country where refilling is considered as convenient an option as it is to purchase water in a single use plastic bottle.

Siel Bleu Ireland

Siel Bleu Ireland addresses the growing epidemic of physical inactivity amongst older adults and people living with chronic disease. Siel Bleu Ireland offers older adults and people living with chronic disease and physical and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to counteract physical inactivity through specially designed, professional exercise programmes. Siel Bleu have been offering their group exercise programmes in nursing homes, community centres, with patient organisations and one to one in private homes.

Walkinstown Green Social Enterprises Limited (WGSEL)

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. They do this through the operation of a cafe and a garden centre which trades as The Green Kitchen Café and Garden Centre. The social enterprise also provides a Community Hub in Walkinstown Dublin 12 that is home to eighteen community groups including the Dublin 12 Men’s Shed and Charity

We Make Good

We Make Good (WMG) addresses the lack of pathways to employment for people with a history of imprisonment or addiction. We Make Good seeks to address this issue by supporting the growth of the social enterprise sector in Ireland, to create more job opportunities for those who need them. Their products are designed by some of Ireland’s best-emerging designers and made by people facing social challenges who have been supported to develop valuable skills and gain employment in their craft. Becoming a skilled maker means people can change the trajectory of their life and that of their families and communities.

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