From Inner City Enterprise

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards aim to support social enterprise creation and development in Dublin City. The awards programme provides grants, mentoring, promotion and other supports to successful applicants to enable them to further develop their activities, increase their social impact and benefit more individuals and communities.


The Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards were established by Inner City Enterprise (ICE) and Dublin City Council with the support of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City in 2015. These partner organisations recognised that there was a need for grants to support the creation and / or development of social enterprises in Dublin City. They also recognised the need to increase awareness of social enterprises and the important contribution that they make to local communities and economies.


Each year, a fund of approximately €60,000 is distributed among innovative social enterprises. (Further information about the awards and previous awardees is available in the Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards – Impact Report ). The awards are funded and supported by Dublin City Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development. Inner City Enterprise is responsible for managing the awards programme and providing mentoring to awardees. The awards align with the policy objectives of the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022

Applicants must,

  • Be a Social Enterprise i.e. as defined by the National Social Enterprise Policy:
  • Be located in the Dublin City administrative area or capable of delivering social enterprise projects in this administrative area
  • Provide a Tax Clearance Certificate before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Provide evidence that public liability insurance is in place before awarded funds can be drawn-down 

To apply click on the following application form  Deadline is 31st May 2024.

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