Social Enterprise Grant Scheme Awards presented and new Toolkit launched

Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha presented the Social Enterprise Grant Scheme Awards 2017 at an event in the Wood Quay Venue today. The Award Scheme highlights and encourages social enterprise development in Dublin City. Awards totalling €49,500 were presented to five social enterprises which are carrying out innovative and dynamic work in communities and areas across Dublin City.


List of Award recipients below:


Mendicity Institution - Workshop

The Abhaile Project -

Handy Helpers -

The Adventure Project -

Dress for Success Dublin -


Speaking at the ceremony an tArdmhéara said ‘It is an honour to meet each of the social enterprise awardees today and to hear about their hard work in our city. I am impressed that housing, homelessness, equality and social inclusion are among the issues which the award winners are seeking to address. I am also impressed knowing, that with the grant money awarded today from Dublin City Council, these social enterprises will be able to further the work they are doing on such vital issues’.


Also at this year’s event, Ireland’s first Social Enterprise Toolkit was launched by Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha. The toolkit is an extensive and first of its kind resource to help communities and individuals set up a social enterprise in Ireland. It has been developed by the Irish Social Enterprise Network and was sponsored by Community Finance Ireland, Dublin City Council and Dublin South City Partnership.


Speaking about the toolkit, an tArdmhéara said ‘Ireland’s first: Social Enterprise Toolkit, which I am launching today, is a timely and innovative resource which provides tools, ideas, case studies and information for individuals and communities on how to set up and manage a social enterprise in an Irish context. I have no doubt that this will be a very useful resource and will help to encourage and support many existing and new social enterprises’.  




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Notes to Editor


Further information about the Social Enterprise scheme:


The scheme was first established in 2015 through a collaboration between Dublin City Council, Inner City Enterprise (ICE) and the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City. Dublin City Council and ICE recognised that there was a gap in the market for social enterprises in accessing grants to kick-start the creation and development of social enterprises in Dublin City.


Now in its third year, the scheme has expanded and at this year’s Awards, five social enterprises and organisations will be showcased who were selected as winners by an evaluation committee. The programme and competition aims to increase awareness of the important contribution that social enterprise makes to building communities, creating employment and developing the skills of the participants who get involved.


The funding awarded to the winning social enterprises will allow them to further develop their plans and activities and bring the benefits of their social enterprises to more individuals and communities.


The Social Enterprise Toolkit is available for download at: