NATIONAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE POLICY FOR 2019-2022
The first National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022 is focused on three key Objectives:
1. Building Awareness of Social Enterprise;
2. Growing and Strengthening Social Enterprise and.
3. Achieving Better Policy Alignment.
Cycling Without Age https://cyclingwithoutage.ie/
The Garden School http://ciaranburke.ie/ciaran-burke/
Music Generation DLR
Crosscare Community Café http://crosscare.ie/index.php/community-cafes
Hellenic Community of Ireland https://www.helleniccommunity.ie/
Competition Based Funding
MicroFinance Ireland https://microfinanceireland.ie (note: applications for MFI funding go through your local LEO)
Social Finance Foundation https://sff.ie
The Wheel https://www.wheel.ie/
Carmichael Centre https://www.carmichaelireland.ie/
Carmichael Courses https://www.carmichaelireland.ie/courses/
Young Social Innovators https://www.youngsocialinnovators.ie/
Social Enterprise Skills for Business Advisors http://sesbaproject.eu/en/
Irish Social Entrepreneurs Network https://www.socent.ie/
Dublin Social Entrepreneurs https://www.meetup.com/Dublin-SocialEntrepreneurs/
Ideas Collective https://www.stand.ie/ideas-collective/
Public Participation Network http://dlrppn.ie/
Volunteer Centre https://www.volunteerdlr.ie/
Enactus Ireland http://enactusireland.org/
Social Enterprise Toolkit
Social Enterprise Mark
Social Impact Ireland has partnered with Social Enterprise Mark CIC, an award-winning international social enterprise accreditation authority, to offer the Social Enterprise Mark to irish social enterprises. The social enterprise mark recognises and builds the capabilities of social enterprises as competitive, sustainable businesses, dedicated to maximising social impact.
‘Social Enterprise Mark CIC provides clear standards for the social enterprise sector. We assure the business model remains credible, ethical and commercial through independent accreditation, which enables social enterprises to prove their credentials. ‘
For more information / register your interest here and you will be passed onto the Social Impact Ireland team: https://www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk/registration/.
TRUST LAW. PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme and is available in Ireland. They connect NGOs and social enterprises working to create social and environmental change with the best law firms and corporate legal teams to provide them with free legal assistance. They also produce ground-breaking legal research and offer innovative training courses worldwide.
An EU FUNDING SUPPORT SERVICE for the Irish civil sector
Access Europe is a three-year programme, led by The Wheel and funded by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to provide a support and capacity-building programme for Irish civil society organisations to better access EU funds and engage in EU policy.
INFORMATION & AWARENESS
Includes researching and disseminating information about funding programmes and calls relevant to civil society and developing educational materials and resources.
TRAINING & SPECIAL EVENTS
We run information and training events around EU funding and various aspects of successfully securing and delivering projects
Providing one to one advice and support to organisations on their EU development journey.
This involves networking and signposting at national level with various EU contact points and agencies and building networks at EU level to connect Irish civil society to Europe.
For more information:
Enterprise sector outside of ireland
If you would like to know more information about the social enterprise sector outside of Ireland, please see a report issued by OECD in July.
Link: OECD Policy Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Title of document: Social economy and the COVID-19 crisis: current and future roles.