Minister Joe O’Brien Welcomes Funding to Local Social Enterprise Project

3rd December, 2021

Funding of €680,000 for 50 organisations under a new initiative designed to raise awareness of the positive role played by Social Enterprises has been announced today by the Department of Rural and Community Development.


The Awareness Raising Initiative for Social Enterprise (ARISE) Scheme 2021 was set up to provide grants to Social Enterprises to help them promote the positive impact they have on their local communities.


Due to the high number of applications received by the Department, the overall level of grant funding being allocated was increased from €500,000 to €680,000.


Responding to today’s funding announcement, the Minister O’Brien said:


“Throughout this Pandemic, we have seen many examples of the important role our Social Enterprises play within their local communities. As Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, I want to help our Social Enterprises to grow and promote the valuable contribution they make to society.”


“The ARISE Scheme is a new initiative from my Department to help put a spotlight on the positive role played by our Social Enterprises. This scheme will play a significant role in in fostering a common understanding of the value of Social Enterprise. Under Strand One of the Scheme, forty-two Social Enterprises will tell their story and highlight how their Social Enterprise is improving the lives of citizens.”


“I’m particularly pleased that Fingal-based local development company Empower will benefit from this strand of the scheme with a grant to promote their One Step Closer Community Service programme. This programme does amazing work in meeting the training needs of difficult-to-reach groups across Fingal with a mix of accredited and non-accredited training courses.”


“Today’s funding announcement will support the vital work being done across the Social Enterprise sector and ensure that Social Enterprises continue to grow and develop.”