Minister O’Brien welcomes €1 million in Capital Funding from his Department for Social Enterprises

6th December, 2021

  • Funding to support 247 Social Enterprises nationwide
  • Small grants for repairs and renovations, new equipment and safety upgrades
  • Initiative delivers on key commitments in ‘Our Rural Future’ and ‘National Social Enterprise Strategy’
  • Dublin Fingal to benefit from €13,570.50 in supports


Minister Joe O’Brien TD at the Department of Rural and Community Development today (Monday, December 6th) welcomed funding of €1 million to support 247 Social Enterprises with their capital costs.

The Social Enterprises Capital Grants Scheme will provide small grants to Social Enterprises to assist them in carrying out renovations or repairs to their premises.

The funding will also be used for the purchase of equipment such as outdoor seating and canopies, playground equipment, machinery, kitchen equipment, laptops, iPads and printers, training equipment, CCTV and so on.

Grants ranging from a few hundred euro to €14,500 are being provided under the Scheme, which is funded from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The grants will be administered on behalf of the Department by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs).

Dublin Fingal will benefit from funding awarded to the following:-

  • Balbriggan Community Childcare – €825.00
  • Irish Institute of Music and Song – €5,000
  • Drinan Enterprise Centre – €5,000
  • Balbriggan Men’s Shed – €2,745.50


On the announcement today, Minister O’Brien said:

 “I am acutely aware of the devastation on businesses and Social Enterprises caused by Covid-19.

“This funding will assist almost 250 Social Enterprises with specific costs in relation to their facilities.  I am delighted that four local Social Enterprises in Dublin Fingal will benefit from €13,570.50 in supports.

“In some cases, it will cover the cost of fixing a leaky roof or putting in a new kitchen.

“Other organisations will use the funding to purchase the likes of new furniture or IT equipment.

“The grants may be small in nature but I know they will greatly assist Social Enterprises the length and breadth of the country who have continued to serve their communities through the Pandemic.”

The Minister continued:


This particular scheme will support one of the key policy commitments in the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland – “Growing and Strengthening Social Enterprise”.

“It supports the objectives of ‘Our Rural Future’, the Government’s ambitious five year strategy for Rural Ireland.

“Our Social Enterprises are at the centre of that strategy. Social enterprises create jobs while also encouraging and delivering positive changes in communities across the country.  In these challenging times it is vital that we continue to support this sector to develop further in the future.

“In this context, I wish to recognise the role of our LCDCs, who are administering this funding at a local level.”

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