Social Enterprise businesses that are trading in order to provide essential services in their communities; to tackle some of the biggest problems in society or to address environmental issues. With the profits they generate from trading, social enterprises reinvest back into the business or the local community.
The first National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022 is focused on three key Objectives: Building Awareness of Social Enterprise, Growing and Strengthening Social Enterprise and Achieving Better Policy Alignment
Social Innovation Fund Ireland is a national organisation supporting Ireland’s best social innovations through cash grants and business supports. Every euro they raise in philanthropy is matched by Government.
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland mission is to find people with solutions to social problems and support them on every step of their journey. Over the past 15 years, they have supported more than 300 social entrepreneurs through their support programmes.
Community Finance Ireland supported a “first to market” within the Social Economy space on the island. Given the growth in Social Innovation among both Communities and Social Entrepreneurs alike, the provision of a Social Enterprise Toolkit is a natural, relevant progression not just at the point of start-up, but also for those seeking to transition to that “next phase”.
The team at Community Finance Ireland are a charity who provide loans exclusively to the third sector. They work daily with sports clubs, community groups, charities and social enterprises right across the country. They continue to reach out to those working and volunteering.
Clann Credo – Community Loan Finance is a social enterprise which not only serves but is also proud to be a part of the Community & Voluntary Sector. They provide loans to community organisations, charities and social enterprises. They help organisations achieve their social, economic and financial potential on terms and conditions that may not be available to them commercially.