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Women of Ireland Fund 2019-2024 is now accepting applications

The first fund in Ireland to support charities and social enterprises working for improved economic mobility of women
  • February 21, 2019 19:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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Source: Social Innovation Ireland

The Women of Ireland Fund (Mná na hÉireann), worth 1.8 million euro, created by the Social Innovation Fund Ireland, in cooperation with the Bank of America and the Department of Rural and Community Development is now accepting applications. All philanthropic funds collected by the Social Innovation Fund Ireland will be matched by the Department of Rural and Community Development, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

What is particularly innovative about the Women of Ireland Fund is that it is the first in the country to support charities and social enterprises which work towards improving the economic mobility perspectives for women. Moreover, it is especially designed to equip such organizations with capabilities to expand their business, trigger development and extend their influence across Ireland.

On this occasion, the City Council of Galway encourages local organizations, working for empowering women and women’s education and progress towards sustainable employment to apply for funding. For the upcoming 3-years period, the Fund has set the following objectives:

  • To empower 1,000 women to find and secure sustained employment across Ireland. This shall be accomplished by investing in training, upskilling, education and other services provided to women experiencing disadvantage;
  • To increase twofold the impact of successful applicants by providing growth capital and support to organisations with a proven track record of social impact.

The amount of grants provided varies between €50,000 - €100,000 annually and is accompanied, among others, by a number of expert business supports. The deadline for applications is 18th April 2019.

Find more information about the Fund, together with full eligibility criteria using this link: http://www.socialinnovation.ie/mna-na-heireann-fund/

Source: Galway City Council