Minister Humphreys announces €526k additional funding to Social Enterprise Awareness Raising Projects


  • Funding for 14 additional projects to increase awareness of social enterprises Awareness Raising initiatives for Social Enterprise (ARISE) Scheme.
  • Scheme supports one of the key commitments in the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019-2022.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, TD, today (29 April 2022) announced additional funding under the Dormant Accounts funded Awareness Raising Initiative for Social Enterprise (ARISE) Scheme.

Grants totalling €526,000 are being provided to social enterprises, social enterprise networks and support organisations to carry out a range of awareness raising initiatives.

Social Enterprises create jobs in rural areas and support the aims of Our Rural Future – the government’s five year strategy for revitalising rural Ireland.

Making the announcement today, Minister Humphreys said:

“I am delighted to be in a position today to announce funding to fourteen additional projects under the ARISE Scheme.”

“Due to the tremendous response and quality of applications received under this scheme last year, a further €526,000 is now being awarded, bringing the total funding under the scheme to €1.2m. The projects funded will further increase awareness of social enterprises and their potential.”

The Minister continued:

“This scheme will continue to play a significant part in fostering a common understanding of the value of social enterprise, and collectively empower social enterprises to have a voice and a role in raising awareness.”

“While there has been a significant increase in the visibility of social enterprises, raising awareness is an ongoing challenge.”

I firmly believe this sector has the potential to grow in both scale and impact. We all need to continue to pull together to make that happen.”

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