Local social enterprises in Wicklow should apply for funding to grow and strengthen impact – Harris

A new scheme announced by Government will improve and grow our social enterprises in Wicklow, Fine Gael Minister Simon Harris TD has said.

Minister Harris said:”Social Enterprises play a key role in communities and we have seen this throughout the recent Pandemic. The new Scaling-up Scheme from the Department of Rural and Community Development is a €1.5 million fund and is a great opportunity for social enterprises in Wicklow to have a real impact.

The scheme comprises of two streams, one for medium-scale capital works and the second for feasibility studies being administered on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development by Pobal.

“The drive is to encourage social enterprises which help revitalise towns and villages by addressing economic, social and educational disadvantage. This supports Fine Gael’s ambition and campaign to build stronger, safer communities in Wicklow.

Applications open at 10am on 2nd August 2022 and close at 3pm on 15th September 2022. Further application details can be found at pobal.ie or by contacting my office.

This funding promotes innovation within the Irish enterprise ecosystem and will encourage a greater contribution to local economies and entrepreneurial activity, productivity and innovative capability”, Minister Harris concluded

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