Rethink Ireland have recently announced the opening of The Social Enterprise Start-up Fund. The €800,000 Fund will be delivered over two years: 2021 – 2022 and has been created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The fund seeks to support social enterprises at the start-up/early stage of their life cycle and will provide critical support to the most innovative and impactful start-up social enterprises across Ireland. For full details on the fund, please see the Rethink Ireland website here.

A social enterprise is a business that works primarily to improve the lives of people. Social enterprises are at the heart of facing the greatest social challenges in Ireland. The money they make from their work is used to grow what they do so that they can reach all the people in society who need their help. Rethink Ireland believe there is a need to foster and invest in these social enterprises to allow them to grow and spread their solutions throughout the country.

What does the fund offer?

In 2021, the fund offers (up to) 25 Awardees:

  1. Cash grants
  2. A place on the Accelerator Programme
  3. Business supports

Who can apply?

Rethink Ireland are inviting applications from social enterprises that are at an early stage of their development and are looking to fully establish themselves in the market.

Applications are open from July 15th until 1pm on Tuesday, August 3rd.

Application Clinic

Rethink Ireland will be hosting an application clinic via webinar to support potential applicants with any questions they may have on Tuesday, July 20th at 11am – 12pm: Social Enterprise Start-up Fund Clinic Webinar

All queries relation to the fund should be sent to