2018 Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards – Open call for Applications -Closing date extended to May 4th 2018

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Dublin City Social Enterprise Award Design (1)

Closing date for applications has been extended to 5pm on Friday May 4th 2018

 

The Awards

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards was established by Inner City Enterprise (ICE) and Dublin City Council with the support of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City in 2015. These partner organisations recognised that there was a gap in the market for small flexible grants to kick-start the creation or development of social enterprises in Dublin City. Each year since 2015, a fund of between €45,000-50,000 has been distributed among innovative social enterprises.

The programme and competition aims to increase awareness of the important contribution that social enterprise makes to building communities and in creating employment and developing the skills of the participants who get involved. The awards granted to the successful applicants will also allow them to further develop their plans and activities and bring the benefits of their social enterprise to more individuals and communities.

 This year a fund of €50,000 is available to provide a small number of financial awards for Social Enterprises who are at start-up or in development phase. To find out more information about the awards, application process and criteria please see below:

 The Application & Awards Process

  • Open call for submission of application forms (along with supporting documentation i.e. business plan / financial accounts etc)
  • Review, scoring and short-listing of application forms
  • Short-listed applicants invited to present to evaluations committee
  • Scoring of presentations & notification of award winners
  • Award Ceremony and presentation of funding to award winners

Details 

Eligible organisation types

  • Company Limited by Guarantee not having share capital (CLG) and registered with the Companies Registration Office (CRO).
  • Co-operatives which can demonstrate a clear social benefit / impact.
  • Applications will be considered from Private Companies limited by shares (LTD) if the shares are 100% owned by a registered Irish charity.

Excluded organisation types

  • Public Limited Company (PLC)
  • Designated Activity Company (DAC) Limited by Shares
  • Designated Activity Company (DAC) Limited by Guarantee
  • Single Member Company
  • Unlimited Company
  • Limited Partnership
  • Private Limited Company LTD (unless shares are 100% owned by a registered Irish charity)
  • Unincorporated Association/Body
  • Sole-Traders or Individuals

Additional Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be a Social Enterprise i.e. A business that generates a traded income with defined social outputs, in which all profit created is reinvested in the business
  • Applicants must be located in the Dublin City administrative area or capable of delivering social enterprise work in this administrative area.
  • Applicants must provide a current Tax Clearance Certificate before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Applicants must provide evidence that public liability insurance is in place before awarded funds can be drawn-down
  • Applicants must provide a concise business plan
  • Applicants must provide 1 years financial accounts ( if applicable) and 3 years projected accounts

Ineligible Enterprises

  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if they are regular commercial businesses whose sole aim is to generate profits for Owners/Directors/ Shareholders
  • Applicants will be deemed ineligible if they are in substantial debt or if threatened insolvency is an issue
  • Applicants cannot be in receipt of other statutory grants
  • Enterprises which have been awarded the award previously are deemed ineligible to apply again for a period of 3 years from date of their previous award

Evaluation Process

An evaluation panel will assess the applications and supply a shortlist of candidates to the Social Enterprise Grant committee for final selection and approval. A competitive process is in place to assist with the selection process. Selection of successful candidates will be based on the following criteria:

  • Number of direct/ indirect jobs to be created
  • Quality of Proposal
  • Viability/sustainability of enterprise
  • Quality of Promoter
  • Social return/impact on investment

Decisions will be recorded and a report will be made to the overseeing Social Enterprise Committee. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their social enterprise to the committee. This will involve a 5 minute presentation and a 10 minute question and answer session. The committee will then decide on the successful grant awardees.

To Apply

Download the application form Here

Applicants must email a completed application form plus supporting documentation to Innercityenter@gmail.com. In addition an original signed copy of the application form (only) is required to be forwarded by post/hand to Inner City Enterprise, Unit F4 Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7.

Conditions of Drawdown

  • A letter of offer will be issued to successful candidates and this will include terms and conditions of drawdown of the Award funds
  • The Letter of offer must be signed and returned within one month of receipt
  • Applicants will be required to submit a copy of the registration documentation for the companies’ registration office (CRO) and a current tax clearance cert
  • Evidence of public liability insurance will need to be provided
  • All successful applicants must agree to work with a mentor, assigned by the Social Enterprise Committee
  • Successful applicants must be willing to allow reference be made to them, for the purpose of case study materials or media reports, which may be used with regard to the Dublin City Social Enterprise Awards for the purposes of further promotion of the scheme.
  • All applicants will be eligible for group mentoring sessions, hosted by the Dublin City – Local Enterprise Office, in the areas of marketing and finance.

Once all of the conditions of drawdown have been met, award funds will be paid to the successful applicants.

The closing time and date for applications is: 17:00 – Friday 4th May 2018

The Dublin City Social Enterprise Committee reserves the right to extend this deadline. All applicants will be notified by post regarding the status success/failure of their application.

 Post-Awards reporting

By accepting an Award, recipients agree to provide information on the impact of the award on their social enterprise / organisation;

  • Reporting may include: Jobs (new or reallocated) , Exports and/or domestic market expansion, Increase Revenue, Reduced Costs, Expected follow on investment etc;

2017 ICE Social Enterprise Grant Scheme DEADLINE Extended

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Due to phenomenal demand ICE are delighted to announce the Social Enterprise Grant 2017 deadline is being extended to Friday 2nd June 2017.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GRANT SCHEME CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Social Enterprise Grant Scheme is a scheme established by Inner City Enterprise (ICE), and drawn down under the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Dublin. The scheme currently has €50,000 at its disposal and is being set up to provide a small number of flexible grants for Social Enterprises, either at start-up or development phase.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be a Social Enterprise i.e. A business that generates traded income with social outputs, in which all profit created is reinvested into the business
  • Applicants must be located within the Dublin City Council administrative area.
  • Applicants must be either a company limited by guarantee or a co-operative.
  • Applicants need a current Tax Clearance Cert in place.
  • Applicants need to provide evidence that public liability insurance is in place and/or will be in place before drawdown of funds
  • Applicants need to provide a Business Plan
  • Applicants need to provide 1 years Financial Accounts (if Applicable) and 3 years projected accounts

Ineligible Projects

  • Projects will be deemed ineligible if they are regular commercial businesses whose sole aim is to generate profits for Owners/Directors/Shareholders.
  • Projects will be deemed ineligible if in debt or if threatened insolvency is an issue.
  • Projects cannot be in receipt of other statutory grants.

Evaluation Process

An ICE Evaluation Committee will assess the applications and supply a shortlist of candidates to the Social Enterprise Grant Committee for final selection and approval. A competitive process will be put in place to assist with the selection process. Selection of successful candidates will be based on the following criteria:

  • Number of direct/indirect jobs to be created.
  • Quality of proposal
  • Viability/Sustainability of project
  • Quality of promoter
  • Social return/impact on investment

Decisions will be recorded and a report made to the overseeing Social Enterprise Grant Scheme Committee. A number of shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their project/ social enterprise to the Social Enterprise Grant Committee. This will involve a 5-minute presentation and a 10-minute question and answer session. The Social Enterprise Grant Committee will then decide on the successful grant awardees.

To Apply

Applicants can download the application form here

Applicants must email a completed application to innercityenter@gmail.com and forward by post, a hard copy of the application to Inner City Enterprise, Unit F4 Spade Enterprise Centre, North King Street, Dublin 7.

Conditions of Draw down

  • A Letter of offer will be issued to successful candidates and this will include terms and conditions of drawdown of the grant funds.
  • The Letter of offer will need to be signed and returned within a month of receipt.
  • Applicants will be required to submit a copy of their registration documentation from the Company’s Registration Office (CRO) and a current Tax Clearance Cert.
  • Public liability insurance will need to be in place and evidence provided.
  • All successful applicants must agree to work with a mentor assigned by Inner City Enterprise or the Local Enterprise Office.
  • Successful applicants must be willing to allow reference be made to them, for the purpose of case study materials or media reports, which may be used by Inner City Enterprise or the Local Enterprise Office to further promote the Social Enterprise Grant scheme.
  • All applicants will be eligible for group mentoring sessions, hosted by the Dublin Local Enterprise Office, on marketing and finance.

 

Once all of the conditions of draw down have been met grant funds will be paid to the successful applicants.

The closing date for applications is 2nd June 2017. Inner City Enterprise reserves the right to extend this deadline.

All applicants will be notified by post of the success or failure of their application.

Inner City Enterprise Social Enterprise Grant presentation

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Inner City Enterprise along with the Local Enterprise Office and Dublin City Council were happy to be able to present the grant to the successful applicants of the ICE social Enterprise Grant Scheme in the Dublin City Council offices, Wood Quay.

In attendance and speaking at the presentation were Minister for Social Enteprise Anne Phelan TD, Councillors Daithi Doolin and Paul McAuliffe, Brendan Kenny the Assistant City Manager, as well as Dublin Local Enterprise Office CEO Greg Swift and our own Evanne Kilmurray, CEO of ICE.

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