DAF KickStart

Overview of KickStart Round 3

Recipient of KickStart funding under previous round of funding

The objective of KickStart Round 3 is to “Support and encourage new and existing social enterprises to create meaningful jobs for people with criminal convictions, as a stepping stone to mainstream employment” (Working to Change Strategic Area 1: Social Enterprise employment options).

In 2021, the Department of Justice launched its Working to Change: Social Enterprise and Employment Strategy 2021 – 2023. The Probation Service, in collaboration with the Irish Prison Service, are inviting applications from social enterprises in Ireland for Round 3 of the KickStart Fund to support implementation of the Working to Change Strategy under the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan 2021.
The Probation Service has appointed Pobal to administer this KickStart Fund (Round 3) on their behalf. A budget of €1m is available to allocate to successful applicants.

Social enterprises can apply for a grant under:

Category A: Feasibility/ Market Research for €5,000 up to €15,000 to carry out a feasibility study or market research to develop or expand their social enterprise to create employment opportunities for people with a criminal conviction. Projects funded under Category A must be completed within a 12 month timeframe between 2nd May 2022 and 30th April 2023.

or

Category B: Jobs Creation Fund for €20,000 up to €50,000 to implement actions that will create or sustain employment opportunities for people with a criminal conviction. Projects funded under Category B must be completed within a 15 month timeframe, between 2nd May 2022 and 31st July 2023.

Due to the limited amount of funding available, organisations are only able to submit one application form; that is, apply for one grant only.

Applicants apply under Category A: Feasibility/Market Research or Category B: Jobs Creation Fund.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate that how their project will contribute to creating or maintaining employment opportunities for people with a criminal conviction who are finding it difficult to secure employment. Creating new employment will be prioritised by the Fund over maintaining a current employee in a new and more advanced role. SEs who support Travellers and female offenders are particularly welcomed. 

Closing Date & Time for Applications Under Round 3 is Wednesday 12th January 2022 @3PM.

Important Dates

Key Milestones Key DatesImportant Notes
Application Form and Application Guidelines Available.25th November 2021.These will be available online on the DAF 2 Portal at 10am on the 25th November 2021.

https://www.pobal.ie/portals/

If you haven’t done so already, you must register on the portal in order to submit your application form. Please register on the portal as soon as possible.

Online support in completing your application form.Available from 10am on 25th November 2021 to 3pm on 12th January 2022.Telephone: 01 511 7222

Email:onlinesupport@pobal.ie

Submit application form with supporting documents on the Portal.By Wednesday 12th January 2022 at 3pm.The DAF 2 Portal will automatically close at this date and time.
Application Forms in draft on the DAF 2 Portal cannot be submitted after this date and time.
Webinar for potential applicants.8th of December 2:30 – 4pmYou can register here for this webinar.
Application Clinics.15th of December 2021 and 6th January 2022 .You can register here for the clinic on the 15th of December.

You can register here for the clinic on the 6th of January.

Notification of the outcome of your application.From late March 2022.Email from Pobal.
Grant agreements issued to successful applicants.30th March – 30th April 2022.Email from Pobal.
Official Grantee Start Date2nd May 2022.

Eligibility to Apply

Category A: Feasibility Study/ Market Research

Applicants must:

  • Meet the definition of social enterprise as per the definition used in the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019 – 2022, or alternatively use this fund to explore the potential of becoming a Social Enterprise that will have employment opportunities for people with a criminal conviction.
  • Have proof of legal status and operate in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Have written approval to hire person(s) with a criminal conviction.
  • Submit the completed application form via the Pobal DAF 2 Portal by Wednesday 12th January 2022 @3pm.

Category B: Jobs Creation Fund

Social Enterprises, as described by the National Social Enterprise Policy, must:

  • Provide Match Funding of at least 10%.
  • Have proof of legal status and operate in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Be operating as a social enterprise for more than 2 years.
  • Have written approval to hire person(s) with a criminal conviction.
  • Submit the completed application form via the Pobal DAF 2 Portal by Wednesday 12th January 2022 @3pm.

Organisations who received funding for a Feasibility Study under the Kickstart Round 1 or 2 Funds will be eligible to apply under Jobs Creation Fund of Round 3 of the KickStart Fund.

Organisations that were funded previously and successfully progressed KickStart Round 2 Strand 2 projects may also apply for funding under KickStart Round 3:

  • to ensure employment of a new person(s) with a criminal conviction to the SE.
  • to maintain employment of a person with a criminal conviction currently employed but in a new or advanced role with demonstrably greater responsibility. Please note that KickStart Round 3 is not a continuation fund of the previous KickStart Round. In addition, funding to maintain employment for the same person under future rounds is not guaranteed, following the end of KickStart Round 3.

Programme Contact Details

Programme Contact Details

T. 01 511 7222
E. onlinesupport@pobal.ie