KickStart Round 2

Strand 1: Feasibility and Market Research Fund

Strand 2: Start-up, Development and Job Creation Fund

As part of the Dormant Accounts Fund Action plan for 2020, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Probation Service invited applications from social enterprises in Ireland to provide employment opportunities for those with a criminal past who find it difficult to access the labour market. This is the second round of the KickStart Fund. A budget of €1 million was made available for successful applicants.

The funding is underpinned by two strategies. The 2017 Department of Justice and Equality strategy A New Way Forward which aims to: implement a new and innovative way of tackling re-offending rates; create safer communities; and ensure fewer victims through employment opportunities for people with a criminal past.

The National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland 2019 – 2022 was published by the Department of Rural and Community Development to build awareness of, grow and strengthen social enterprises.

Social enterprises were invited to apply for grants from one of two strands:

  • Strand 1: Grants of between €5,000 and €15,000 to carry out a feasibility study or market research to develop or expand their social enterprise to create employment opportunities for those with a criminal past.
  • Strand 2: Grants of between €20,000 and €50,000 to implement actions that will create or maintain employment opportunities for those with a criminal past.

Resources

KickStart Round 2 Resources

Programme Contact Details

Pobal Online Support

T. 01 511 7222
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