Enniscorthy business to receive grant aid
Kilcannon Industries CLG is one of 16 social enterprises set to receive cash grants of between €10,000 and €50,000 under the 2019 Social Enterprise Development fund.
In addition, the Enniscorthy based business will also receive a place on Ireland's prestigious Accelerator programme for social enterprises.
John Evoy, from Carrigbyrne, is the Social Enterprise Development manager at Social Innovation Ireland.
Mr Evoy, who is also the founder of the Irish Men's Sheds Association, congratulated the Wexford based enterprise and the 15 other grant recipients on receiving the awards.
Trevor Jacob, who is CEO with County Wexford Community Workshop (Enniscorthy) CLG and Kilcannon Industries CLG, said winning the cash award had the potential to open up new opportunities for Kilcannon.
'Winning this award will give Kilcannon Industries CLG the opportunity to receive mentoring and advice from some successful entrepreneurs as well as the opportunity to tell our story which ultimately will enhance the lives of people with disabilities.'
Mr Jacob's enterprise addresses the lack of training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities through physical activity classes.
The award announcements were made in Bistro Le Monde in Dun Laoghaire and the grants are part of an overall €1.6m social enterprise development fund which was set up to support social enterprises around the country.
The fund helps them achieve their goals in developing social initiatives that have a measurable impact on society.
The €1.6m fund was created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and supported by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Kilcannon Industries CLG was one of seven Leinster based awardees and the 16 award winners nationwide were chosen from over 200 applicants.
The Accelerator Programme is run in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and provides intensive, expert and bespoke supports for social enterprises to help them maximise their social impact, business skills and accelerate their growth.
Speaking about the awards scheme and the significance for the recipients, Deirdre Mortell, Chief Executive Officer of SIFI, said: 'Today's awardees are a fantastic example of the type of social enterprises that are making a real difference for communities across Ireland every day.'
Ms Mortell said: 'We believe social enterprises offer high quality jobs that meet local community needs and are a big part of the future of vibrant Irish communities.'
She said the support of the SEDF will help each of the awarded projects enhance their community reach and overall growth.
George Jones, Chairman of IPB Insurance said: 'Today's Leinster awardees, made up of both Dublin and Wexford based projects, are already carrying out incredible work and with the help of this fund we can't wait to see the great things they go on to achieve.'