Social Enterprise Start-up Fund 2022: ReThink Ireland

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The Social Enterprise Start-up Fund 2022 is an €800,000 fund delivered over two years: 2021 – 2022 to support social enterprises at the start-up / early stage of their life cycle, to embed strong business principles and, in turn, deliver social impact, create jobs and inspire an emerging, next generation of Irish social enterprises. The Fund will provide critical support to the most innovative and impactful start-up social enterprises across Ireland, supporting them to:

  • Build a plan to grow their social enterprise,
  • Map their key stakeholders and customers,
  • Create networks within the social enterprise sector,
  • Increase their financial sustainability,
  • Communicate their vision and mission to a wider audience.


In 2022, the fund offers (up to) 20 Awardees:
1. Cash grants
2. Business supports
3. A place on the Accelerator Programme


Applications are invited from social enterprises (project) that are at an early stage of their development and are looking to fully establish themselves in the market.

Applications are open from Friday, January 28th until Friday, March 4th.


Applicants are invited to complete a short application form. Based on this application, Rethink Ireland will identify a shortlist of applicants who have met the required criteria and award 20 applicants from the shortlist.

The Fund was created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.


More details at Social Enterprise Start-up Fund 2022 – Rethink Ireland.

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