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New fund for women opened in Ireland

Howard Lake | 3 March 2019 | News

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) in Ireland has launched a €1.8 million fund to support charities and social enterprises that seek to enhance the economic mobility of women.
The Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund, is a partnership over three years between SIF, the Bank of America and the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by SIF via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
The Fund is designed specifically to equip organisations to expand their business acumen, drive growth and deepen their impact across Ireland. In particular it will empower women to progress their education or progress into new or more sustainable employment.
The specific targets for the Fund over three years are to empower 1,000 women to find and secure sustained employment across Ireland by investing in organisations that provide training, upskilling, education and other services directly to women experiencing disadvantage and to double the impact of successful applicants by providing growth capital and support to organisations with a proven track record of social impact.
Grants will be between €50,000 – €100,000 per year for three years as well as a bespoke business supports package designed to equip not for profit organisations to expand their business acumen, drive growth and deepen their impact.
The core criteria for the Women’s Fund are:

The Fund is open for applications until 18th April 2019, with application details on the Social Innovation Fund website.



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