Applications are now open for the €1.8 million Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund. The Fund was created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with 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 Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
The Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund is the first fund in Ireland to support charities and social enterprises that seek to enhance the economic mobility of women, and is designed specifically to equip these organisations to expand their business acumen, drive growth and deepen their impact across Ireland.
Galway City Council would encourage any organisation, in Galway City, that supports and empowers women to progress their education or progress into new or more sustainable employment to apply.
The Fund has two main aims over the next 3 years:
- 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.
- To double the impact of successful applicants by providing growth capital and support to organisations with a proven track record of social impact.
It aims to do this by providing cash grants of between €50,000 - €100,000 per year for the three years as well as a range of expert business supports.
The Mná na hÉireann, Women of Ireland Fund is open for applications from 18th February 2019 – 18th April 2019
For more information and a full list of the criteria needed to apply see here: http://www.socialinnovation.ie/mna-na-heireann-fund/