Social enterprise grant awardees announced by Oakfield Trust

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

Over €45,000 in funding has been awarded to eleven social enterprises nationally by a Clondalkin-based social enterprise.

In March 2023, Oakfield Trust launched a new grant funding scheme for social enterprises and social entrepreneurs that are focused on making a social impact in the community.

In August, the trust announced eleven grant awardees from a diverse range of activities within the social enterprise sector including mental health, the arts, gambling addiction recovery, disability support, online child protection, the circular economy and sustainability and a queer housing co-operative.

The awardees were Aisteach Queer Housing Co-operative, Camden Palace Hotels, Change Clothes Crumlin, Connections Arts Centre CLG, CyberSafeKids, Flip the Script, Helplink Mental Health, Pocket Forests, PsyCare Ireland: Welfare and Harm Reduction CLG, ReCreate Ireland (Arts and Education Supply Store Limited), THRIVE Recovery CLG.

“This an exciting day for Oakfield Trust and a significant milestone for us,” said Gareth Ebbs, Social Impact Manager at Oakfield Trust.

“We look forward to seeing the impact it makes for these very worthy organisations. Running a programme like this allows you the privilege of a deep insight into what is an incredibly diverse, committed, and talented sector of individuals and organisations.

“There were also many other worthy organisations doing great work, who we were not able to support this time around.

“We aspire to be able to assist more and more social enterprises in the future, as we build our momentum in supporting the development of social enterprise in South Dublin and beyond.”

Oakfield Trust is a registered charity, which has been successfully supporting community organisations and social enterprises in the locality for over 26 years.

During that time, it has provided a range of property-based supports to a number of projects in the Clondalkin area, including feasibility studies, start-up grants, business development supports, project loans, project management and capacity development.

The new social enterprise fund is Oakfield Trust’s first ‘open fund’ which any interested and relevant party can apply for.

Applications from the Clondalkin and South Dublin County areas are particularly encouraged but projects nationwide are also considered.

The next application window will be announced in Spring 2024.

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