Social Innovation Fund Ireland is a national organisation supporting Ireland’s best social innovations through cash grants and business supports.
Our purpose is to make Ireland a better more inclusive place through social innovation.
Every euro we raise in philanthropy is matched by Government through the Department of Rural and Community Development from the Dormant Accounts Fund and more recently through the Departments of Employment and Social Protection and Children and Youth Affairs.
We partner with corporates, SME’s, families and individuals who want new, tangible and
real-world ways to tackle some of the pressing issues facing our country today
Absent: Jessica Curtis & Padraic Vallely
We work with our partners to find the best charities and social enterprises from all four corners of Ireland and provide them with grants, supports and access to networks.
These organisations have found sustainable and effective solutions to our most critical social issues, predominantly, in health, education, economic empowerment and climate justice.
We work with them so they can thrive and spread these solutions across the country.
Ultimately, we strive to build a healthier, happier, more inclusive Ireland where everyone has access to opportunities such as education and jobs. Together, with our partners, we have the power to make great change.
Absent: Ailbhe Keane, Dalton Philips & John Higgins
In 2013, the Government set a target for Social Innovation Fund Ireland to raise over €5 million in philanthropic funding. We’re delighted to have exceeded that target, by raising over €6 million.And we’re just getting started. The Programme for Government has committed to increasing the scale of SIFI matched funding to €50 million, creating a potential €100 million fund for social innovation. This has the potential to be transformative for Ireland.
Our mission is to provide growth capital and supports to the best social innovations in Ireland, enabling them to scale and maximize their impact.
Our vision is to create the world’s best eco-system for social innovation in Ireland.
- We work with our hearts and our heads – we value compassion, passion and fun.
- We take smart risks and we allow permission to fail because we know that innovation and risk are two sides of the same coin.
- We believe that social change is a team sport – we use influence and engagement to build trusted relationships, and we choose to collaborate to achieve our goals.
- We demonstrate curiosity and a hunger to learn.
- We value bold ideas, and bold leadership, and we develop remarkable people.