Awardees Approved for Growth Funding

Social Innovation Fund Ireland is delighted to announce that the following three Awardees are approved for Growth Funding. These organisations are now searching for funding to enable them to grow as an organisation and to reach their strategic goals. If they reach their fundraising target Social Innovation Fund Ireland will then draw down a 100% match to this amount, provide a cash uplift on the capital secured and assign a dedicated team to support the organisation to achieve targets for scale. These Awardees are as follows: 

ALONE Bconnect

THINKTECH Awardee ALONE has created a new BConnect service which connects organisations and individuals with the knowledge, training and technology they need to support people to live independently at home. ALONE in doing this will empower and promote the independence of older people while increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of services for older people in Ireland. This will build the capacity of communities to respond to the needs of older people and will help achieve the vision in the National positive Aging Strategy.

Through the Growth Fund, ALONE aims to support 100 organisations and an additional 22,000 people to age at home with the support of BConnect by 2023.

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Social Enterprise Development Fund and Resilient Communities Fund Awardee GIY address the challenge of diet-related illness arising from a lack of understanding and connection to healthy food. GIY is a food activist social enterprise with a mission to create a healthier,
happier and more sustainable world by inspiring and supporting people to grow food. They are passionate believers in the power of food growing experiences to put people on a path to a healthier, happier and more sustainable lifestyle. In 2019 they will inspire
and support 500,000 people to grow their own food for the first time in Ireland and the UK.

Through the Growth Fund, GIY aim to support 3.3 million people to grow their own food at home, school, work and in their communities by 2023. Also, they aim to significantly increase their scale and impact and bring about transformative change in Irish society.

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Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance

Social Enterprise Development Awardee Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance, builds quality homes and offers them to those who could not afford to buy their own home on the open market. Their goal is to develop and support fully-integrated communities, to deliver well designed, top-quality, energy efficient homes at an affordable price, and to ensure its co-operative model for affordable housing can be replicated and scaled across the country.

The Irish Government want 20,000 affordable houses built by 2025. Through the Growth Fund, O’Cualann aim to build 5,000 of these homes and use their model to inspire others to follow suit.

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The Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA) supports the development, sustainability and growth of men’s sheds in Ireland. Men’s sheds are community spaces which allow men to come together, work on community projects, share skills and forge new friendships. Since its formation in 2011, the Irish Men’s Sheds Association has overseen a period of profound growth. Under the stewardship of the IMSA, the number of recognised of sheds in Ireland has mushroomed from zero in 2011, to well over 450 today.

With the support of Social Innovation Fund Ireland, the number of men’s sheds in Ireland is expected to reach 600 by the end of 2021. Ireland already enjoys the greatest concentration of men’s sheds in the world, and SIFI’s support means 600 communities, and tens of thousands of men, will have access to innovative, life-changing social opportunities right on their doorsteps.

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