‘Ignite’ means to ‘spark’ or ‘set in motion’. The objective of the Ignite Fund is to spark meaningful social impact in communities across Ireland by providing support to some of the most innovative charities and social enterprises. Several private philanthropists have been inspired to provide substantial support to organisations addressing some of the most critical social issues we face today. The Department of Rural and Community Development has committed to matching their support euro for euro.
On 17th September 2019, Social Innovation Fund Ireland selected six successful and exceptional organisations. These Awardees are spread across into four separate categories under the themes of ‘Empowering Families’, ‘Youth Resilience’, ‘Harnessing Ability’ and ‘Music to Impact’.
Through the Ignite Fund, we will support each Awardee through cash grants, business supports and a place on a world-class Accelerator Programme. The Accelerator Programme focuses on building Awardees’ capacity and equipping them to scale so they can reach more people in need of their work.
This €550,000 Ignite Fund was made possible by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with several private philanthropists 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 from the Dormant Accounts Fund.