In February 2017, under the umbrella of the Dormant Accounts Fund, the then Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs announced a competitive call for proposals from social enterprises that provide services to, or employment opportunities for, disadvantaged people, particularly in rural areas.
The aim of the Social Enterprise measure supported by the Dormant Accounts Fund is to increase the impact of social enterprises by enhancing their capacity to deliver services and generate traded income through the provision of small capital grants and capacity support funding.
In June 2017, following completion of the application and assessment process, an allocation of €1.648 million in funding was made available to 42 social enterprise projects across the country.
This included one social enterprise project based in County Galway, the Galway Traveller Movement Company Limited by Guarantee, which was allocated funding of €66,039.
A further allocation under the Social Enterprise measure of the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan will be announced shortly.