€680,000 in funding has been announced for 50 Social Enterprises nationally under a new initiative designed to raise awareness of the positive role they play.
The Awareness Raising Initiative for Social Enterprise (ARISE) Scheme was set up to provide grants to these organisations to help promote the impact they have on their communities.
Due to the high number of applications received by the Department, the overall level of grant funding being allocated was increased from €500,000 to €680,000.
Five projects in Galway benefitted under the scheme including €8,150 for COPE Galway, €10,000 each for both Galway City Partnership Clg and the Galway Traveller Movement, €8,872 for Ronah Corcoran CLG (trading as Carers Network Ireland) and €5,000 for the Venture Out Wilderness Project CLG.
In Mayo there was €10,000 provided for Comharchumann Forbartha Cill tSeadhna Teo, which provides Meals on Wheels for older people, along with a Community Laundry Service.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys says the funding will support the vital work being done across the Social Enterprise sector, and ensure that Social Enterprises continue to grow and develop.