‘Kickstart’ Seed Fund Programme founded to support Social Enterprises

A new jobs initiative to support the development of social enterprises and increase employment for people with criminal convictions was launched in the Probation Service on 2 July.

The ‘Kickstart’ Seed Fund programme will provide matching grants of up to €30,000 to organisations providing employment to former offenders and persons leaving prison. A total of €300,000 has been approved for the programme under the Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme.

The closing date for receipt of applications under the ‘Kickstart’ Seed Fund programme has been extended to Friday, 31 August at 5 p.m.

Further details in relation to the scheme and the application process can be accessed here .