‘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 .

Minister Ring announces €500,000 to support work of Men’s Sheds

Mens Shed Claremorris, Co. Mayo. National Funding announcement for the Irish mens Shed Association with Minister Michael Ring T.D. Cllr. Tom Connolly, Barry Sheridan CEO Irish Men’s Shed Association , Minister Michael Ring T.D., Eoin Martin Board Member Irish men’s Shed Association and John Fallon Chairman Claremorris Men’s Shed. Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring T.D., today announced the provision of €500,000 to support the work of Men’s Sheds throughout Ireland.  This capital funding provides small grants to individual Men’s Sheds in order to enable them to purchase equipment or to carry out minor works to improve their premises… Continue reading.

Minister Ring announces major investment of €7.8 million in digital services and facilities in public libraries

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring T.D., today, announced a major investment package for digital services and facilities in public libraries. The investment will enable ICT infrastructure upgrades, meeting space technologies and digital learning suites in public libraries across the country…Continue reading.