Four local social enterprises are among the 247 groups which will receive funding from the one million euro Social Enterprises Capital Grants Scheme, Dublin Mid-West’s TD has said. Deputy Emer Higgins has welcomed the news that three groups in Clondalkin and one in Lucan will benefit from a combined €40,000 under the newly announced grant scheme. Deputy Higgins said: “This grant is designed to help local Social Enterprises in carrying out renovations or repairs to their premises and I’m delighted that four of our vital community groups will be receiving funding,” continued Deputy Higgins.
“Among the successful applicants is Knockmitten Youth & Community Centre, ACE Enterprise Park and Áras Chrónáin who are all based in Clondalkin as well as Lucan’s Disability Action Group,” continued Deputy Higgins. “I know that these local groups have done an exceptional job of continuing to administer support during the pandemic while campaigning and working on a range of matters such as disability provisions, Irish language development, local resources, youth support and business and enterprise development.
“Each of them offers a vital support to our local community, something which I saw first-hand when I recently visited ACE Enterprise Park with Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe to see how ACE are supporting and developing businesses in Dublin Mid-West,” added Deputy Higgins.
Local Clondalkin Cllr. Kenneth Egan also welcomed the grant announcement. “I’m delighted to see three groups in Clondalkin benefitting from this capital grant, it will be a great help for things like IT support, signage, bus upgrades and equipment which is really badly needed by these groups and well deserved by all of them,” said Cllr. Egan.
Deputy Higgins continued: “We have so many deserving social enterprises and community groups in Dublin Mid-West, I am delighted to see four of them being awarded under this grant. “I hope to see continued support for more groups in the future,” concluded Deputy Higgins.