Are you one of Ireland’s highest-potential social entrepreneurs? Do you have what it takes to make real change across the country?
This nine-month accelerator programme will provide you with specialised support to help you to bring your project to the next level, with a view to becoming a highly impactful, effective, scalable, and sustainable organisation. As an Impact Programme Awardee your project will receive support and direct funding worth over €20,000, and you will join Ireland's largest network of social entrepreneurs working across the country to solve Ireland’s social problems quickly and effectively.
Applications to the Impact Programme open once per year. Applications for the 2021 programme will open on the 24th of February and close on the 7th of April.
Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland, the Impact Programme will initially be delivered online.
Five social entrepreneurs will be selected to participate in the Impact Programme, receiving training and support, access to a powerful network and direct funding:
Training & SupportThe Impact Programme delivers one-to-one and group training, in areas such as leadership development, communications, governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and resilience.
CommunityAs members of Ireland’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, Impact Programme Awardees receive support and mentorship from a large number of extremely experienced social entrepreneurs currently driving social change across the country, along with Ireland’s leading business experts.
FundingAwardees receive direct unrestricted funding of €20,000 to support them to build strong foundations for their organisations and grow their impact.
Property crime is one of the biggest challenges in Ireland today. Every year within every community in Ireland households and small businesses experience the trauma of being a victim of theft or burglaries. Every year An Garda Siochana recover hundreds of thousands of euros worth of stolen property from the hands of criminals, but all too often there is no way of identifying its rightful owners.
Following its pilot in Monaghan, which was delivered in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, Joint Policing Committees, Eircode, and local communities, there was an astounding 88% decrease in burglaries in the area. Since completing The Impact Programme in 2020, The Property Marking Ireland initiative is now up and running in 16 counties across Ireland with over 100,000 household valuables marked, over 350 community Gardai trained and volunteers in over 250 communities.
Property Marking Ireland aims to create a more secure property environment in rural and urban communities across the island, helping not only to reduce crime but also to reduce the fear and anxiety it causes. This crime prevention program allows An Garda Siochana to detect, identify, and return stolen property or lost property to its rightful owner through a mixture of marking goods and property with a specially designed machine and the provision of signage at community, premises and property item levels.
In June 2020, there were more than 430 bicycle robberies in Dublin, with only 6% of stolen bikes returned to their owners. Property Marking Ireland is currently targeting bicycle shops in Dublin to use their marking service which will aim to tackle the broader issue of a 40% national increase in reported bicycle thefts.
Applications to the Impact programme 2021 will open on 24th of February 2021 and close on April 7th 2021.
We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and we are committed to providing equal opportunities regardless of gender identity, marital status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or religion. (The Equal Status Acts 2000-2018)