New €1 million fund for social entrepreneurs

The Arthur Guinness Fund has opened for applications from social entrepreneurs around Ireland, with up to €1 million available to those who have projects that are innovative, influential, and sustainable.

Established as part of the Guinness 250 celebrations, the Arthur Guinness Fund pays tribute to Arthur Guinness and his philanthropic legacy. Guinness & Co. is working with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland to implement the fund.

A new dimension has been added to the Arthur Guinness Fund this year in the form of a Challenge Grant, which invites applications from start-up projects with grants of up to €25,000 per annum for two years. Applications from social entrepreneurs who are at a more advanced stage (ideally two to five years in existence ) can also apply, with grants of up to €50,000 per annum for two years. In addition, all successful applicants will benefit from access to the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Alumni Network.

Applicants are asked to register their project under one of six specific categories: Technology and Social Media for Social Good, Skills for Life, Enriching the Environment, Social and Community Regeneration, Culture and Arts and Community Wellbeing. A final open category is also available to projects that do not fit within any of the specific categories, but are still working towards sustainable social change in Ireland.

For more information and to apply to the fund, please visit www.guinness.com/en-ie/arthursday/apply2011 html

The closing date for applications is November 10.

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