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Interested in Social Enterprise?

Published: Wed, 30 Aug 2017
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The event will be held at Rantalard House, Rathcoole on Wednesday, Sept 6
Do you have a brilliant idea for a social enterprise in your local area but not sure where to begin? Then come along to an information day in Newtownabbey.
We are hosting the event in our office at Rantalard House, Rathcoole on Wednesday, Sept 6 at 10am.
Staff will be on hand to provide information about the ours hugely successful Social Housing Enterprise programme.
Grants of £10,000, £20,000, £50,000 are available each year aimed at developing economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities through the creation and development of social housing enterprises.
Small awards for business start-up, education and training awards of up to £1000 are open year-round, until funds are depleted.
We are keen to hear from groups and individuals keen to set up new social enterprises and existing social enterprises which are keen to ‎expand.
Since its launch in 2015, we have already invested nearly £1million - creating 37 new jobs and supporting a further 24 existing posts - in communities through its Social Housing Enterprise programme.
Dozens of local projects across Northern Ireland have received grants for a range of initiatives including: a filmmaker in Derry, community cafés in north Belfast and Coleraine, mental health support services and furniture upcycling initiatives in Newry and Fermanagh.
Our local Area Manager Sharon Crooks said:
“I would encourage anyone with a business idea who lives in one of our estates to come along and talk to our Social Housing Enterprise team. They can talk you through the application process and listen to your ideas.
“It’s also inspiring to hear about the many individuals and community groups that have already been helped by this programme.”