DAF Scaling Fund for Social Enterprises

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The DAF Scaling Fund for Social Enterprises scheme is designed to improve the impact and sustainability of social enterprises that address economic, social, and educational disadvantage, or support those with a disability.

The fund is issued by Pobal, who work on behalf of Government to support communities and local agencies toward achieving social inclusion and development.

The fund comprises of two separate strands, one for feasibility studies and the second for medium-scale capital works.

Strand 1 – Medium Scale Capital Projects for minimum of Stream 1 will provide funding for medium scale capital projects from a minimum of €40,000 up to a maximum of €100,000 to carry out capital works to improve the impact, quality/productivity, and sustainability of social enterprise operations through the acquisition of capital equipment, technology and/or site and buildings works.


Strand 2- Feasibility Studies for up to €10,000 to carry out a feasibility study. This stream will support feasibility studies, which will enable applicants to research the potential for expanding or scaling their goods/services offering with a view to further increasing the direct impact of the social enterprise on disadvantaged populations.

Due to the limited amount of funding available, organisations are only able to submit one application form; that is, apply for one grant only. Applicants can apply under Strand 1: Medium Scale Capital Projects or Strand 2: Feasibility Study.

DAF Scaling Fund for Social Enterprises Important Dates

Application Procedures Key Dates Important Notes
Application Form and Guidelines Available Now Website: www.pobal.ie
Pobal Application Supports Available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm Telephone: 01 5117222
Email: onlinesupport@pobal.ie
Pobal Webinars for Applicants Online Information Event: 18 August 2022
Online Application Clinic: 1 September 2022
Information Session 18 August 2.30-4pm Register Here

Online Application Clinic 1 September 2.30-4pm Register Here

Online Application Deadline 15 September 2022 at 3pm Only application forms at the status of ‘submitted‘ on the 15 September 2022 @ 15:00 hrs will be considered under this Programme for funding. The application system will automatically close at this time.


DAF Scaling Fund for Social Enterprises

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