Social Enterprise Supports

We provide supports and training to community groups to set up and run Social Enterprises.

COVID-19 update: we're offering free mentoring by phone and online to help local Social Enterprises trade successfully and plan your future business activity in these uncertain times.

SEED Project

SEED Project logo

Our SEED Project provided free training in setting up and running Social Enterprises during 2020. SEED stands for Social Enterprise Expansion and Development. The SEED project aims to build a more vibrant and sustainable Social Enterprise sector and help groups build their capacity to trade successfully. The project is a collaboration between Bray Area Partnership and Southside Partnership and covers the Bray and Greystones Municipal District and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown areas. 

Check out the SEED Project showreel to find out about the Social Enterprises supported by SEED in 2020. 

A Social Enterprise is a business that trades in order to provide goods and services in the community, tackle problems in society and address environmental issues. Profits generated from trading are reinvested back into the business or local community. Examples of social enterprises could be a community café or shop, a recycling or upcycling project or a workshop creating products for sale – perhaps providing training or employment for marginalised groups. To find out more about social enterprises, explore an idea you may have or find out about the training and supports available, call Eithne Gunning on 01 286 8266.


Social Enterprise Case Study: Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme

Bray Area Partnership was instrumental in the setting up of the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme, which provides free energy efficiency works for home owners on a low income living anywhere in Co. Wicklow, including Bray and surrounding counties. It's easy to apply and services include attic insulation, draught-proofing and cavity wall insulation.