We provide supports and training to community groups to set up Social Enterprises and we also administer the Social Enterprise Small Grants Scheme.
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.
Our new SEED Project will provide free training in setting up and running Social Enterprises from February to June 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.
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.