Announcing the funding, Minister Ring said:
“Social Enterprises are providing valuable services and supports in communities across Ireland. To assist them in their work, I announced the Small Capital Grants Scheme in October. We received an overwhelming response to this call for funding, with the scheme heavily over-subscribed.
“Following an assessment of all the applications received, I am pleased to be able to announce the allocation of €1 million to 124 social enterprises around the country. The grants of between €2,000 and €15,000 which are being awarded will help these enterprises to achieve their social, environmental and economic objectives.
Social enterprises are businesses whose core objective is to achieve a social, societal, or environmental impact. Like other businesses, social enterprises pursue their objectives by trading in goods and services on an ongoing basis. However, surpluses generated by social enterprises are re-invested into achieving the core social objectives.
They frequently work to support disadvantaged groups such as the long-term unemployed, people with disabilities, travellers, etc., or to address issues such as food poverty, social housing, or environmental matters.
Mr. Taits Café produces high quality nutritious meals and excellent service at a reasonable and affordable cost.
Our trained staff produce fresh, light and healthy meals each day as well as developing new menu items to meet the changing needs and tastes of people who care about what they eat and value for money.