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Scaling Up Fund - Learning Hub, pictured above, has been awarded €10,000 where a feasibility study will take place for the development of a coherent city-wide horticulture social enterprise. Scaling Up Fund - Learning Hub, pictured above, has been awarded €10,000 where a feasibility study will take place for the development of a coherent city-wide horticulture social enterprise.

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Scaling Up Fund rewards three Limerick social enterprises as they receive over €135,000 in total

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Scaling Up Fund – Learning Hub, pictured above, has been awarded €10,000 where a feasibility study will take place for the development of a coherent city-wide horticulture social enterprise.

The three selected are ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Hope for People with Autism, and the Learning Hub

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ellie McCarthy

Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, made the announcement on who the successful applicants were at Ireland’s Social Enterprise Conference.

Three excellent Limerick social enterprises have received over €135,000 combined under the government’s Scaling Up Fund.


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The three selected charities are ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, Hope for People with Autism, and the Learning Hub, as announced by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development.

The Scaling-Up Fund will support these social enterprises to help grow and develop their services.

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, located in Rossbrien, received a generous €82,191 so the charity can receive refurbishment work in ADAPT’s refuge that will enhance their education, training, and shop storage area. The refurbishments make it better overall for everyone involved.

Hope for People with Autism, which is located in Co Limerick received €43,479. This was to fund the development of a café that will provide employment opportunities for people with autism. A fantastic idea and hopefully this will be the start of more helpful businesses like this that cater to everyone.

The Learning Hub that is situated in Kileely has been awarded €10,000 where a feasibility study will take place for the development of a coherent city-wide horticulture social enterprise.

Heather Humphreys TD announced the news on Thursday, November 17 at Ireland’s fourth national Social Enterprise Conference and said, “The Scaling-Up Fund will support these Social Enterprises to grow and develop their services, carry out capital works, purchase vehicles and other infrastructure projects.”

“Social Enterprises are so often on the front line for communities throughout the country, providing goods and services, supporting our vulnerable citizens, and creating jobs.”

“The Social Enterprise sector is growing and is playing an increasingly important role in supporting our transition to a social and circular economy. But we have a duty to maintain that positive momentum.”

“We need to be ambitious about the future of this sector, which continues to experience growth and has significant potential to create jobs, and to continue to make a positive impact on society, the economy and the environment.”

In total, almost €1.5 million in funding for 34 Social Enterprise projects nationwide was announced. Under the Scaling Up Fund, Social Enterprises will be supported in carrying out a number of capital projects, including the purchase of vehicles, as well as refurbishment and improvement works at their premises.

Find out more information on the Scaling Up Fund 

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