Awareness Raising Initiatives for Social Enterprise (ARISE) Scheme 2021 

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 23 September 2021

Awareness Raising Initiatives for Social Enterprise (ARISE) Scheme 2021 

Applications are now invited under the ARISE Scheme 2021.

The purpose of the Awareness Raising Initiative for Social Enterprise (ARISE) scheme will be to provide funding to social enterprises and their support and network organisations to carry out awareness raising initiatives that will increase awareness of social enterprises and their potential, in line with the Awareness Raising Strategy. Funding for this scheme will be provided from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The scheme provides funding under two strands:
1.Strand One will be aimed at individual social enterprises. It is envisaged that they will tell their story and highlight how their social enterprise is improving people’s lives.
2.Strand Two will be aimed at Social Enterprise Network and Support organisations to deliver more general or sectoral messages on what social enterprises are, and their potential to deliver sustainable and inclusive development and recovery.

Projects under both strands will be required to be in line with the key messages of the Social Enterprise Awareness Raising Strategy. The Key Messages are shown in the table below.  Organisations seeking funding under this scheme will need to clearly show how these key messages will be incorporated into their awareness campaigns.


Applicants must be emailed to by 5pm on 20 October 2021. 

Following an evaluation process, all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than 30 November 2021.

The project implementation period will be from 1/1/2022 until 30/6/2022, however successful grantees will be allowed to incur expenditure from the date of notification on the outcome of their application. Please Note: Grantees who don’t progress to contract stage, will not be reimbursed for any expenditure incurred.


Applicants will be advised that all enquiries in relation to the ARISE 2021 should be directed to

See attached Guidelines 

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