National Social Enterprise Census

National Social Enterprise Census


The Irish Local Development Network the national body representing Ireland’s 49 Local Development Companies have today welcomed the decision by the Department of Rural and Community Development to award the contract to implement Ireland’s first National Social Enterprise Census to a consortium comprising SERI (Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland)  ILDN and Amárach Consulting

ILDN members have a network of over 80 social enterprise support officers nationwide who deliver a wide range of supports to social enterprises through the LEADER, SICAP, Social Enterprise Regeneration Programme and the Community Services Programme.

Welcoming the announcement, ILDN CEO Joe Saunders said; “the significant benefit for Irish communities and society generally is that, for the first time, we will get a comprehensive picture of the impact of the sector that will allow for more accurate planning and resourcing. The Social Enterprise sector is a huge contributor to economic well-being and social justice in this country and ILDN welcomes the opportunity to play a further role in developing its future.”

ILDN Chairperson, Jim Finn, commented that “the Minister for Rural and Community Development and her officials are to be commended for recognising the need for this pioneering Census and for ensuring the resources to operate it.”

The National Social Enterprise Census will be completed in the second half of 2022.

Upcoming Business Training & Workshops

Upcoming Business Training & Workshops

Over the coming months we have some fantastic online workshops and training programmes, designed to support Businesses that are eligible for LEADER funding.

The suite of training available includes

  • ‘Effective Marketing Strategies for Business’,
  • ‘Facebook and Instagram for Business‘,
  • ‘Beyond 2021 – Adapting your Business’
  • ‘Building Resilience for Business Owners’
  • ‘Understanding Financials for Small Businesses’

Click here for full details with schedule of delivery dates and times

These courses are fully funded by CLDC’s LEADER programme and delivered by Blueprint Coaching.  There is no financial cost to you for participation.

This  training is for micro and small businesses that are eligible under the LEADER Rural Development Programme. (RDP).
Training Support to Employment Fund

Training Support to Employment Fund

CLDC under it’s Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) have a Training Support to Employment (TSE) fund that may help people who are unemployed to complete a training course that will lead to employment.

Applicants must;

  • be a minimum of 9 months unemployed
  • have Leaving Certificate, QQI Level 5 or less
  • be experiencing disadvantage

Training Support to Employment (TSE) Fund Criteria

  • All applications are subject to eligibility and funding constraints.
  • Training courses must lead directly to employment/self-employment.
  • The focus is on short-term courses, maximum length is 12 months.
  • Only courses up to and including QQI level 5 will be considered under this fund.
  • Industry related training can be considered.
  • Applications can only be made towards the cost of course and exam fees, no other costs are eligible.
  • Only one successful application is allowed per year.
  • If in receipt of a Social Welfare payment, evidence is required if unsuccessful in accessing funding from DEASP
  • The maximum amount of funding anyone can apply for is €500.
  • If the course cost exceeds €500, they will have to show that they are able to pay the additional costs.
  • If the course cost is under €500, if successful with the application, SICAP will aim to cover up to 90% of course costs with the remaining 10% covered by the person, subject to availability of funding.

For Further Information Contact: Helen Derham 087 9328168,

Funding to establish Traveller Community Development Project Secured for Clare

Funding to establish Traveller Community Development Project Secured for Clare

Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) is delighted to announce that a collaborative application to the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Pilot Project Community Development Fund has been successful. This application was made on behalf of four organisations in Clare which include CLDC, Clare Women’s Network, Clare Public Participation Network and the HSE’s Mid-West Traveller Health Unit and endorsed by many other community and voluntary organisations around the county.

More than 120 projects around the country applied for this funding and the Clare collaborative group are delighted to have been one of only 7 successful applications to the one million euro fund.  Doirin Graham, CEO of Clare Local Development Company welcomed the news saying that this much needed funding would secure a Traveller specific initiative. ‘We want to ensure that Travellers are involved at every level of this project and are front and centre in the decision making roles. With our organisations’ support we can lend the institutional and governance guidance to help to get the project up and running and to support it until it is on a solid footing’.

The application itself highlighted the urgent need for a Traveller specific organisation in Clare and where effective methods of participation by the Traveller community in the decisions that affect their lives have not been established. One of the issues for the Traveller community in Clare is accessing funding available for training, mentorships, social enterprises, educational and political advocacy. Without a dedicated organisation there is no entity working with the community to support them to identify these needs and to apply for funding to respond to them.

It is this gap in targeted support that prompted the four collaborating organisations to apply for this fund. It is their explicit aim that over the proposed three years of the scheme the Traveller Community Development Organisation will become fully independent and Traveller –led and develop a strong grassroots voice to address social exclusion, poverty, and to advocate for Traveller’s Human Rights.

On hearing the news, Sarah Clancy of Clare PPN, noted that in recent years “Ireland has seen members of the Traveller community making huge strides in fields of education, literature, sports, music, politics, law and the art and she hopes that this fund will be a stepping stone towards equality for the Traveller community and that it will be able to build on previous work done by Ennis Community Development Project, the Traveller community themselves and other such organisations in Clare”.

It is hoped that the final details of the project will be finalised over the coming weeks and CLDC and their collaborating partners welcome people who would like more information to contact Darina Greene on 0879086561 or


Clare Local Development Company through its SICAP program aims to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality in Clare through supporting communities and individuals using community development approaches, engagement and collaboration.

Clare PPN is a network of community, voluntary, environmental and social inclusion groups from Clare. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the formal participation by the community sector in Clare County Council’s policy formation structures.

Clare Women’s Network supports and encourages the coming together of women’s groups and individual women in Clare. Its work is guided by women’s equality, inclusion, community development and feminist principles.

The Traveller Health Unit (THU) is underpinned by the social determinants of health that are at the root of Traveller health inequalities. This approach enables a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.


SICAP 2020 Case Study

SICAP 2020 Case Study


In an effort to demonstrate the work of SCIAP 2 we have produced a number of case studies. Read our 2020 Working Life in Ireland case study here