Social Enterprise

Our vision is to continue to develop and support the work of social enterprises in Clare, which aim to improve the quality of life or the environment of their communities, with a particular focus on those which provide innovative supports to rural communities.
CLDC will deliver this vision through:
• Provision of grant aid, training, mentoring and Tús and Rural Social Scheme staff
• Referral to other organisations/ agencies who may be able to support them
• Fostering the development of social enterprise networks
• Capital supports.

Social Enterprise Network

[Launched January 2023]

The primary aim of the network is to give Social Enterprises in Clare a platform to interact with other like-minded people, to ask questions, share ideas, experiences & learnings, and to identify opportunities for working together and for wider collaboration.

Click the button below to read more about the CLDC Social Enterprise Network, which launched in January 2023, and the current Social Enterprise Training Programmes!

If you would like to be added to our database to be included in the invites for the 2024 events, please contact Aisling de Klerk at


See below some examples of Social Enterprises the CLDC has supported

The Burren Centre is a social enterprise catering to the needs of both tourists and locals in Kilfenora Co. Clare, providing information, education, café, meeting and exhibition spaces

Clarebus is a community based not-for profit bus transport service based in Feakle Co. Clare providing crucial local transport links throughout the county

Obair is a community development organisation providing a variety of supports to the people of Newmarket on Fergus and surrounding areas, including community crèche, afterschool, café, meals on wheels and education and training programmes

Contact us about Social Enterprises

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