Three social enterprise projects in Kildare are set to receive government grants in time for Christmas, Martin Heydon, Kildare South TD and Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party has said.

Deputy Heydon said: “Greise Youth Theatre, Cottage Market Newbridge and Kildare Small Jobs are very deserving recipients of Government grants for the work they do. They will receive €22,525 from the Small Capital Grants Scheme which comes from the Dormant Accounts Fund. The grant is designed to help them to achieve their social, environmental and economic objectives.

“My colleague Michael Ring TD the Minister for Rural & Community Development, confirmed today that €1.045 million in funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund will go to 124 social enterprise projects across the country.

“Examples of items being supported through the Small Capital Grants scheme include the purchase of new kitchen equipment, computers, training material, and minor refurbishments.

“I was also glad to hear Minister Ring confirm that there will be further allocations of funding in 2020 from these that have applied. He says he also intends to make an announcement very shortly on funding for Training and Mentoring for Social Enterprises which is really positive.”