The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

Enterprise Supports

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

TO APPLY
You must be on jobseekers allowance. See www.welfare.ie for more information.

Stages in the Application Process:

  1. Confirm eligibility of payment with your local DSP if you are uncertain
  2. Make an appointment on 091 773 466 to speak to our Enterprise Officer
  3. You will need to complete the following forms. These are provided for you by our Enterprise Officer.
    • An abridged business plan
    • A cash flow forecast
    • A BTW2 form or STEA for Short-term applications on job seekers benefit
    • A TRI – tax registration form
  4. Another appointment will be necessary to discuss the above submitted documents
  5. Attend a business course
  6. Your application is then ready to be recommended to the Department of Social Protection, who approves if the application is satisfactory.

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Social Enterprise

At the Galway City Partnership we consider a social enterprise as “ … an enterprise that trades for a social/societal purpose, where at least part of its income is earned from its trading activity, is separate from government and where the surplus is primarily reinvested in the social objective”

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Local Enterprise Board (LEO)
The Local Enterprise Board is also here to help people start their own business. A link to their Website is
https://www.localenterprise.ie/Galway/