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Visa’s She’s Next Grant Programme in Ireland

Following the success of the inaugural 2021 programme in Ireland, Visa is continuing its commitment to support women entrepreneurs through the She’s Next Grant Programme in partnership with IFundWomen. For a second consecutive year, She’s Next is returning to Ireland, but on a larger scale, to continue to address the challenges and barriers faced by women entrepreneurs. Through She’s Next, Visa wants to challenge the status quo and empower women through providing funding, expertise and coaching.  

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Visa’s global programme is back with more funding and resources advancing women-owned small businesses around the world.

Through this initiative, five women-owned businesses in Ireland will receive a €10,000 grant and one-year of IFW Coaching services to help drive the growth of their businesses and impact on their local communities. 

Programme Criteria

• The entrant is a legal resident of Ireland; and is only open to residents of the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland.
• The entrant’s business must be at least 51% women-owned and operate their business in Ireland 
• The entrant’s business must have a minimum annual revenue of €10K or more
• The entrant’s business must have been operating for at least one (1) year
• The entrant must have a legitimate and compelling digital presence such as a website, online ordering function or platform, social media presence or can accept digital payments

Check out the Official Rules for Visa’s She’s Next Grant Programme in Ireland

Visa is making an impact

Meet the women-owned businesses from around the world who have been selected by Visa to receive monetary grants & coaching services. These founders demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurship stories, problems their products or services are solving, and potential for growth. Now you can show your support for their small businesses and contribute even more funding to their campaigns!

Carolanne Rushe

Sweet Beat is a plantbased cafe based on the banks of the Garavogue River in Sligo town.  The menu at Sweet Beat caters to everyone, not just the every day vegan. Plantbased has allowed a lot of people in their community to try out our food and have really loved it. 

Rosie Joyce

The Habit Store is the only minimal waste grocery store in the main town of Castlebar, Mayo that gives people the option to shop package and plastic free. They buy all our products in bulk and people fill their own containers and cut out unnecessary packaging. They stock nearly 100 organic dry goods, oils, body products and homewares that are all sustainably sourced. 

Suzanne Moloney

HidraWear is advanced wearable wound care garments and wound dressings for people with a debilitating disease called hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), that causes painful draining lesions in the armpits and groin. Disease onset occurs in the teenage years, and it is incurable.

Tammy Darcy

The Shona Project CLG aims to educate, empower and inspire today’s Irish girls to become tomorrow’s resilient, capable and confident young women. To ensure that all Irish girls have the skills, tools and self-esteem they need to achieve their potential, TSP's approach includes school workshops, the development of a positive online community and events & projects.

Áine McGurk

Dainty Bear is an Irish owned high end baby & childrenswear online store specializing in quality clothing, shoes and accessories. Their footwear and clothing ranges are designed in Dublin and are proudly approved by the Design Council of Ireland. They specialize in traditional yet stylish occasion wear for babies and children under 5.

6 Quick grant tips from the IFundWomen Coaches

  1.  The way you tell your story matters!  Your pitch should articulate the problem you’re solving, the solution your business provides, and why you are uniquely qualified to create your solution.  Ensure your pitch is clear, concise, and powerful.
  2. Whenever possible throughout your application, make sure to include how your business will use the money.
  3. Utilise the Grant Planner in our IFundWomen Method Playbook! This is a free resource to support you through your grant writing process. 
  4. Read through all of the Official Rules before applying to a grant. It’s super important to make sure you understand what you are applying for, and to ensure you fit the qualifications for each grant. 
  5. Get support - We offer private coaching sessions on how to fill out grant applications! Go ahead and sign up for our Monthly plan here. Then, be sure to book your private “Grant Writing Basics” session with an expert IFundWomen coach. 
  6. Watch our Grant Writing workshops! Go ahead and explore your IFundWomen Workshop Library (available with any coaching plan) to view our Grant Writing workshops. The most successful grant applications are the most prepared.



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Check out the Official Rules for Visa's She’s Next Irish Grant Programme.