Grants

Enterprise Support Grant

The ESG is designed to support new enterprises to set up under BTWEA or STEA. An INTREO Case Officer can approve a grant for someone seeking employment under this scheme where an applicant must be able to demonstrate (by way of documentary evidence – a bank statement or similar) if requested by a Case Officer that they are able to make a matching contribution of at least 20% to access the level of grant support available. In general, funding will relate to start-up expenses but can be accessed over the duration of the BTWEA/STEA scheme.

 

The projected costs looking to be supported by this grant should be included in the business proposal and the plan submitted in respect of the BTWEA/STEA, as should the ability of the applicant to provide matching funds. Costs that are not anticipated in the planning process can be considered during the lifetime of the enterprise support where the participant remains in contact with the case officer and advises him/her on ongoing progress. A maximum amount available is €2,500 (to the upper limit for each business category in the table below) for the 24 month period of the BTWEA claim. For those on STEA it will be on a pro-rata basis €1000 Max (9 months) and €625 (6 months).

 

The level of funding that is granted, if any, is at the discretion of the INTREO Case Officers. This is a discretionary fund and a jobseeker does not have an entitlement to access this programme other than by way of meeting the eligibility criteria, meeting quality requirements, and subject to the provision of sufficient funds to meet the costs arising.

 

HOW TO APPLY:
All applications to be sent to your local INTREO Centre
Dublin South City Partnership Enterprise Team can support you in the application process.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/52fb76-enterprise-support-grant/
Enterprise Support Grant – Rates of Payment

 

The maximum amount payable is €2,500 for the 24 month period of the BTWEA claim. For those on STEA it will be on a pro-rata basis €1000 Max (9 months) and €625 Max (6 months).

The level of funding that is granted, if any, is at the discretion of the department Case Officers. This is a discretionary fund and operates within the principles of administrative law.

A jobseeker does not have an entitlement to access this programme other than by way of meeting the eligibility criteria, meeting quality requirements, and subject to the provision of sufficient funds to meet the costs arising.

HOW TO APPLY:
All applications to be sent to your local INTREO Centre
Dublin South City Partnership Enterprise Team can support you in the application process.

For more information visit: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/52fb76-enterprise-support-grant/

 

Enterprise Support Grant for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
The Enterprise Support Grant is available to assist eligible self-employed recipients who close their COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

This will provide business owners with a grant of up to €1,000 to restart their business which was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you claimed the grant in 2020 but found yourself back on COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment in 2021, you will be able to access the €1,000 grant for a second time if you close your COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment on or after 1 June 2021.

 

For more information visit: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/739f3-enterprise-support-grant-for-buisnesses-impacted-by-covid-19/

 

Trading Online Voucher

Grow your business online with help through the Government’s National Digital Strategy. The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is designed to assist small businesses with up to 10 employees to trade more online, boost sales and reach new markets. Participating in this scheme can make the process of trading online much easier for you.

It offers financial assistance of up to €2,500 with co-funding of 50% from the business along with training and advice to help your business trade online. Cutting the cost of developing your online trading capacity by up to 50% can make this investment very affordable for many small businesses out there.

 

The vouchers are targeted at businesses with the following profile:

 

  • Limited or no e-commerce presence
  • 10 or less employees;
  • Turnover less than €2m;
  • Applicant business must be trading for at least 6 Months**;
  • Business must be located in the area covered by the LEO to whom they make their application i.e. LEOs cannot accept applications from businesses located outside their jurisdiction.

For more information visit: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Discover-Business-Supports/Trading-Online-Voucher-Scheme-/

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