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Funding and Supports
Funding
Supports & Programmes

Established SME Funding

This section sets out the main funding supports and programmes for established small and medium sized enterprises in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors. An Established SME client is a company that is not a HPSU client, has an established trading record, the company (or its group of companies) employs between 10 and 250 employees, has either an annual turnover of less than €50m or an annual balance sheet of less than €43m. Note:Previous funding approved by Enterprise Ireland may impact on your eligibility for the following supports. Please consult with your EnterpriseIreland Adviser to discuss.

Funding decisions are determined by the;

  • Need for financial support for the project
  • Potential employment and sales growth
  • Previous funding provided to the company
  • Regional location of the company

Market Research and Internationalisation Supports

  • Strategic Marketing Review Grant
    Grant support to undertake an approved programme of work in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland advisers and an approved external consultant. This support is targeted at established companies that have experience in selling internationally and who are interested in reviewing and developing their market development strategy.
  • Market Access Grant
    This Grant is designed to assist clients to develop a viable marketing strategy for a new market. It supports a client to undertake all the activities from initial market research to developing collateral prior to market launch. The costs include new or existing staff to undertake the project, consultancy costs, office rental, purchase of market research and databases and selected marketing costs.
  • Internationalisation Grant
    Grant to support the costs of researching and exploring new international business opportunities. Eligible projects include 1) researching a new market for a new or existing product or 2) researching an existing market for a new product. Eligible costs may include; Salaries & Overheads (for clients with less than 50 employees), Consultancy Fees, Foreign Travel & Subsistence, EI approved Business Accelerator Fees and Trade Fair costs.
  • Business Links Grant
    This grant is designed to support clients carrying out research to identify potential customers/partners using market research companies or other specialist service providers. This is confined to companies entering new markets.
  • New Geographic Market Research Grant
    Grant support to undertake an intensive 6 month market research assignment into a new geographic market. Eligible costs include salary costs of an employee placed in the market for up to 6 months, in-market consultancy fees and rent.
  • Graduates for International Growth (G4IG) Programme
    The programme matches graduates with companies to develop and execute plans to grow in key markets. Support available for the graduate salary and training. Call close date applies.
  • Acumen Programme
    A cross-border Business Development Programme designed to stimulate cross-border trade (between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) and develop other forms of commercial co-operation amongst SME's throughout the island of Ireland. 
  • Excel at Export Selling
    Excel at Export Selling is a series of workshops aimed at rapidly embedding the proven tools of good international selling practice into the sales teams of Irish companies across all industry sectors.
  • International Selling Programme
    Targeting company management and sales staff, this 10 month programme enhances company ability to access new markets and accelerates export sales growth. Delivered in conjunction with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in partnership with a panel of world-class experts and practitioners.

In-Company & Collaborative Research & Development Supports

  • Technical Feasibility Study Grant
    Can be used to investigate the feasibility of developing a new product, process, technology or service offering.
  • R&D Fund – Small Projects
    This fund supports product, process or service R&D projects where the grant amount is less than €150,000. This may suit companies undertaking R&D for the first time or companies progressing R&D activity in the business.
  • R&D Fund – Standard Projects
    Supporting innovation in services, products and processes, the R&D Fund – Standard Projects is suitable for companies that are ready to progress to larger projects. The maximum R&D grant that a company can receive is €650,000.
  • Innovation Voucher
    Innovation Vouchers, worth €5,000, are available to assist a company to work with a registered college or knowledge provider to explore a business opportunity or technical problem.
  • Innovation Partnership Grant Programme
    Offers financial support to companies who engage in collaborative research projects with Irish universities and Institutes of Technology. The proposal process and administration of the project is managed by the participating third level research institution.
  • Horizon 2020 and other EU Research Funding Programmes
    If your company is interested in working on collaborative research projects with research partners across Europe, there are a range of international research programmes designed to foster collaborative cross-border research between companies in different member states.

Supports to Enhance and Develop your Management Team

  • Mentor Grant
    Can be used to investigate the feasibility of developing a new product, process, technology or service offering.
  • Strategic Consultancy Grant
    Used to support the cost of planning or implementing a new strategic development initiative in your company. Cannot be used to support routine consultancy costs.
  • Key Manager Grant
    Grant to support the cost of hiring a new Key Manager. Must be critical to the company's future development and introduce key skills and expertise to the company's senior management team.
  • Management 4 Growth (M4G) Programme
    Supports participating SME CEOs and their management teams to further develop, implement and manage strategy, operations and people to drive sales and export growth through a mix of executive education, Business Coaching and Peer Networking.

Productivity and Business Process Improvement Supports

  • Lean Start Grant
    Used to support the costs of undertaking a “Lean Start Assignment”. This is a short assignment undertaken by a Lean consultant/trainer. Eligible Expenditure is limited to the cost of hiring a Lean consultant/trainer for a maximum of 7 days.
  • GreenStart Grant
    Used to support the costs of undertaking a GreenStart Assignment. This is a short assignment undertaken by an Environmental consultant/trainer. Eligible Expenditure is limited to the cost of hiring a consultant/trainer for a maximum of 7 days.
  • Business Process Improvement Grant
    Grant to support short term company projects that are designed to develop management capability and drive company efficiencies and business process improvements. Eligible Projects include either 1) LeanPlus, 2) E-Marketing or 3) GreenPlus.
  • Lean Transform Grant
    Used to support a “Lean Transform Project". This is a large scale, extensive and holistic company transformation programme delivered by an external consultancy team of international reputation. Eligible cost include Fees for an external Lean consultant/trainer and Employee training costs and associated training costs.

Company Expansion Packages

  • Job Expansion Fund
    Funding to support new employment. The fund provides grant support up to a maximum of €150,000 towards the recruitment of new employees. Applications for funding will be accepted on specific call close dates.
  • Tailored Company Expansion Packages
    If you are planning to undertake an ambitious expansion of your company that will create employment and grow your sales in international markets, Enterprise Ireland can discuss a tailored financial support package for your company.