Funding: Overview

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Enterprise Ireland is the state agency responsible for supporting the development of manufacturing and internationally traded services companies. We provide funding and supports for companies - from entrepreneurs with business propositions for a high potential start-up through to large companies expanding their activities, improving efficiency and growing international sales. Scroll down to select the relevant funding offer that best reflects your stage of development to browse our full range of funding supports. We also provide funding and supports for college based researchers to assist in the development, protection and transfer of technologies into industry via licensing or spin-out companies.

The Covid-19 pandemic has created severe challenges for Irish businesses with significant job losses, worldwide disruption and an uncertain road ahead. These essential funding supports are designed to help businesses stabilise and adapt to the evolving situation, in preparation for getting back on the road to recovery.

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Business Financial Planning Grant

The COVID-19 Business Financial Planning grant will provide a strategic intervention for companies to work with third party consultants to prepare a detailed financial and business plan with forecasts and assumptions.

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Sustaining Enterprise Fund

Enterprise Ireland’s liquidity and medium-term financial supports are being delivered under the €180m ‘Sustaining Enterprise’ fund, launched in April 2020. Support of up to €800,000 can be provided to companies targeting them at their different stages of development and growth ranging from established companies to small enterprises and start-ups.

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Sustaining Enterprise Fund - Small Enterprise

This fund will provide a €25k to €50k short term working capital injection to eligible smaller companies to support business continuity and strengthen their ability to return to growth and be trading strongly in 3 years time.

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Regional Enterprise Transition Scheme (RETS)

The objective of the Regional Enterprise Transition Scheme is to provide assistance, including funding supports, to regionally based not-for-profit undertakings that provide economic support to enterprises in sectors and regions negatively affected by Covid-19, as well as a consequence of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU (Brexit).

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Accelerated Recovery Fund

The €31m Accelerated Recovery Fund is a new fund designed to provide support to Irish companies seeking to adapt their operations and business models in order to remain competitive and return to growth following the effects of the pandemic.

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Covid-19 Products Scheme

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in an urgent need across the EU and globally for medical and public health R&D, products and solutions. In response, The EU Temporary State Aid Framework has been amended to allow for, “the facilitation of research and development and expanded production into Coronavirus related products”. 

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Digitalisation Voucher

The objective of the Digitalisation Voucher is to help companies prepare a plan for the adoption of digital tools and techniques across the business. Process Optimisation, Digital Customer Experience and Data Management will be essential in order to remain competitive post Covid-19.

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Brexit - Ready for Customs grant

Up to €9,000 in funding for each new employee engaged in customs work.

Ready for Customs grant

Scroll down for Company Supports by Stage of Development and Researchers in Higher Education Institutes.

Company Supports by Stage of Development

Enterprise Ireland offers a range of supports to business tailored to suit your stage of development and your specific funding needs. To find out what assistance might be available to you, click on the stage of development below that you think best describes you or your company. The Supporting SMEs Online Tool is a new cross-governmental guide to help small businesses know which of the over 80 Government supports could possibly fit their business. Check out the Supporting SMEs Online Tool.

Researchers in Higher Education Institutes

We help researchers based in third level institutions and Public Research Institutes to engage in research.  Our aim is to facilitate collaborative links between enterprise and the research community that lead to the practical application of research in business, yielding benefits to both groups. Learn more about our supports for academic research and its' commercialisation.

COMPANY STAGE BY DEVELOPMENT

Enterprise Ireland offers a range of supports to business tailored to suit your stage of development and your specific funding needs. To find out what assistance might be available to you, click on the stage of development below that you think best describes you or your company. The Supporting SMEs Online Tool is a new cross-governmental guide to help small businesses know which of the over 80 Government supports could possibly fit their business. Check out the Supporting SMEs Online Tool.