Evolve Strategic Planning grant

Overview of the Evolve Strategic Planning Grant

This grant assists businesses to develop a strategic response to address a business disruption or new opportunity.

The Evolve Strategic Planning Grant offers up to €5,000 (80% grant aid) in support to Enterprise Ireland supported companies to help cover costs associated with a short assignment to determine how the company might respond to the threats and/or opportunities that have arisen as a result of changes to the trading environment.

These activities might involve:

  • Researching opportunities as the market evolves and changes.
  • Exploring the product and service innovation elements of the business.
  • Reviewing commercial aspects of the business, including costs, pricing, and logistical arrangements.
  • Exploring new opportunities in new markets.
  • Exploring approaches to optimise supply chains.
  • Scenario planning for markets over the next 2-3 years.
  • Analysing the challenges of operating in affected markets.
  • Reviewing challenges affecting the current business strategy, priorities, and operating models.

Legal Basis

  • This offer shall be administered in accordance with Industrial Development Act 1986 and Section 7 (2) of the Industrial Development (Enterprise Ireland) Act 1998.

State Aid Basis

The State aid basis of this offer is:

  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013.
  • Under the De Minimis Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013) the maximum De minimis funding any single recipient can receive from the Irish State is €200,000 over a three-year period.

Am I eligible?

The grant is open to existing clients of Enterprise Ireland that meet the following criteria:

  1. Are a HPSU (>5 Full time employees), a SME or a large company.
  2. Actively trading.
  3. Engaged in eligible activities.
  4. Have been impacted by business disruption.

Clients of Údarás na Gaeltachta should apply directly to that agency which has a similar offer available.

Ineligible Companies

Companies whose products are listed in Annex 1 to the EU Treaty (TFEU) which include:

  • Horticulture companies
  • Fish processors
  • Other primary producers

What costs are eligible and what is the maximum funding available?

The maximum grant available is €5,000. The grant is calculated at a maximum of 80% of eligible expenditure (€6,250 max.) incurred and paid (after the project start date) for by the successful applicant.

Eligible Costs

  • Fees of external consultants to cover the following areas:
    strategy, market development, innovation, operations, people, and finance.
  • Employee travel and travel expenses related to the project.
  • External training provider costs to cover recognised/certified professional training courses.

Ineligible Costs

  • Expenditure prior to date of application
  • Consultant expenses
  • Sales and marketing related expenses
  • Trade Fair participation costs
  • Salaries
  • Overheads

How do I apply?

You can apply via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System.

Key contact/more information

For more information, please contact your Enterprise Ireland Adviser.