Evolve Strategic Planning grant

Overview of the Evolve Strategic Planning Grant

The Evolve Strategic Planning Grant assists businesses to develop a strategic response to address business disruption

The  Evolve Strategic Planning Grant offers up to €5,000 (50% 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 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 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. HPSU (>5 Full time employee), SME or large company
  2. Actively trading
  3. Engaged in eligible activities
  4. Have been impacted by business disruption.

Clients of Udarás 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 50% of eligible expenditure incurred by the successful applicant.

Eligible Costs

  • Fees of external consultants to cover the following areas: Strategy, market development, innovation, operations, people and finance.
  • Employee international travel and travel expenses related to the research project.

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.

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