Government supports - Republic of Ireland

The COVID-19 pandemic has struck hard at many sectors of business. Most will find a way through the crisis through a combination of perseverance, innovation and ingenuity. Accountants, with their expertise in financial planning, accessing finance, restructuring businesses, and applying for state aid are at the forefront of helping businesses. Accountants should develop an expertise and a familiarity with these resources.  

To support our members, we have put in place a range of information. As most businesses will need finance, access and availability of adequate and timely finance will be crucial to the economic recovery going forward. On this page we provide a guide to the broad and expanding range of capital supports available. Some are schemes offering working capital loans or grants; others are for industry sectors particularly hard hit by the crisis.  

We have gone through the key supports available and categorised them in a format that is useful to an accountant seeking to identify the most appropriate form of finance. Please note that this list is not comprehensive and that the supports available are constantly changing. Members are advised to keep an eye on developments and refer to the source documentation where necessary. 

Last updated: 25 May 2020.

Tax

We continue to update the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme page and the Latest Updates webpage as new changes emerge.

Supports for Taxpayers and Agents (ROI)

Revenue Commissioners: measures in response to COVID-19 
Continue to file tax returns on time and engage with Revenue.  That is the advice to businesses navigating the trading difficulties caused by the impacts of COVID-19. Small and medium enterprise (SMEs) dealing with trading and cash flow difficulties  will not have the added worry of statutory interest charges. Revenue announced that interest will not be applied to late tax payments of VAT for the January/February period due by 23 March or employer PAYE liabilities for the months of February and March. Revenue also announced that the payment date for local property tax will be deferred until 21 May for certain homeowners. 

COVID-19: reporting and filing compliance
Revenue published guidance on the specific measures introduced for employers and employees regarding compliance with certain reporting and filing obligations and the satisfaction of certain other tax related conditions.

COVID-19: Information and advice for taxpayers and agents
Revenue’s guidance to assist taxpayers and tax agents who are experiencing a range of difficulties caused by the impacts of COVID-19 deals with some of the common queries raised by members. The Institute will continue to engage with Revenue, the Department of Finance and other key government agencies over the coming weeks. We are reporting key updates in our special email bulletins, and all updates are available on our dedicated COVID-19 Hub. The Hub collates information, guidance and supports from across the Institute to keep members informed and help prepare and respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

 

Grants

COVID-19 Business Loan – Microfinance Ireland (MFI)
Purpose Government initiative to support small businesses through the current period of uncertainty and protect job creation or sustainment in Ireland.
Eligible businesses Microenterprises (sole traders, partnerships and limited companies with fewer than 10 full-time employees) with:
  • Turnover of up to €2 million 
  • A balance sheet not exceeding €2 million

which are not in a position to avail of finance from banks or other commercial lending providers.  

Amounts €5,000 – €50,000 (unsecured) 
Key conditions A reduction of at least 15% in actual/projected turnover/profit because of COVID-19, and difficulty sourcing finance from commercial leaders.
Key terms 
  • Up to three-year-term (or up to five years in certain circumstances) 
  • No fees or hidden charges 
  • No repayments for the first six months 
  • Fixed repayments 
  • No penalty for early repayment 
Interest rate
  • First 6 months: 0% 
  • 4.5% for Local Enterprise Office applications 
  • 5.5% for direct applications 
Further details
Microfinance Ireland (MFI) 

 

COVID-19 Working Capital Loan Scheme – Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)
Purpose Expansion of two SBCI Loan Schemes by €450m to provide an extra €250m for working capital and €200m for longer-term loans to cover future working capital requirements and to fund innovation, change or adaptation of businesses to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.  
Eligible businesses Viable micro and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that meet the eligibility criteria, i.e. 
  • Have fewer than 250 employees 
  • Have a turnover of €50 million or less (or €43 million or less on their balance sheet) 
  • Are independent and autonomous i.e. not part of a wider group of enterprises 
  • Have less than 25% of their capital held by public bodies 
  • Is established and operating in the Republic of Ireland 
Viable small mid-cap enterprises, i.e. not an SME but with fewer than 500 employees.  
Excluded are those which are: 
  • involved in the primary agriculture and/or aquaculture sector 
  • in financial difficulty (excluding cashflow pressures caused by COVID19 virus impact) 
  • bankrupt or being wound up or having their affairs administered by courts 
  • have in the last 5 years entered into an arrangement with creditors, in the context of being bankrupt or wound-up or having their affairs administered by the courts 
  • convicted of an offence concerning professional misconduct by judgement, fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering or any other illegal activity where such illegal activity is detrimental to the European Union’s financial interest
Amounts Loans of €25,000 up to €1.5 million  
Key conditions Loans cannot be used to finance understakings in financial difficulties or refinance existing debt. 
Negative impact of 15% on turnover/profitability
Key terms  For loans of up to €500,000 no security is required. 
1-3 year duration
Interest rate
  • Max interest rate of 4%
  • Interest rate is fixed for the period of the loan 
  • Three-month interest-only payment period available (depending on lender’s assessment of application)

 

SME Credit Guarantee Scheme for COVID-19
Purpose
  • Designed to support a range of debt products appropriate to the borrowing needs of SMEs.
  • Term loans and other products such as stocking facilities and performance bonds will be covered
  • Can be used by businesses to obtain loans to support changes they need to make to their business in response to Covid-19
  • Encourages additional lending to SMEs by providing partial (80%) Government guarantees to banks in order to help SMEs impacted by COVID-19 related issues to have access to sufficient working capital
  • Operated on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) and is available from the participating lenders (AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank)
Eligible businesses Companies unable to access credit because of: 
  • inadequate collateral 
  • novel business market, sector or technology which is perceived by lenders as higher risk under current credit risk evaluation practices
  • need for refinancing caused by the exit of an SMEs lender from the Irish market  

Viable micro and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that meet the eligibility criteria, i.e.  

  • fewer than 250 employees 
  • turnover of €50 million or less (or €43 million or less on their balance sheet) 
  • independent and autonomous i.e. not part of a wider group of enterprises 
  • less than 25% of capital held by public bodies 
  • established and operating in the Republic of Ireland 

Viable Small Mid-Cap enterprises, ie. not an SME but has fewer than 500 employees.  

Excluded are those which are: 

  • involved in the primary agriculture and/or aquaculture sector 
  • in financial difficulty (excluding cashflow pressures caused by COVID19 virus impact) 
  • bankrupt or being wound up or having its affairs administered by courts 
  • have in the last 5 years entered into an arrangement with creditors, in the context of being bankrupt or wound-up or having its affairs administered by the courts 
  • convicted of an offence concerning professional misconduct by judgement, fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organisation, money laundering or any other illegal activity where such illegal activity is detrimental to the European Union’s financial interest

Excluded:  

  • Refinancing of existing debts  
  • Property-related activities
Amounts Facilities of €10,000 up to €1 million 
Key conditions
  • The Credit Guarantee Scheme does not substitute for conventional lending that would otherwise have taken place
  • Businesses seeking to avail of the guarantee scheme can approach a participating lender
Key terms  Terms of up to 7 years
Interest rate 3-6-month interest-only payment period may be available, depending on the total loan duration

 

Future Growth Loan Scheme – Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)
Purpose Scheme offered by the Government of Ireland, through the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Provides loans with a term of 8-10 years to support strategic long-term investment.  
Eligible businesses
  • Eligible SMEs 
  • Small Mid-Cap businesses 
  • Primary agriculture (farmers) and 
  • Seafood sectors 

Applications for eligibility are in the SBCI website.  
 
Exclusions can be found here

Amounts
  • €100,000 (€50,000 for farmers) to a max of  €3 million per eligible business
  • Unsecured loans up to €500,000
Key conditions
  • Operated by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) through participating lenders 
  • A Business Plan must be completed as part of the application process for loans of more than €250,000 
  • Applicants must choose loan purpose:
    • Investment in Machinery or Equipment 
    • Investment in Research and Development 
    • Investment in Business Expansion 
    • Investment in Premises Improvement 
    • Investment in Process Innovation 
    • Investment in People and/or Systems  

Key terms 

8-10 years term

Interest rate

  • First 6 months 
    • 4.5% for loans up to €249,999 
    • 3.5% for loans more than or equal to €250,000 
  • Optional interest-only repayments available in certain circumstances 
Further details
Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) 

 

Restart Grant for Small Businesses 
Purpose
To give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures.
Eligible businesses Companies with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or less which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to 30th June 2020.
Amounts Minimum payment of €2,000 to a maximum of €10,000.
Key conditions
  • Grant equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019.
  • It is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.
  • It can be used to defray ongoing fixed costs, for replenishing stock and for measures needed to ensure employee and customer safety.
  • Company must commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed.
  • Business must declare the intention to retaining employees that are on The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) and to reemploy staff on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment where applicable.

Key terms 

  • Applications can be made online to local authorities from 22nd May.
  • Processing of applications and payment of the Restart Grant will depend on the initial surge of applications but, as far as is feasible, will be prioritised according to scheduled re-opening dates in the national Roadmap.
Further details Gov.ie

Funds

Sustaining Enterprise Fund – Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Purpose Last resort liquidity funding and to support implementation of a business sustainment plan by companies who have been impacted by a 15% or greater reduction in actual or projected turnover or profit, and/or have significant increase in costs as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.  
Eligible businesses Manufacturing and internationally traded services companies with capital with: 
  • 10 or more full time-employees
  • For SMEs — must have applied for and have been unable to raise sufficient funding from the market, a financial institution 
  • Large companies — must have applied for and been unable to raise sufficient funding from an appropriate financial institution. 
Amounts Up to €800,000 of fund available  
Key conditions Payments will be in the form of repayable advances 
Key terms  The funding to be repaid as follows:
  • 3-year grace period 
  • Full repayment by the end of year 5, on successful achievement of the project objective 
Interest rate Annual administration fee of 4%
Contact
You must contact your Enterprise Ireland Development Advisor 

 

Sustaining Enterprise Fund - Small Enterprise (Enterprise Ireland)
Purpose To sustain eligible smaller companies who have been impacted by a 15% or greater reduction in actual or projected turnover or profit as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. It will support businesses to implement a business continuity project plan to strengthen their return to growth. 
Eligible businesses Manufacturing and internationally traded service companies with: 
  • 10 or more full-time people on their payroll on the 29th of February 2020 
  • An annual turnover in their most recent financial statements not exceeding €5 million
Amounts
  • Repayable funding of up to €50,000 available for companies with annual turnover of €1.5 million - €5 million
  • Repayable funding of up to €25,000 available for companies with turnover of less than €1.5 million 
Key conditions Funding to be repaid subject to the project objectives being achieved
Key terms  The funding to be repaid as follows:
  • Three-year grace period
  • Full repayment by the end of year five, on successful achievement of the project objective 
Interest rate An annual administration fee of 4%
Contact
You must contact your Enterprise Ireland Development Advisor

 

Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund (Ireland Strategic Investment Fund)
Purpose A new fund to be made available by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) 
Amounts €2 billion fund of ISIFs readily available capital will be invested in medium and large enterprises (more than €50 million in annual revenue or more than 250 employees) to assist them meet the challenge of Covid-19
Key conditions
  • It will be made available through a sub-portfolio within ISIF
  • The fund will act as an accelerator, investing on a commercial basis in businesses that can meet the investment requirements and can use ISIF investment to return to long-term viability

 

Restart Fund for micro and small businesses
Purpose To assist micro and small businesses in reconnecting with the market, their employees and their customers  
Eligible businesses (12 May 2020)
Details of the scheme will be worked on by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in consultation with the Departments of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Housing, Planning and Local Government.  
Amounts A €10,000 restart grant for micro and small businesses based on a rates/waiver rebate from 2019 
Further details
Restart Fund for micro and small businesses 

 

Innovative High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Fund
Purpose
  • Part of the Sustaining Enterprise Fund, this fund helps High growth potential start-ups (HPSUs)  - which can develop innovative technologies, products and services for sale on world markets to – to maintain liquidity and sustain their businesses in the short to medium term
  • Allows Enterprise Ireland to offer equity investment to HPSU clients, on a co-funded basis
Eligible businesses

Existing Enterprise Ireland clients who qualify as a small enterprise and have been in existence for less than five years and satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • For companies with no trading record at the time of application, at least 15% of the total operating costs must relate to R&D expenses in the current fiscal year, and/or 
  • For companies with a trading record, at the time of application, at least 15% of the total operating costs must relate to R&D expenses, in at least one of the three years preceding the application, and/or 
  • Have an innovative business plan for the development of products, services or processes which are technologically new or substantially improved compared to the state-of-the-art in its industry in the European Community, and which will carry a risk of technological or industrial failure. This will be laid out in a business plan.
Amounts

Investment level determined following an assessment of the business plan and supporting evidence, and based on the company's viability 

  • Growth potential
  • Potential value to the Irish economy in terms of number and quality of jobs created and exports generated
  • Level of risk 
  • Quality and innovative aspects of the business plan
  • Achievement of previous milestones or Enterprise Ireland investment targets (for subsequent rounds of funding). 

The fund is up to €800,000  

Key conditions
  • Investment goes towards the achievement of an overall business plan, rather than funding towards discrete elements of a business plan, such as R&D or employment creation
  • Potential applicants should contact their Enterprise Ireland Adviser to discuss applications
Further details
Innovative High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Fund 

 

InterTrade Ireland – Emergency Business Solutions
Purpose To ensures cross-border companies in manufacturing and tradeable services can avail of professional advice to address key business challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eligible businesses
  • manufacturing or tradeable service business
  • registered in either NI or ROI
  • engaged in cross-border trade
  • fewer than 250 employees
  • annual turnover of less than €44.5million (or Sterling equivalent).

Not eligible

  • Businesses involved in retail, distribution and agriculture are not eligible for assistance under this scheme.
Amounts To the value of €2,250
Nb. One of the areas ‘Rapidly repositioning your business strategy’ is delivered via 1:1 workshops. No other key areas can be used in conjunction with this option as the cost constitutes the total support amount of €2,250)
Key conditions
  • All applications are assessed against the eligibility criteria.
  • Sufficient detail must be provided in the application to allow for assessment (where limited detail is provided, your application is likely to be unsuccessful). 
  • Priority will be given to businesses who best meet eligibility criteria and have clearly identified how this support will assist the business during this COVID-19 emergency period.  
  • Applicants must have a satisfactory trading history (min. 18 months & established turnover)
  • Applicants must have the capacity to deliver the project
Key terms
  • Funding is provided under the European Commission Regulation on De Minimis Aid as stated in the application for Emergency Business Solutions.
  • Business must provide InterTradeIreland with details of all other De Minimis aid which has been granted to the business within the past three years.
  • A false declaration by a business resulting in the threshold of €200,000 (or sterling equivalent) being exceeded could later give rise to the aid being recovered with interest.
  • Applications can be made online as early as possible as there is limited availability.
Further details InterTrade Ireland

 

InterTrade Ireland – E-Merge Initiative
Purpose To provide emergency fully funded consultancy support to help businesses develop online sales and eCommerce solutions, such as website management, SEO optimisation, Product listing and many others.
Eligible businesses
  • manufacturing or tradeable service business
  • registered in either NI or ROI
  • engaged in cross-border trade
  • fewer than 250 employees
  • annual turnover of less than £40million (or Euro Equivalent)

Not eligible

  • Businesses involved in retail, distribution and agriculture
Amounts To the value of €2,800
Key conditions
  • Have a satisfactory trading history (min. 18 months & established turnover)
  • Have the capacity to deliver the project 
Key terms
  • The funding is provided under the European Commission Regulation on De Minimis Aid as stated in the application for E-Merge.
  • The business must provide InterTradeIreland with details of all other De Minimis aid which has been granted to the business within the past three years.
  • It should be noted that a false declaration by a business resulting in the threshold of €200,000 (or Sterling equivalent) exceeded could later give rise to the aid being recovered with interest.
  • Applications can be made online as early as possible as there is limited availability.
Further details InterTrade Ireland

 

An Post Funding for SMEs
Purpose An Post is committing €2 million worth of practical supports to help Ireland’s SMEs get back to business and selling online successfully and sustainably.
Eligible businesses SMEs ROI
Amounts
  • Direct Mail fund worth €1m for 1000 SMEs to market their business across Ireland,
  • Discounted prices for the Covid-19 period, starting with 25% discount on parcels
Key conditions
  • A dedicated eCommerce advice hub providing information and expert tips for help SMEs to start trading online.
  • With links to the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and other SME networks, small businesses will have access to the best information and inspiration in just a few clicks.
Key terms
  • Direct Mail funding will be allocated on a first come-first service basis from Monday 24th May.
  • By registering for the An Post Advantage Card at anpost.com/commerce, SMEs can also avail of bulk-buy discounts on booklets and boxes of stamps.
  • An Post also provides lodgement and withdrawal facilities for AIB and Ulster Bank business customers, and Corporate Deposits (for business cash) at post offices, as well as Merchant Services for SMEs.
Further details
An Post

Vouchers and schemes

Business Continuity Voucher – Local Enterprise Office (LEO) - CLOSING SOON
Purpose

To help companies make informed decisions about what immediate measures and remedial actions should be taken, to protect staff and sales. Designed to go towards third-party consultancy fees for activities such as:  

  • Developing business plans
  • Assessing financial needs and options 
  • Applying for emergency financial support, and  
  • Implementing remote working 

If application is successful a qualified expert will be selected by Local Enterprise Office to work with the business on business continuity plans 

Amounts Value of up to €2,500
Eligible
  • Sole traders 
  • Partnerships and  
  • Companies who employ up to 50 people 

Excluded: clients of Enterprise Ireland, IDA or Údarás  na Gaeltachta

Key conditions Ordinarily one voucher available per business 
Applications are required by COB 15/05/2020. Business should check with their LEOs regarding any updates. 
Advisors must be accredited LEO mentors. 
Application  Apply by visiting the Local Enterprise Office website, downloading the form, and emailing it to your LEO
Further details
Business Continuity Voucher – Local Enterprise Office (LEO) 

 

COVID-19 Business Financial Planning Grant – Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Purpose In light of the COVID-19 crisis, this grant is to encourage companies to be proactive in developing a detailed financial plan that identifies funding needs and potential sources of funding by providing strategic intervention for companies to work with third party consultants to prepare a detailed financial and business plan with forecasts and assumptions
Amount  Up to €5,000 (100% of expenditure) to go towards the cost of engaging an external approved financial consultant to prepare a financial plan, including to support finance applications
Eligible

Clients of:

  • Enterprise Ireland (EI)
  • Údarás na Gaeltachta  
  • IDA Ireland 
  • Non-EI manufacturing or internationally traded services companies with over 10 full-time employees 

Not eligible 

  • Companies active in the fisheries sector or in the primary production of agricultural products
  • Companies operating in the coal and steel sector
Key conditions Companies will need a positive de Minimis balance to cover the approved grant amount (to be self-certified).

Costs not covered:  

  • Any expenditure incurred prior to the date of receipt of application in Enterprise Ireland
  • Consultant expenses
  • Sales-related expenses
  • Trade Fair participation costs
  •  Any Internal costs of the company (e.g. Salaries & Overheads)
  • Receipt of other grants from Enterprise Ireland may impact on your eligibility for support under this initiative
  • The EI Business Financial Planning Grant is available to meet the costs of a consultant from the  “Approved Financial Consultants Directory”

Application Enterprise Ireland Development Advisor or  
Enterprise Ireland’s COVID-19 Business Response Unit

 

LEAN for Micro – Local Enterprise Office (LEO)
Purpose To help to help implement new remote working and physical distancing guidelines, or to engage a LEAN expert to introduce LEAN principles, undertake a cost-savings project and assist in benchmarking performance. 
Eligible LEO clients
Key conditions More information can be obtained by contacting your LEO directly 
Application Apply by visiting the Local Enterprise Office website 

 

Lean Business Continuity Voucher – Enterprise Ireland
Purpose Voucher for training or advisory services support related to the continued operation of their businesses during the current pandemic.  
The services may be in the form of management advice OR training of management or staff within the company or a combination of both. 

The service provided should focus on the operations of the company in terms of: 

  • Crisis response where appropriate 
  • Sustaining Operations including process re-engineering (Lean, etc) 
  • Planning for resilience post crisis
Amount Voucher of up to €2,500. A maximum daily rate of €900 per day shall apply
Eligible Small, medium, and large client companies of Enterprise Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta (which includes HPSUs) 
Key conditions
  • Limit of one voucher per company in general, although Enterprise Ireland may offer further vouchers where a company has more than one distinct operation (to a maximum of three)
  • Can be used on up to three days of management advice and/or training  
  • The voucher may be used to obtain services from approved providers  
  • It is expected that the support would be provided over a relatively short period but can be spread out over a maximum of 6 weeks 
  • Eligible activities do not include general consultancy such as market research or project implementation
  • Scheme is a short-term measure and may be withdrawn once the current emergency period ends 
Application Enterprise Ireland's online application system.

 

Trading Online Voucher Scheme – Local Enterprise Office
Purpose To help small businesses with up to 10 employees to trade more online, boost sales and reach new markets by offering funding towards adding payment facilities/booking systems to a website, developing new apps for customers or availing of subscriptions to low cost online retail platform solutions, to help companies quickly establish a retailing presence online
Amount Value of up to €2,500; covering 90% of the costs of an online initiative with co-funding of 10% from the business 
Eligible 

Businesses with: 

  • Limited or no e-commerce presence 
  • 10 or fewer employees 
  • Turnover less than €2 million 
  • Trading for at least six months
Key conditions
  • Business must be located in the area covered by the LEO to whom they make their application  
  • It is worth noting that businesses who have previously availed of the scheme are permitted to apply again where upgrades are required
Application Apply by visiting the Local Enterprise Office website 

 

COVID-19 Online Retail Scheme – Enterprise Ireland
Purpose To enable Irish-owned retailers to enhance their digital capability and to develop a more competitive online offer, that will enable an increase in their customer base and build a more resilient business in the domestic and global marketplace both online and offline. Activities covered would include research, consultancy and training. 
Amounts A grant of up to 80% of a project cost, capped at €40,000.  
However, a minimum project cost of €12,500 applies (with a grant of up to €10,000) 
Eligible 
  • Indigenous retailers  
  • Existing online presence (website or social media) 
  • 10 or more employees at full-time equivalent basis on or before 29 February 2020 
  • Have a retail outlet and derive majority of revenue from retail outlet(s) 
Key conditions
  • Minimum project cost of €12,500 applies
  • Maximum grant: €40,000
  • Companies must be indigenous 
Application Respond to public call for projects between dates: 29 April 2020 – 27 May 2020, 3pm deadline via this link 

Other supports

   
Social Welfare: information for employers and employee  The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has a range of measures to provide income support to people affected by COVID-19. We have summarised the measures announced to date which includes advice for employers and welfare advice for the self-employed and employees. 
Key Manager Grant – Enterprise Ireland This involves partial funding towards hiring a full- or part-time manager who has the skills needed to support the business and future growth, e.g. Chief Financial Officer, Chief Technical Officer, R&D Manager, Production Manager, etc.  
 
It is available to: small- and medium-established Enterprise Ireland clients who have over 10 employees; companies that have been generating sales for at least two years; and certain HPSUs. The manager must fill a new role that is based in Ireland. See Enterprise Ireland for details on how to apply online.
Strategic Consultancy Grant – Enterprise Ireland

This offers advice, support and access to external consultants on strategic sourcing, transport and logistics. See Enterprise Ireland for more information. 
Business Process Improvement Grant – Enterprise Ireland This grant is up to 50% of a hiring consultant’s cost and is capped at €35,000. The purpose is to develop and/or implement strategic initiatives to support efficiency and business process improvements. It is available to manufacturing/internationally traded services SME companies who employ 10–249 people; as well as companies who are not eligible to received support via An Bord Bia/An Bord Iascaigh Mhara. To apply, visit the Enterprise Ireland website. 
Local Enterprise Office Support

This is free mentoring provided by Local Enterprise Offices to help clients develop strategies to deal with COVID-19.
Enterprise Ireland Mentoring Grant Enterprise Ireland is offering grant support of up to €1,750 to work with a mentor, who will assist with business growth. LEO mentors are available to LEO clients and more information can be found on the LEO website. The Enterprise Ireland mentor grant is open to EI clients who are manufacturing or internationally traded services companies who employ 10–249 people, as well as HPSUs. More information can be found on its website. 
Rapid Response Research and Innovation Funding – SFI

SFI, EI and the IDA have launched a rapid-response call to support the development of innovative solutions to problems arising from the pandemic. To avail of this funding, solutions must be operational and deployed fully within six months of the start of the project. Contact covid19@sfi.ie for further information.
However, the scheme will be paused from 1PM on 1 May 2020. 
Miscellaneous Local Enterprise Office Grants These grants include: 
  • Business Priming 
  • Business Expansion 
  • Feasibility Study
  • Technical Assistance for Micro-Exporters  
All the above are available to Local Enterprise Office clients and potential start-ups that meet the eligibility criteria (i.e. employing up to 10 people with the potential for growth and job creation). To avail, contact your Local Enterprise Office for more information. 
Ireland Performs – Culture Ireland
This is a grant of up to €1,000 that is designed to support professional artists and allow them to present their work live on digital platforms. This will initially be running for four weeks from 3 April 2020. Application forms are available on Culture Ireland’s website.
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