Údarás can provide a range of financial incentives in the form of grant assistance to assist your varied business needs. Support incentives include:
The Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters (TAME) grant is available to businesses to assist with exploring and developing new market opportunities. The €2,500 (50% of eligible expenditure) grant contributes to export research and marketing costs, e.g. exhibiting at Trade Fairs, preparing marketing material and developing websites specifically targeting overseas markets.
Businesses eligible for support:
Business enterprises not employing more than 10 employees and who
Enterprises must not have received any funding for this proposal from any other source.
Eligible expenditure categories
Feasibility study grant aid is available to groups, organisations, businesses or individuals to allow them assess the viability of a business idea.
A significant portion of costs directly related to the feasibility study may be covered. Examples of eligible costs are salaries and wages of the company’s personnel, cost of consultants, related travel and subsistence and any other additional overheads incurred directly as a result of the Feasibility Study.
Research and development grants are available to assist businesses develop innovative products, processes and services which will lead to an enhancement of their ability to perform in increasingly competitive markets.
Eligible costs include R&D Salaries, directly related additional overheads, the cost of capital assets to the extent and for the period of their use in the research project, costs of contractual research, technical knowledge and patents bought or licensed from outside sources, other operating expenses including costs of materials, supplies, travel and subsistence and other similar costs directly related to the research activity.
The Trading Online Scheme is being provided in order to increase the number of Gaeltacht businesses trading online and to increase the level of Gaeltacht business sales online. This scheme has been a valuable support to businesses in recent years and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance their capability to trade ‘online’ and, as a result of this, to stabilise and develop the employment foundation during this period.
Grant Rate and Amount
Under the Trading Online Scheme a maximum grant of up to €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure, excluding VAT, whichever is lesser, is available to eligible businesses to develop and strengthen their ability to trade ‘online’.*
The scheme is targeted at businesses with the following profile:
What can the grant be used for?
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
What projects / sectors are eligible under this scheme?
Most business sectors are eligible under the scheme – there are, however, a limited number of ineligible projects / sectors which include:
*Application will be accepted, on an exceptional basis in the 2023 scheme, from Gaeltacht firms in the education, community education, language education and arts firms as they are central to Údarás na Gaeltachta’s development programme.
Applications will be accepted, on an exceptional basis in the 2023 scheme, from Gaeltacht social enterprises and from firms from the Gaeltacht community development sector (including those with a charitable status) as long as the application has a commercial basis.
Please contact the local Údarás na Gaeltachta office to confirm eligibility in advance of making an application.
Expenditure ineligible under the scheme?
Information regarding Scheme administration
Send your completed application form to email@example.com
Send your completed application form to Tradala@udaras.ie
Údarás na Gaeltachta can provide assistance by way of capital grant to enterprises seeking aid for an initial investment for capital expenditure costs.
Instances where a proposed investment qualifies as an initial investment include the following:
In this case the acquisition of the capital assets refers directly to an establishment, where the establishment has closed or would have closed had it not been purchased, and the assets are bought by an independent investor. The sole acquisition of the shares of an undertaking does not constitute initial investment.
Capital grants can be paid for initial investment in material and immaterial assets.
Material assets refers to assets relating to land, building and plant and machinery. Immaterial assets refer to assets entailed by the transfer of technology through the acquisition of patent rights, licences know-how or unpatented technical knowledge.
Enterprises embarking on an initial investment project may apply for assistance towards job creation costs. Referred to as an employment grant, aid is calculated by reference to the expected wage costs over the first two years of jobs created as a result of an initial investment project.
An tÚdarás may provide grant aid to businesses to cover the cost of employing staff on a full-time or part-time basis with the amount of aid payable varying with the required skill level and the related cost of staff. The geographic location of a project also impacts on the amount of aid payable.
Half of the grant aid is paid when the job commences and the balance is normally paid when the job has been in existence for six months.
Diversifying and expanding your business brings with it the requirement for new skills and expertise. Under the Training Grants Scheme, Údarás na Gaeltachta provides assistance for training programmes that train or retrain employees.
Eligible expenditure includes that related to the trainers travelling expenses, materials/supplies, advice and consultancy and wages. The grant aid level varies according to the type of training involved and whether it is of a specific or general nature.
Under the Irish Seafood National Programme 2007-2013, applications are now being invited for grant assistance under the above Scheme. The Scheme provides grant aid, at a rate of up to 40% of eligible investment costs, to promote the commercial development of aquaculture on a basis which is financially, technically and environmentally sustainable.
Applications should be submitted to the agencies at the addresses listed below before 31 October 2014.
All applications received will be assessed for eligibility, prioritised for financial assistance and subsequently submitted to an external Selection Board for a decision on grant aid.
Applications are invited from SMEs engaged in aquaculture whose investment plans:
In order to be considered for aid under the scheme, the following criteria will apply:
Údarás can take an equity stake in small and medium enterprises in the start-up and expansion phases where this is of strategic importance to the development of the enterprise.
A comprehensive business plan and complete application form must be submitted as part of the application.
This scheme provides assistance to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) for the provision of expert advice in the required areas to assist in the long term development of the enterprise.
This initiative aims to develop the market development skills of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by providing support towards internal costs which they may incur when researching new markets for products and services. Eligible costs include the wages of those employed to undertake the marketing programme, travel and subsistence, and internal costs in relation to new market trials for products/services.
This assistance is provided under the De Minimis rule. Under the De Minimis rule the European Union allows aid to be given outside the normal rules for state aid provided that the cumulative aid under the De Minimis rule to any one applicant, from whatever state organisations, does not exceed €200,000 in any three fiscal year period. To propose aid under the rule it must be in accordance with a scheme or schemes approved for Údarás na Gaeltachta, and state that the aid is being proposed under the De Minimis rule, and that it conforms to the conditions and process that apply to the rule.
It must also be noted that aid under the De Minimis rule is not permitted in primary production of agricultural products, fisheries and aquaculture and that a maximum of €100,000 in any three year period applies to the road transport sector.
This initiative aims to assist SMEs to disseminate information about and to obtain market data on their products by providing support towards the cost of the first time participation in a particular trade fair or exhibition. Eligible costs include those of stand rental, setting up and running the stand, economy airfares and subsistence.