Údarás can provide a range of financial incentives in the form of grant assistance to assist your varied business needs. Support incentives include:
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 Online Trading Scheme is being provided to support Gaeltacht businesses under pressure due to the COVID-19 crisis. This scheme was introduced originally in 2017 in order to increase the number of Gaeltacht businesses trading online and to increase Gaeltacht business sales online. Along with the normal demand for this support, it recognises the present exceptional circumstances as a result of COVID-19, and that businesses are under pressure and wish to develop their ability to do conduct their business online.
This scheme has been a valuable support to businesses big and small over the past three years to enhance their capability to trade ‘online’ and, as a result of this, to stabilise and develop the employment foundation during this period.
Closing date for new applications
The current call under the Online Trading Scheme will close for new applications at 5pm on the 30/09/2020 or when the fund has been depleted whichever is the earlier. Currently (11/09/20) there is a limited number of vouchers still available to Gaeltacht business that will assist them to increase their online trading capabilities and these vouchers will be approved on a ‘first come first served’ basis in line strictly with the date of receipt of fully completed applications.
Grant Rate and Amount
Under the Online Trading Scheme a maximum grant of up to €2,500 or 90% of eligible expenses, excluding VAT, whichever is lower, 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 are ineligible under this scheme?
What are the things this scheme cannot be used for?
Information regarding Scheme administration
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.
What is the Innovation Voucher Initiative?
If you are located in the Gaeltacht, own or manage a small limited company and want to explore a business opportunity or obstacle you can apply to Údarás na Gaeltachta for an Innovation Voucher worth €5,000. The voucher can be exchanged for advice and expertise from participating knowledge providers (universities, institutes of technology or publicly funded research bodies).
What can I use an Innovation Voucher for?
By participating in the Innovation Voucher initiative, you can concentrate on running your business while knowledge providers come up with a solution that could take your business to the next level.
Who can apply?
All small registered limited companies in the Gaeltacht are eligible to apply for an Innovation Voucher. (A small enterprise is defined as an enterprise that has fewer than 50 employees and has either an annual turnover and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €10m). The only exclusions are small enterprises in the transportation and agricultural sectors, in line with State Aid guidelines.
You are also free to join with other small businesses also in receipt of an Innovation Voucher to work with a knowledge provider in solving an issue of common concern, up to a maximum number of ten companies.
The knowledge providers
Companies can approach any Institute of Technology, University or publicly-funded research organisation provided those research bodies have agreed to participate in the Innovation Voucher initiative.
The knowledge provider and the company should also ensure that all agreements, for example agreements covering the work programme, costs, non-disclosure and intellectual property, be signed by both parties before the commencement of the project activity.
What is the full cost of the project?
The value of the voucher is €5,000 which is used to offset the final costs of the project activity as agreed between the company and the knowledge provider. In the event that the final costs are greater than €5,000 the company will pay the balance.
When the work programme has been completed, the knowledge provider will invoice the company in relation to the agreed work programme. The company will then hand over the voucher and any additional monies required in payment of the invoice. The knowledge provider subsequently returns the voucher, and a short project report, to Údarás na Gaeltachta to claim the €5,000 reimbursement of the voucher.
Please note that the Innovation Voucher is exclusive of VAT.
Can a company have more than one voucher?
A company may make use of the Innovation Voucher initiative as frequently as required. However, a company may have only one ‘active’ voucher at any point in time. A voucher becomes ‘inactive’ when the project activity has been completed and the voucher returned to Údarás na Gaeltachta by the knowledge provider. When a voucher becomes ‘inactive’ a company may then apply for a further voucher with a new innovative project. Please note that Údarás na Gaeltachta will not award a second voucher for a previously funded activity.
When can I apply?
There are no open call for applications at present.
Please take the time to advise Údarás na Gaeltachta when your innovation voucher project has commenced. You can do this by sending a short email to email@example.com with the name of your knowledge provider and the start date of the project.
Should you wish to contact the Innovation Voucher programme manager or are experiencing difficulty locating relevant expertise please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 091 503100.