Business Expansion Grant


The Business Expansion grant is designed to assist the business in its growth phase after the initial 18 month start-up period.  

Business Expansion grants may be awarded to sole traders, partnerships, community groups or limited companies that fulfill the following criteria:

  • Located within County Clare

  • A business, which, on growth, may or may not have the capacity to fit the Enterprise Ireland portfolio

  • A business employing up to 10 employees

  • A Manufacturing or Internationally traded service business 

  • A Domestically traded Service business with the potential to trade internationally. 

    The maximum Business Expansion Grant payable shall be 50% of the investment or €150,000 whichever is the lesser. Grants over €80,000 and up to €150,000 shall be the exception and shall only apply in the case of projects that clearly demonstrate a potential to graduate to Enterprise Ireland and/or to export internationally. In all other cases, the maximum grant shall be 50% of the investment or €80,000 whichever is the lesser. Subject to the 50% limit, a maximum grant of €15,000 per full time job created shall apply in respect of any employment support granted.

    If a business received a Priming Grant (start up grant), it cannot apply for a Business Expansion Grant until 12 months after the date of approval of the Priming Grant.

    What does the Business Expansion Grant Cover?

    Grant expenditure pay be considered under the following headings:

  • Capital items - including fit out of workspace, office equipment, machinery, fixed technology costs, and so on

  • Salary Costs - for the first year of employment

  • Consultancy, Innovation, Marketing costs - these may include packaging, brochures, business cards, trade fairs, website development, consultancy fees and other marketing initiatives

  • General Overhead Costs - these include, for example, utilities and rental or accomodation costs

    Click here for application form

    Click here for Financial Projections Spreadsheets Template
    (to be submitted with application form)

    Click here for Details on Closing Dates for Receipt of Grant Applications

Apple Mac Guidance

Please see the following Mac Guidance for Completion and Submission of LEO Grant Application Forms


Application Form Completion

The pdf should display as intended on a Mac but if it is completed in Preview mode and not Apple Adobe Reader, then the information is not recorded until you print the file to PDF using the steps below

  • Click File > Print
  • Click on the PDF dropdown list and select Save as PDF.
  • This then completes the document so that it can be viewed on Windows machines


Where possible, applicants should always use Adobe Reader to complete their online Application forms


Submitting Application Form

Applicants using a Mac should save their application form to pdf format to allow visibility for Windows users i.e. choose print from file menu and then use the dialog box’s PDF option to save it to a PDF.

The applicant should then submit the file that has been printed to a pdf as their application form.