Feasibility Grant


The aim of a Feasibility Study Grant is to help start up companies or individual entrepreneurs with the cost of researching their proposed business or new business idea to see if it could be viable and sustainable. The study should help the promoter to reach firm conclusions aout their business idea and give them the information they need to draw up a full business plan. The Local Enterprise Office Clare will consider making Feasibility Study Grants to applicants whose potential new business or service may be eligible to apply for further grant assistance from the LocalEnterprise Office if the business goes ahead.

Only businesses or individuals intending to explore the feasibility of a manufacturing or internationally traded service sector may apply.

What does the Feasibility Study Grant cover?

Feasibility Study Grants are designed to assist the promoter with researching market demand for a product or service and to examine the sustainability of that product or service. The grant helps with innovation costs including specific consultancy requirements, hiring expertise from third level colleges, private specialists, design, patent costs and prototype development.

Grant expenditure may be considered under the following headings:

  • Market Reseach Costs - to develop the business proposition
  • Consultancy Costs - to include design fees, architect fees and legal fees
  • Technical Development/ Prototype/ Innovation - to include prototype development, innovative design, research costs and third level college consultancy
  • Salary/ Own Labour Research - costs include own labour involved in carrying out the Feasibility Study. The maximum amount chargeable under this category is €400 per week, subject to the overall maximum not exceeding 20% of the overall grant
  • Miscellaneous Costs - includes telephone costs, mileage costs at 26c per kilmoetre, subsistence and overnight costs, air travel and so on. The maximum amount for these costs should not exceed 20% of the overall grant level.

The maximum Feasibility Study Grant payable is 50% of your eligible expenditure or €15,000 - whichever is the lesser.

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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.