Export Marketing Grant

Export Marketing Grant

Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ Grant Funding 

Are you in business and seeking to develop overseas markets?

We have a limited export development fund open to applications from micro enterprises based in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County who are planning activities that will support their efforts to establish new export markets for their products or services. Please read terms carefully.

The provision of Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ Grant will enable clients to explore and develop new market opportunities. This grant will part-fund the costs that can be incurred in investigating and researching export markets, e.g. exhibiting at Trade Fairs, preparing marketing material and developing websites specifically targeting overseas markets. 

Grant Terms & Conditions:

  • Grant Covers 50% of eligible costs (net of vat) to a max of €2,500.
  • Applications are restricted to businesses who can demonstrate the achievement of sales in the domestic market and who now wish to expand overseas. Evidence that the business has realistic prospects of achieving export sales will be sought. 
  • The completed application form must make specific reference to the business' export marketing plans and strategy.
  • Revenue figures provided must distinguish between sales in domestic and overseas markets.
  • Only Third Party costs qualify i.e. cost of work you have commissioned others to do. Quotations in respect of proposed expenditure must be provided
  • Applications must be made prior to any expenditure being incurred
  • Payments will be made to approved projects on receipt of proof of payment of all qualifying and approved expenses.
  • Successful applicants should consider using a Mentor to develop an export/marketing plan.
  • Payment will be made on receipt of proof of payment of all approved expenses and successful applicants will be given a period of 6 months from the date of the letter of offer to drawn down an approved grant. 
  • Clients cannot be approved a Technical Assistance for Micro Exporter's Grant/s of more than a maximum cumulative value of €2,500 per calendar year.

Projects eligible for support include:

  • Enterprises not employing more than 10 people;
  • Enterprises located within the geographic location of the Local Enterprise Office
  • Enterprises operating in the commercial sphere
  • Enterprises must demonstrate a market for their proposed product/service
  • Enterprises engaged in manufacturing or internationally traded services
  • Innovative businesses with prototype products
  • Enterprises must not have received any funding for this proposal from any other source

Eligible Expenditure categories

  • Participation at trade fairs and shows covering Trade Show Exhibitor costs including rental/fees relating to space/stands; **
  • Participation at international trade networking events organised through the Enterprise Europe Network;
  • Development of specific Marketing Materials aimed at exploring new export markets;
  • Translation, e.g. of existing material (booklets, webpages, etc. for export markets;
  • Development of export related websites; 
  • Investigation of new internal or external processes to develop export business, e.g. new business model or the carrying out of non-regulatory technical requirements;

*Note: Attendance at international conferences, summits, forums, symposiums, stand-alone company events are not eligible for support.

**Note: Economy Flight Costs are eligible with other travel and subsistence costs subject to the Local Enterprise Office maximum limits.

Application Deadlines 

  • Wednesday 1st May 2024
  • Wednesday 19th June 2024



  • We request that you contact our Enterprise Office prior to submitting an application. If this is a new enquiry, please complete an enquiry form and a business advisor will contact you to discuss eligibility. If you have already spoken to a Business Advisor in LEO DLR please contact them directly to discuss an application.
  • An application must be made prior to any expenditure being incurred i.e. Any expenditure incurred prior to the grant application date does not qualify
  • The approval of all applications is dependent upon the availability of financial resources under this scheme from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Where a funding application deadline has been published on this page, we must receive completed applications by no later than 4pm on that date. 

Please note: An Irish Language version of the application form is available on request to leo@dlrcoco.ie