Trading Online Vouchers

Grants of max. €2,500 available to help micro-enterprises develop their website or digital strategy. 

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Trading Online Voucher Scheme – up to €2,500 grant available

Grow your business with help from this Government grant scheme, designed to assist small businesses. It offers financial assistance of up to €2,500 along with training and advice to help your business trade online.  Participating in this scheme can make the process of trading online much easier for you.

Making informed decisions is vital for all business, so the free help and training provided by your local enterprise office puts you in a position to decide what is best for your business.

Cutting the cost of developing your online trading capacity by up to 90% can make the investment very affordable for many small businesses out there.*

Information sessions cover various topics, including developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimisation. The information provided is impartial and will help you decide on what trading online options, are right for your business.     

Under the Government’s National Digital Strategy, the expanded Trading Online Voucher Scheme helps small businesses with up to 10 employees to trade more online, boost sales and reach new markets. There is up to €2,500 available through the Local Enterprise Offices with co-funding of 10% from the business*. 

Training and further business supports are also provided by Local Enterprise Offices,and businesses that have already received a Trading Online Voucher can now apply for a second voucher, where upgrades are required. You do not need to attend another seminar to apply for a second voucher. Please email tov@dlrcoco.ie to receive the application form.

Funding can be used towards adding payment facilities or booking systems to your website or developing new apps for your customers. The voucher can also be used towards subscriptions to low cost online retail platform solutions, to help companies quickly establish a retailing presence online.

 

 *For applications received from April 7th 2020 until September 30th 2020. Further eligibility, terms and conditions apply.


TOV Application Process Includes attending TOV info Seminar and Application Form:

1. Trading Online Voucher Information Seminar - Those wishing to avail of a voucher, must attend an obligatory Trading Online Voucher Information seminar. At each seminar attendees will be informed of the purpose of the scheme and how best to use and get value from the application of the voucher. 

    

  Next Webinar: Wednesday 8th July          BOOKED OUT

Please Note : Due to unprecedented demand there will be no new Webinars until further notice.   

2. Submit Application Form - Only those people who attend the trading online voucher information seminar and meet the eligibility criteria will be sent an application form to apply for a voucher from our LEO. 

  

Trading Online Vouchers Initiative Rules

Terms

  • Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 90% of eligible expenditure (Net of VAT), whichever is the lesser
  • Voucher approval must be gained prior to incurring any expense
  • Own labour is not an eligible expense
  • Third party costs only will be considered
  • All third party/supplier invoices must contain proper business details (e.g. Tax and Business Registration details).

Eligible Criteria

The vouchers are targeted at businesses with the following profile:-

  • Limited Online Trading presence
  • Less than 10 employees
  • Turnover less than €2m
  • Applicant business must be trading for at least 6 months
  • Business must be located in the catchment area of a LEO that is participating in this scheme

Ineligible Projects

  • Companies with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce are not eligible to participate in this scheme
  • 'Not for Profit' and social entrepreneurship applicants until they operate in a commercial domain
  • Professional services specialising in IT type services who are already capable of trading online using existing in-house systems
  • Conferences and Seminars
  • Projects which are contrary to public policy
  • Duplication of support for projects which would be eligible for assistance from other State Agencies of EU funded Operational Programmes
  • Projects with employees in excess of 10 people
  • Projects deemed to be capable of proceeding in any event without scheme assistance i.e. deadweight
  • Projects essentially comprising importation and distribution

What the vouchers can be used for

  • IT consultation
  • Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website
  • Implementing Online payments or booking systems
  • Purchase of Internet related software
  • Purchase of online advertising (this purchase cannot make up any more than 30% of approved Voucher costs and can only be drawn down in one payment phase)
  • Developing an app (or multiplatform webpages)
  • Development of a digital marketing strategy
  • Implementing a digital marketing strategy
  • Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an on-line trading activity

What the vouchers cannot be used for

  • Development of brochure websites
  • Purchase of non-internet related software
  • Anything other than online trading related activity


Acknowledgements

This scheme is an initiative of the National Digital Strategy, developed and funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

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