Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters


Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ grants will part-fund the cost that will be incurred in investigating and researching export markets, e.g. exhibiting at Trade Fairs, preparing marketing material and developing websites specifically targeting overseas markets. 

Note: (a)  All Applications must be typed

         (b)  Applications must be received minimum six weeks prior to attendance at Conference

Grant Terms:

  • Grant covers 50% of eligible costs (ex vat), a maximum cumulative value of €2,500 per calendar year
  • 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. You must drawdown any funding offer within a  maximum of 12 months of the letter of offer or within 2 months from the  date of attendance at the approved Trade Show; and, any approved amount not drawn down by whichever applicable date beyond the grant offer will  automatically be decommitted.
  • Successful applicants should consider using an Enterprise Ireland Mentor to develop an export/marketing plan

Projects eligible for support include:

  • The cost your first and second-time participation at an International Trade Show may be eligible for support. To make a 2nd application for Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters you must submit a report highlighting the progress made since the previous event.
  • Enterprises engaged in manufacturing or internationally traded services
  • Enterprises not employing more than 10 people
  • Enterprises located within the geographic location of the LEO Dublin City i.e. Dublin 1-17 and 20
  • Enterprise operating in the commercial sphere
  • Enterprises must demonstrate a market for their proposed product/service
  • 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 process to develop export business, e.g. new business model or the carrying out of non-regulatory requirements

Ineligible Expenditure Categories

  • Domestic trade fairs and shows unless proven that overseas buyers participate
  • Researching expanding market/sales activities within the Republic of Ireland
  • Researching into existing markets for existing products
  • Attendance at international conferences, summits, forums, symposiums, stand-alone company events are not eligible for      support.


  • Economy Flight Costs are eligible with other travel and subsistence costs subject to the LEO Dublin City maximum limits.
  • Travel & Subsistence Costs are only eligible for overseas trips as follows: Eligible Travel Costs: Economy Air/Ferry or Rail Fares; Mileage (60c per kilometre) or Economy Car Hire (mileage cannot be claimed on Car Hire). Subsistence Rates: Overnight Rate – 24-hour period: €200 per day Day rate: < 24 hours €60

  • PLEASE NOTE costs that have already been incurred prior to application are NOT ELIGIBLE

  • Applications must be typed.  Hand-written copies will not be accepted.


*Get quotes for each item, these may be in form of emails from suppliers, screengrabs from exhibition website, airline, hotel provider etc. A Quotation must be provided in respect of each item of planned expenditure in excess of €100. 

*Complete & submit application the form at the link below and return by email to - soft copy only 

*Wait for email confirming receipt of application

*Review & assessment will then take place

*If approved, a letter of offer will be sent. Please return the acceptance copy 

*After the event has taken place please submit your grant claim 

  • PLEASE NOTE costs that have already been incurred prior to application are NOT ELIGIBLE 


Scoring Criteria

Minimum score required for approval is 60 

  • Export Potential (15)
  • Quality of the Proposal (20)
  • Support Eligibility of LEO (M1) (15)
  • Increase Sales Potential (30)
  • Job Creation (20

Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters application form

For further information please contact by email at