Priming Grants

A Priming Grants is a business start-up grant, available to micro enterprises within the first 18 months of start-up.

Priming grants may be available for sole traders, partnerships, or limited companies that fulfil the following criteria:

  • A business employing up to 10 employees
  • Established, registered and operate within Dublin City area
  • Must operate commercially
  • A manufacturing or internationally traded services business 
  • A domestically traded service business with the potential to trade internationally  and also potential for new job creation
  • Salary support may be offered to unique tourism services projects that are focused predominantly on generating revenues from overseas visitors and which do not give rise to deadweight and/or displacement in the local economy.

Eligible clients may be awarded a Priming Grant within the first eighteen months of trading.

The company must have sales and must be employing one new full-time employee.  The new employee may be the Promoter, provided no previous funding has been received towards Promoter Salary or salary drawdown from business before submitted an application. Staff recuitment costs may also be considered eligible for grant aid.

Eligible Costs:

Salary Costs

For 1st year of employment this will be paid in two instalments.  The first instalment at the commencement of employment and the second instalment once the employment has continued in existence for a period of six months.  The level of grant support should reflect the salary scale proposed for the employment being generated.

  • Job Creation Salary costs average €10,000 per person for salary €30,000 or higher
  • Job Creation Salary costs average €  7,500 per person for salary <€30,000

The maximum Priming Gant that can be paid is 50% of the investment.  The average Priming Grant successfully awarded is approx €35,000 depending on the number of jobs created.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Must be at least one new full-time job created.
  • The business should have started trading and should have sales.
  • A current valid Business Tax Clearance Certificate required.

***You must meet with a Business Advisor before you submit an application form. Click here to find out about how to apply***

Is your business established more than 18 months? Check out our Business Expansion Grant