Useful Information

Step 1 - Eligibility Criteria & Application

Should you require clarification or assistance, please call us (01) 222 5611

Step 2 - Develop Your Business Plan

  • The Local Enterprise Office offers a range of business seminars for exploring your business idea and 'Start Your Own Business' training courses that help you develop your Business Plan and financial projections (Click here for details).
  • Once you have a Draft Business Plan it is useful to get some feedback. You might consider applying for the Local Enterprise Office Mentor Programme to help prepare your application (Click here for details).

Step 3 - Other Sources of Finance for Your Small Business

  • Micro Finance Ireland
  • Halo Business Angel Partnership
  • Inner City Enterprise provides  loans of up to €5,000 to start up or expanding new businesses. Inner City Enterprise provides loans to people who want to create their own enterprise and who cannot access funding, or sufficient funding, from other sources for more information contact or Call: 01 6174852
  • Your local Bank or Credit Union

Step 4 - Grants & Refundable Financial Assistance 

  • Please note most financial assistance includes a refundable loan. In some cases the financial assistance may be 33%, 50% or 100% refundable.

Step 5 - Applications for Eligible Businesses (read Step 1 )

  • Click here for details of the Application Process
  • If you have applied for Enterprise Ireland or have received Enterprise Ireland funding/ Innovation Voucher or JobPlus funding you will need to declare this. This excludes you from receiving Local Enterprise Office funding. We double check but this saves us time.
  • Please note we can only accept a limited number of applications per round. It is advisable not to wait until the deadline day to submit your application. Any applications which are submitted after our quota has been reached will be put forward to the next round.
  • Please note that businesses assisted from Local Enterprise Office are considered; ‘beneficiaries of aid under the 07-13 ROP and must accept their inclusion in the list of beneficiaries published in accordance with point (d) of Article 7(2) of the Implementation Regulation’