Immediate Covid-19 Supports

Immediate Covid-19 Supports

Helping Kildare Businesses Reopen in Summer 2021


Business Restart 2021

Avail of free of charge one-to-one advisory sessions on business concerns relating to reopening in Summer 2021. An expert mentor will be appointed to advise on concerns in the following areas:

  • Cashflow and Finance
  • Tax/VAT related Queries
  • HR and Staffing issues
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Online Strategy and promoting your reopening
  • Applying for Finance
  • Health and Safety - Reopening your shop or business premises in line with Covid 19 Government Guidelines 
  • Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Businesses (Hospitality Sector Only)
  • Or any other business-related issues that may arise due to the current circumstances.

To apply for this support: Complete the request form here >>


Reopening your Business after Covid 19 - Health & Safety Workshops

Workshop and one to one mentoring to ensure businesses are equipped to adhere to health and safety requirements when reopening. Wednesday 5th May, 9am - 1pm. Click here >>  


Outdoor Seating and Accessories Grant

Funding of up to €4K (for up to 75% of the ex-VAT cost of equipment purchased/installed) is available for Kildare businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector. *Expenditure must be incurred between 01.04.2020 and 30/09/2021.  Scheme open w.e.f. 12/04/2021 – 30/09/2021

Click here >>


Shop Front Grant Scheme: Retail Improvements

The Shop Front Improvement, Accessibility and Age Friendly Grant Scheme offers grant aid of up to €5,000 or 50% of eligible costs for painting and/or repairs. Click here >>


Retail Enhancement Scheme

Kildare LEO’s Retail+ Retail Enhancement Support Programme has supported over 30 Kildare retailers. The combined paint and merchandising scheme and mentoring and training programme featured significant financial support.


Shop County Kildare Online Trading Platform

The last 12 months has proven the essential need for Kildare businesses to be trading online. This shared e-commerce platform developed to bring Kildare businesses online is free of charge, and businesses can register here: www.shopcountykildare.ie


Trading Online Voucher Scheme

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme financially supports small businesses with trading online to boost their sales and reach new markets.

This scheme is a 50% funding opportunity with up to €2,500 available and can be used towards eligible costs such as digital marketing strategies, e-commerce websites or app development. Click here >>


Covid-19 Business Loan- Micro Finance Ireland

The Covid-19 Business Loan Scheme is available for micro-enterprises that have been impacted by Covid-19. Loans from 5k - 25k are available, with zero repayments in first 6 months. Kildare LEO will also provide mentorship to support with the application. Click here >>


Suite of Grant Aid

Available to business (subject to qualifying criterion) such as:  Feasibility Study Grant, Priming Grant, Business Expansion Grant and Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters.


Other Government supports for COVID-19 impacted businesses

There is a wide range of other supports available to help businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Financial supports, training and guidance to help your business mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and return to work safely: