How do I apply?

How do I apply for the online trading voucher

how do i apply

  • Note as of 1st January 2021 the 90% Trading Online Voucher rate will change to a 50% rate. Trading Online Vouchers to the value of €2,500 (50% of eligible costs up to the maximum of €2,500) will be available.
To apply you must
  • Read the criteria below to ensure this grant is suitable for your business. This is extremely important to ensure you understand the remit of this grant and to maximise your chance of a successful application
  • Attend the next information session held by the Local Enterprise Office Kildare.  In order to apply for the grant you must attend this session.
  • You will receive a copy of the application form at the information session.
  • Submit your completed application form along with 3 supplier quotes to Local Enterprise Office, Áras Chill Dara, Naas, Co Kildare
  • Your application will be assessed by our evaluation committee on a rolling basis
  • The application process for the Vouchers will be a competitive process.
  • You will receive notification of the result of your application within 20 working days
  • You will then be given four months to complete the work as specified in your application

The following criteria apply to this grant:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (exclusive 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).

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 registered and trading for at least 6 months;
  • Business must be located in the County to which you are applying.

Ineligible Projects

  • Companies with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, “not for profit” organisations, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce are not eligible to participate in the innovation voucher initiative;
  • 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);
  • Implementing a digital marketing strategy i.e. Social media marketing;
  • Consultation with ICT experts for early stage adopters of online 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.


  • An evaluation committee will assess the applications and make recommendations for approval;
  • A competitive process will be put in place to assist with selection process. Selection of successful applicant will be based on the following criteria:
  • 1. Eligibility for scheme
  • 2. Value added potential
  • 3. Export potential
  • 4. Job creation potential
  • 5. Financial Sustainability


  • 3 Quotes are essential for each component of the project
  • Funding is provided by the LEO of the area in which the business operates and provides employment - If the case is that the business is registered in Kildare, but operates in Dublin for example, the business will be funded by and must submit the application to Dublin. 
  • Applications must be signed - even if this means scanning or taking a photo of the pages requesting a signature.

More Information

If you would like to find out more about the online trading voucher contact:  Local Enterprise Office Kildare on 045 980 838 or email