Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters' Grant Funding

The provision of Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ Grant will enable clients to explore and develop new market opportunities.

Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ Grants will part-fund the costs that can be incurred in investigating and researching export markets, e.g. exhibiting at Trade Fairs, preparing marketing material and developing websites specifically targeting overseas markets. These grants should increase the numbers of LEO clients developing new export opportunities. 

 Grant Terms:

  • Grant Covers 50% of eligible costs (net of vat) to a max of €2,500.
  • 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.
  • Successful applicants should consider using an Enterprise Ireland Mentor to develop an export/marketing plan.

 Projects eligible for support include:

  • enterprises not employing more than 10 people;
  • enterprises located within the geographic location of the Local Enterprise Office
  • enterprises operating in the commercial sphere
  • enterprises must demonstrate a market for their proposed product/service
  • enterprises engaged in manufacturing or internationally traded services
  • 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 processes to develop export business, e.g. new business model or the carrying out of non-regulatory technical requirements;

*Note -   Economy Flight Costs are eligible with other travel and subsistence costs subject to the Local Enterprise Office maximum limits.

Ineligible Activities

  • Achieving compliance with statutory regulation or legislation
  • Standard training courses
  • Ineligible sectors as defined by the Financial Instrument
  • 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.

Request Advice or Support with your Grant Application:

Do you need to speak to an advisor about your eligibility and suitability for grant funding? We have business advisors ready to assist you with any queries you may have about grant support.

Submit your request for support here.

Before Submitting your Application:

Complete the Export Readiness Assessment.

An critical success factor in securing sustainable export growth is your business's readiness to export. Our assessment will enable you to identify what key aspects of your business need improvement and help us to identify what supports to recommend to you. 

The assessment will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and our export advisor will review your submission and get in touch with you to discuss your business's export ambition. 

You can start the assessment here>>.

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