Priming Grant


Priming support is a business start-up grant to help fund the cost of starting a small business in Limerick. It is for new businesses within the first 18 months after start up.

How to Apply

It is important to contact a business advisor for guidance before you submit your application form. Telephone 061 557499 for more information.

Application Form

Download and complete Application Form for Priming Grant (PDF)

Access and complete online Application Form for Priming Grant (e-form)

This financial support is designed to provide a flexible suite of supports to LEO clients and potential clients.  Download our brochure on LEO Financial Supports.

Business Plan

Please note that a comprehensive and up to date business plan is required with each funding application. Click here to download the Template.  

Applications should be typed and submitted with supporting documentation as follows: one copy by email to and a hard copy delivered/posted to our office.

The Process

It is necessary to meet with a business advisor following submission of your application. Once the application is considered to meet all the application criteria, it will be considered at the next meeting of our Evaluation and Approvals Committee.

Draw down of funding

Information will be provided on the draw down process at the time of accepting the offer of funding.

Capability Development

Clients are strongly encouraged to participate in the various business and management skills development offered by the Local Enterprise Office.


If approved, grant funds are not paid retrospectively (i.e. not paid on expenditure paid by the business owner prior to receipt by a LEO executive of the approved application documentation). If Priming Grant is approved, 30% of the amount received by the business is repayable to LEO Limerick (over 3 years, interest free, with a one month moratorium on commencement of repayments).

Upcoming Submission Dates / EVAC Meeting Dates

November 2018:

Deadline for Submission of Application: 26th October 2018

Meeting Date: 20th November 2018

Date for Submission to EI: 23rd November 2018

January/February 2019:

Deadline for Submission of Application: 12th January 2019

Meeting Date: 5th February 2019