Micro Exporter's Grant

Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters’ Grant Funding Guidelines

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;
  • Travel and Subsistence Costs are only eligible for overseas trips as follows:

-          Only Economy Air/Ferry or Rail Fares

-          Mileage (@ 60c per kilometre

-          Economy Car Hire (mileage cannot be claimed on car hire)

-          Subsistence Rate of €200 per 24 hour period and €60 for <24 hours.

 

Ineligible Activities

  • 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

 

Click on the link below to view/download an application form.

Application Form and Guidelines

 

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