Priming Grant

Priming Grant - For Businesses Trading less than 18 months

A Priming Grant is a business start-up grant, available to micro enterprises within the first 18 months of start-up.

Priming grants may be available for sole traders, partnerships or limited companies that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Located within Offaly
  • A business which on growth may or may not fit the Enterprise Ireland portfolio
  • A  business employing up to 10 employees
  • A Manufacturing or Internationally traded services business
  • A Domestically traded services business with the potential to trade internationally
  • A domestically traded services business being established by a female returning to the workforce or unemployed persons where the potential for deadweight and displacement does not exist”

Subject to the 50% limit, a maximum grant of up to €15,000 per full time job created shall apply in respect of any employment support grant aided.

In all other cases, the maximum grant shall be 50% of the investment or €80,000 whichever is the lesser.

Grants over €80,000 and up to €150,000 shall be the exception and shall only apply in the case of projects that clearly demonstrate a potential to graduate to Enterprise Ireland and/or to export internationally.

The maximum Priming Grant payable must not exceed 50% of the investment or €150,000 whichever is the lesser.

Expenditure may be considered under the following headings:

  • Capital Items. These include fit out of workspace, equipment, machinery etc (Note acquisition and construction of building and purchase of mobile assets are excluded from grant aid).
  • Salary Costs. For 1st year of employment. This to be paid out in two instalments. The first instalment at the commencement of employment and the second instalment once the employment has continued in existence for a period of six months. The level of grant support should reflect the salary scale proposed for the employment being generated.  It is anticipated that only quality jobs attracting salaries in excess of €40,000 will be eligible for the maximum €15,000 grant support with appropriately scaled back grants offered in accordance with proposed salary for lower paid positions.
  • Rental/Accommodation Costs . For 1st year of project. (Note where rental space is already subsidized by an investment of public funds then grant support should reflect the differential between the market rate and subsidised rate).  Rental costs may be paid up front subject to receipt by the Head of LEO of signed lease/rental agreements
  • Utility Costs. These include installation costs for telephone & broadband. (Note mobile phone costs are excluded)
  • Marketing Costs. These include packaging, brochures, business cards, trade fairs, website design and development, and other marketing initiatives.
  • Consultancy Costs. These include design fees, architect, accountant and legal fees.

The closing date for priming grant applications is the 1st day of each month to be included in the following month's Evaluations & Approvals Committee Meeting (i.e - a full application submitted before the 1st January will be evaluated at February's Evaluations & Approvals Committee Meeting.)  

Please note there is no meeting in January or August

If you are interested in applying for this grant we would ask you to please complete the Grant Expression of Interest form

Your completed Grant Expression of Interest Application Form will be reviewed and a member of our team will be in touch within 10 working days to advise if you are eligible to apply for grant funding.