GreenStart is a grant for a training/consultancy/advisory project of up to 7 days carried out by an external Green Service Provider directly with an eligible business. The aim of the project is to improve the environmental performance of the business thereby increasing the agility and resilience of clients to climate change impacts. The grant is intended for businesses unfamiliar with or lacking sufficient capability in environmental improvement methodologies.

Eligible Businesses

GreenStart is open to:

  • Micro-enterprises (between 1 and 9) in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors where the turnover is in excess of €30,000 annually and the business is trading in excess of 6 months, who have undertaken a Green For Business, and for whom an additional need for support has been identified

  • Small enterprises (employing between 10 and 50) who are operating in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors, where the turnover is in excess of €30,000 annually and the business is trading in excess of 6 months and who are not currently clients of Enterprise Ireland/Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Ineligible Businesses

  • Domestically focused retail, personal services, professional services and construction services.
  • Are operating in the coal or steel sector.
  • Are active in the primary agricultural, fishery or aquaculture sectors.
  • Are involved in activities that Local Enterprise Offices considers as ineligible or as involving an unacceptable reputational risk. Ineligible activities include activities relating to:
  • The gambling sector, including ‘gaming’ (as defined in the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956).
  • Adult entertainment.
  • Tobacco and tobacco related products.
  • Cannabis-based products which are not authorised as medicines.

Eligible Assignments may include guidance with

  • Environmental Management System based on ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ continuous improvement philosophy
  • Sustainable strategy and aligning to national/international frameworks e.g. Origin Green, UN Environmental SDGs, CDP.
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Circular Economy thinking and transition to circular economy business models
  • Range of activities including Carbon Footprinting, Green Procurement, Green Tenders, Sustainable Packaging, Sustainable Logistics, Plastic Management, Developing a Biodiversity action plan, Climate Adaptation, Sustainability Benchmarking, Communications, Employee and Customer Engagement.

Please complete an application form here.