DUBLIN, Ireland - Ireland on Wednesday launched a new €12 million Enterprise Centre Fund to help enterprise centres impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund is administered by Enterprise Ireland.
Enterprise centres, which are in every region of the country, have a key role to play in the economic recovery the government says. They provide space, training, advice and administer grants to hundreds of companies and entrepreneurs throughout Ireland.
"We are determined to do everything we can to assist businesses during this difficult time. Enterprise centres support over 2,000 companies and thousands of jobs in every region in the country. They provide space, training, finance and advice to entrepreneurs and their services will be especially important over the coming months." the Tnaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said at the Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin 8 on Monday.
"This funding will help them put in place a recovery plan which will ensure they can continue to deliver for all parts of Ireland. Applications are open from today and I encourage all centres who have been impacted to apply."
The Enterprise Centre Fund is part of the government's July Stimulus package, a €7.4 billion package of measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of Covid-19.
The Fund is open to both not-for-profit and for-profit enterprise centres which have seen their income significantly impacted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Grant funding of between €10,000 and €150,000 is available. The grants will help them implement a recovery plan to reboot their centres over the next six to twelve months.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland said:
"Enterprise Centres provide a critical regional infrastructure for entrepreneurs, start-up companies and small enterprise. The €12m Enterprise Centre Fund, available from today through Enterprise Ireland, provides financial support to help eligible Enterprise Centres to continue to provide important services to start-ups in towns and villages across Ireland. These Enterprise Centres have a key role in supporting regional enterprise and contributing to economic recovery, post Covid-19."
Further information on how to apply is available here. The closing date or applications is noon on Wednesday September 30, 2020.
Eligible applicants for funding under this fund are enterprise centres that:
Are for-profit limited companies or not-for-profit DAC or CLG enterprise that were in existence in 2019.
Are headquartered in Ireland.
Provide both rented accommodation space to enterprise and capability building supports and services through the delivery of structured programmes.
Have a track record of the delivery of a suite of development programmes to start-ups in 2019. The delivery of capability building services must be a critical part of the enterprise centre's business model.
Can demonstrate that the centre requires funding to cover operational costs over the next 6 -12 months.