Funding and grant opportunities currently open to SMEs

There are many funding programmes for entrepreneurs opening throughout the year, and as the country re-opens there are more grants being offered to help support SMEs during the Covid period.

Below are a selection of some the current funds and supports open for applications.


The accelerator focused on supporting early-stage female entrepreneurs living in rural Ireland is now open for applications. 50 new participants will be selected this year.

Enter here ahead of the September 21 deadline.


A new apprenticeship incentivisation scheme is now open for employers who will receive a €3000 incentive payment for each new apprentice.

Check out for more information.

The Equality Fund:

RethinkIreland is inviting applications for its Equality Fund – which has 3 million euro in monies – from now until September 14.  The fund wants to support projects that empower women, communities and equality.

Check out RethinkIreland here

Fáilte Ireland Covid – 19 Adaption Fund:

Supporting tourism and hospitality businesses who have incurred adaptation costs in order to re-open safely. Available grants up to €15,000 open for applications until 8 October 2020.

Find details here

Covid-91 Online Retail Scheme:

Competitive fund through Enterprise Ireland for Irish-owned retailers to develop their online offering. Awards are 80% of their project costs – maximum grants of €40,000. The call for applications opens Monday, August 31, 2020 and closes Monday, September 28 at 3pm.

For all the information click here

Enterprise Ireland Funds: 

For more on funding opportunities from EI click here

Enterprise Support Grant: 

Covid-19 support for micro-enterprises. Restart grant of up to €1000 for those not liable for commercial rates.

See here for more information.

Restart Grant Plus: 

Extra support is being provided for enterprises that could not access the original grant scheme, including rateable sports businesses and trading charity shops. Non-rated B&Bs will be eligible for a grant payment of €4,000.

For more information on the newly revised scheme click here

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