Overview of Community Enterprise Initiative
- Fostering an increased collaborative, networked and linked approach to regional and local enterprise development and job creation
- Establishment of hubs, accelerators, networks and clusters or other partnerships based on regional strengths, opportunities and uniqueness. Within this is the establishment of partnership activities where innovative start-ups can be established in a supportive network before graduating to other support mechanisms or self-sufficiency
- Proactively seeking out, encouraging and supporting applications from economically disadvantaged areas and areas facing potential economic shock to foster potential opportunities for job creation and supporting enterprise
- Promotion of a progression pathway for companies as they start, develop and scale.
Am I eligible? Who can apply?
- A chain of Community Enterprise Centres could collaborate that would have the capacity to offer better support services
- The recruitment of Enterprise Partners could give access to a greater level of practical problem solving expertise (financial, taxation, internationalisation etc.)
- The forming of alliances with the local Higher Education Institute (HEI) or Education & Training Board (ETB) could give access to domain expertise (marketing, exporting, prototyping, design etc.) that could strengthen the capability of clients etc.
- Pre and new start-ups
- Expanding existing businesses
- New Job creation
- Added value to existing jobs
- Creation of new networks, hubs and clusters
- Creation of a platform for the provision of expertise, upskilling, management development, mentoring etc.
- Filling gaps identified in regional enterprise strategies
- Leveraging of other enterprise supports e.g. mentoring, funding, etc.
- Enterprise supported and ‘championed’ by the private sector networks, entrepreneurs etc.
What is the maximum funding available?
- 50% of costs for a feasibility study/local business plan up to a maximum of €25,000
- 50% of cost* of suitably skilled personnel who can deliver and develop the project and leverage the support of other agencies and private sector supports
- 50% of building modification costs up to a maximum of €200,000 per facility to upgrade and enhance the infrastructure to meet current and emerging business needs where justified by the criteria set out
- 50% of costs for delivery of new services as a result of wider collaborations up to a maximum of €200,000 such as the establishment of hubs, incubators, clusters, networks, mentoring or other partnerships to promote job creation through new start-ups, business expansion, innovation and exports. Other innovative solutions stimulating the start-up culture, enterprise capability and job creation potential of the region is also encouraged.
How do I apply? How are applications assessed?
What are the call close dates?
Key contact/more information
Programme Manager – Micro Enterprise and Small Business Unit, Enterprise Ireland
Tel: +353 61 429927