UPDATED 28/04 – All outstanding technical issues have now been resolved regarding the Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme.
Enterprise Ireland will launch the call for funding on April 29th 2020 to support retail companies to enhance their digital capability.
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) has proposed this Scheme in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
This is a competitive fund which will be administered by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of DBEI with a total fund size of €2million.
Applicants must be an Irish-owned retail enterprise that had 10 or more employees on or before 29 February 2020, have a retail outlet and have an existing online presence.
The Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme is complimentary to the Online Trading Voucher provided by Local Enterprise Offices for companies with less than 10 employees.
The maximum grant available is €40,000. Successful applicants will be awarded funding to support a maximum of 80% of the project costs. The minimum grant amount payable is €10,000.
Costs which successful companies will be eligible to claim for include: salary costs and consultancy fees to develop a digital strategy, enhance the company’s website or to provide training.
The final date for companies to submit an application is 3.00pm on Wednesday 20th May 2020. Full details of application process and eligibility rules will be published on the EI website shortly:
To fully appraise companies of the application process and the key issues to be addressed in an application, Enterprise Ireland are hosting a Webinar this Friday April 17th at 11.00 a.m. The Webinar will be for no more that 45 minutes and I would encourage all interested parties to participate. Participant numbers are limited so attendance is on a first come, first served basis. The Webinar will be recorded and available on the Enterprise Ireland website afterwards. Please see the link to share and to register prior to the event: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8504048846458333451
If you have any queries on the Scheme or the application process you can contact Enterprise Ireland via firstname.lastname@example.org