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Factsheet for measure IE-2020-14/793 – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 April 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||26 April 2020 (updated 03 February 2022)|
The COVID-19 Business Financial Planning Grant is a new support for Enterprise Ireland clients and those manufacturing or internationally traded services companies that employ 10 or more full time employees.
The grant is designed to help companies to develop a robust financial plan, including the preparation of documentation required to support applications for external finance from banks and/or other finance providers (including Enterprise Ireland). The COVID-19 Business Financial Planning Grant, worth up to €5,000, will enable companies to access external support from approved financial consultants to prepare a financial plan to secure the company in the short to medium terms.
The grant is targeted at all Enterprise Ireland client companies and is also open to clients of other semi-state bodies (Údarás na Gaeltachta, IDA etc) that employ 10 or more full time staff and are manufacturing and/or in internationally traded services.
Grant support is available up to €5,000 (100% of expenditure) for an engagement with an approved external consultant. The resulting financial plan should help the company to understand its immediate financial position, secure the finance it requires to survive and provide a framework to sustain the business. It should also ensure that the company has a framework to identify and manage its costs and gaps in funding.
According to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: 1,034 applications were received. As of 31 December 2020, 989 were approved with a total value of €4.88 million.
According to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, up to 5 March 2021: 1,025 applications were approved with a total value of €5.07 million.
According to the COVID-19 and Brexit Business Supports Tracker 2021, 1,092 grants were approved with a value of €5.37 million, as of 24 September 2021.
According to the COVID-19 and Brexit Business Supports Tracker 2022, 1,107 grants were approved with a value of €5.51 million, as of 7 January 2022.
|Does not apply to workers||
||Does not apply to citizens|
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2020), COVID-19 business financial planning grant, measure IE-2020-14/793 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IE-2020-14_793.html
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