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16 Mar, 2022

Údarás na Gaeltachta

As this week marks the beginning of the annual Seachtain na Gaeilge festival, Doireann Breathnach, of the ifac Food and Agribusines team writes about some of the tacaíocht airgeadais / financial supports that are available from Údarás na Gaeltachta to Irish SMEs in based in ceantair Gaeltachta.

Deontais / Grants

Deontas do Chúnamh Teicniúil do Mhicrea-Easpórtálaithe

(Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters)

The technical assistance for Micro Exporters (TAME) grant is available to businesses to assist with exploring and developing new market opportunities in markets outside of Ireland. With funding of up to €2,500 available, ( 50% of eligible expenditure) it contributes to export research and marketing costs, e.g. exhibiting at Trade Fairs, preparing marketing material and developing websites specifically targeting overseas markets.

Deontas Staidéar Féidearthachta

(Feasibility Study Grant)

The Feasibility Study Grant aid is available to groups, organisations, businesses or individuals in early stages of entrepreneurship to allow them to assess the viability of a business idea.

A significant portion of costs including salaries and wages of the company’s personnel, cost of consultants, related travel and subsistence, which are directly related to the feasibility study may be covered. Other additional overheads incurred directly as a result of the Feasibility Study may also be subsidised.

Deontas Taighde agus Forbartha

(Research and Development Grant)

Research and development grants are available with the aim of assisting businesses to develop innovative products, processes and services which will lead to an enhancement of their ability to perform in increasingly competitive markets.

Eligible costs covered by grant funding include the salaries of employees working in research & development roles, directly related additional overheads, the cost of capital assets to the extent of, and for the period of their use in the research project, costs of contractual research, technical knowledge and patents bought or licensed from outside sources, other operating expenses including costs of materials, supplies, travel and subsistence and other similar costs directly related to the research activity.

Scéim Trádála ar Líne

(Online Trading Scheme)

The aim of the Trading Online Scheme is to increase both the number of Gaeltacht businesses trading online and the level of e-commerce revenue made by Gaeltacht businesses. Adapting to an online business model has been a crucial pivot for many businesses over the past two years and this scheme has been a valuable support to many Gaeltacht businesses to continue trading, ach go háirithe i rith na paindéime COVID-19.

Deontas Caipitil

(Capital Grant)

Údarás na Gaeltachta provide a capital grant to enterprises seeking aid for an initial investment for capital expenditure costs. There are certain instances where expenditure may be classified as an “initial investment”. These include:

  • The setting up of a new establishment

  • The extension of an existing establishment

  • Diversification of the output of an establishment into new, additional products

  • A fundamental change in the overall production process of an existing establishment.

Deontas Fostaíochta

(Employment Grant)

Enterprises embarking on an initial investment project may also apply for assistance towards job creation costs. The aid that may be accessed under the employment grant is calculated by reference to the expected wage costs of the jobs that are to be created as a result of the initial investment. Companies in receipt of this grant may access half of the grant aid when the job commences, while the balance is paid once the job has been in existence for six months.

Deontas Oiliúna

(Training Grant)

This grant focuses on the upskilling and training of employees. Eligible expenditure includes trainers’ travel expenses, materials/supplies, advice and consultancy and wages. The level of grant aid available from an t-Údarás varies according to the skill level required and type of training that is being given.

Is féidir na foirm iarrtais do na deontais thuasluaite a aimsiú anseo: Grants | How we help | Business | Údarás na Gaeltachta (udaras.ie)

Scéimeanna páirtmaoinithe ag an AE

(Grants part funded by the EU)

Tá scéimeanna eile á rith ag Údarás na Gaeltachta atá maoinithe i bpáirt ag an Aontas Eorpach.

Tá an-bhéim ar chúrsaí inbhuanaitheachta i bhformhór na scéimeanna seo agus is ar na réimsí seo a leanas a mbíonn siad ag díriú:

(Udarás na Gaeltachta also run other schemes with are part-funded by the European Union. Most of these schemes, which have sustainability to the forefront, focus on the following four key areas:)

  • Fuinneamh Inathnuaite / Renewable Energy

  • An Geilleagar Gorm /Blue Economy

  • Forbairt ar Scileanna Nuálaíochta Digiteacha / Development of Digital Innovation Skills

  • Forbairt ar Ghréasán Foghlama do dhaoine atá ag plé le Mionteangacha / Development of learning networks for minority languages.

Mar chuid de na scéimeanna seo, tá:

SW- GROW: This project is focused on increasing economic opportunity in an t-earnáil feamainne [seaweed industry] in the Northern Periphery of the Arctic region and aims to identify common issues throughout the region. It also aims to improve knowledge sharing in the industry by providing access to high level R&D links with academic partners. This project is set to nurture competitiveness and innovation in remote and sparsely populated areas including Gaeltacht areas.

CADI-SHAC (Capitalising on Digital Innovations for Heritage and Capacity):

Údaras na Gaeltachta have collaborated with three other European partners on this project which is focused on improving the digital offerings of SMEs to enhance their market reach. Together with partners Robert Gordon University, Scotland, Gunnar Gunnarsson Institute, Iceland and Ulster University, Northern Ireland, CADI-SHAC endeavours to upskill SMEs in margaíocht dhigiteach (digital marketing), teicneolaíocht thumthach (immersive technology), anailísíocht sonraí (data analytics) and cur chuige suite-bhunaithe (placed-based approaches).

Más mian leat gnó a dhéanamh le h-ifac trí Gaeilge, déan teagmháil linn ag:

David Leydon davidleydon@ifac.ie (Ceannnasaí na foirne Bia agus Gnó Talmhaíochta)

Mary McDonagh marymcdonagh@ifac.ie (Acmhainní Daonna agus Párolla)

Doireann Breathnach doireannbreathnach@ifac.ie (Céimí Bia agus Gnó Talmhaíochta)

Chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil faoi aon cheann de cláracha thuasluaite, déan teagmháil lenár bhfoireann Bia agus Gnó Talmhaíochta ag davidleydon@ifac.iedoireannbreathnach@ifac.ie