A new year means new chances to apply for a grant of up to €2,500 from the Online Trading Voucher Scheme from your Local Enterprise Office.

If you’re looking to get serious with your online presence, this is a clever investment in halving the costs of your next digital project.

First off, below you’ll find a recap from a previous blog on the application procedure. Next up we’re giving you a list of some the upcoming Online Trading Voucher scheme deadlines and dates of information seminars.


What is an Online Trading Voucher?

The Local Enterprise Office states that the scheme has been launched:

…to support small Irish businesses to enhance their online trading presence. The objective of the scheme is to help small businesses grow their sales, exports and ultimately jobs.

These Online Trading Vouchers are available up to the value of €2,500 (50% of eligible costs up to the maximum of €2,500). 

The maximum project cost is therefore €5,000 (€2,500 your own costs and then €2,500 in online trading vouchers). The project total can go above and beyond €5,000, but the voucher maximum is €2,500. So plan ahead and maximise your investment in your online presence.


“Online Trading Voucher” or “Trading Online Voucher”?

The official line is “Trading Online Voucher”, but public consensus is calling them “Online Trading Voucher”, because that makes a lot more sense. They are the same thing.


Is my business eligible?

The vouchers are meant for businesses that either have none or a limited online trading presence. So this is the micro-checklist to see if you can apply:

  • Less than 10 employees
  • Turnover less than €2million
  • Applicants must be registered
  • Trading for minimum of 12 months.

Note: ineligible projects include those with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, ‘’not for profit’’ organisations, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce.


Vouchers can be used for:

The Trading Online Vouchers can be used for the

  • development or upgrade of an e-commerce website such as implementing online payments or booking systems
  • purchase of Internet related software
  • online advertising
  • development of an app
  • implementation of a digital marketing strategy
  • consultation with ICT experts for early stage adopters of online strategy
  • training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an online trading activity

Vouchers cannot be used for:

  • Development of brochure websites
  • Purchase of non-internet related software
  • Anything other than online trading related activity


Mark your calendars – important dates! 

Below is a list of some application deadlines and dates of Online Trading Voucher scheme information seminars (mandatory for most applications) within the Dublin border counties:

Wicklow Local Enterprise Office

  • Application deadline is April 4th 2016 at 3pm
  • Please click above link for more info

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Local Enterprise Office

  • Next information seminar is May 19th 2016
  • Please click link above for more info

Dublin City Local Enterprise Office

  • Please apply online at the above link

Dublin Fingal Local Enterprise Office

Kildare Local Enterprise Office

  • Please click link above for more info

Meath Local Enterprise Office 

  • Accepting applications on an ongoing basis
  • Please click link above for more info

Carlow Local Enterprise Office 

  • Accepting applications on an ongoing basis
  • Please click link above for more info

Dublin South Local Enterprise Office 

  • Next information session TBC
  • Please email [email protected] with your expression of interest

 


 There are a number of steps to the process, but the very first step in application is to register for one of the upcoming Online Trading Voucher Seminars. Follow this link to your Local Enterprise Office and follow the steps there.

Good Luck!