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.
We’re giving you a list of some the upcoming Online Trading Voucher scheme deadlines and dates of information seminars right the way across the country!
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 application deadlines and dates of Online Trading Voucher scheme information seminars (mandatory for most applications) across Ireland:
FINGAL – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
DUBLIN CITY – next seminar March 8th BOOK HERE
SOUTH DUBLIN – email here to register interest CLICK HERE
DUN LAOGHAIRE-RATHDOWN – next seminar on March 6th BOOK HERE
CARLOW – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
WICKLOW – deadline for applications is March 10th CLICK HERE
WESTMEATH – next seminar March 8th BOOK HERE
MEATH – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
KILDARE – next seminar on March 9th BOOK HERE
OFFALY – next seminar March 10th BOOK HERE
CAVAN – next seminar March 23rd BOOK HERE
LOUTH – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
DONEGAL – next seminar on March 14th BOOK HERE
LONGFORD – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
LEITRIM – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
ROSCOMMON – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
MAYO – next seminar on February 21st BOOK HERE
SLIGO – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
LAOIS – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
KILKENNY – deadline for applications is February 13th BOOK HERE
LIMERICK next seminar February 8th BOOK HERE
CLARE – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
KERRY – next seminar March 9th BOOK HERE
CORK NORTH & WEST – next seminar February 9th BOOK HERE
SOUTH CORK – deadline for applications is February 16th APPLY HERE
CORK CITY – register expression of interest CLICK HERE
TIPPERARY – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE
WATERFORD – next seminar March 7th BOOK HERE
WEXFORD – next seminar February 16th BOOK HERE