The Local Enterprise Office provides grant assistance, training and mentoring to individual businesses. Among the supports offered are Trading Online Vouchers, Microfinance Loans and a range of other financial supports.
Alongside this, the Economic Development Unit also provides a number of direct financial supports to businesses based in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area.
Shopfront Improvement Scheme
Business owners carrying out shopfront improvements may be eligible for a grant of 50 per cent of the cost (before VAT) of the works, subject to a maximum grant of €5,000 per premises. Full details and the online application form are available here.
Occupation of Vacant Commercial Premises
The scheme is open to businesses that occupy a commercial premises which was vacant for a minimum of six months at the date of application. A sliding-scale refund of 75%, 50% and 25% of the rates paid in the first three years, subject to a maximum refund of €7,500, €5,000 and €2,500 respectively for each year, is available to eligible businesses. Further information is available here.
Street Furniture Grant
The objective of the Street Furniture Grant is to contribute to vibrant town and village centres by assisting and supporting the hospitality sector in establishing outdoor dining facilities in the public realm. The Grant provides support towards the cost of equipment to provide on-street outdoor seating and accessories in reopening post Covid-19. Further information is available here.
Seasonal Fund Grant
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council provides funding to business representative organisations to bring seasonal cheer to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s Towns, Villages and Neighbourhood Centres for Christmas. Funding is available for lighting and decorating commercial areas, making them attractive spaces for customers to visit and shop locally. The fund is open for applications since August for 2022, you can appy here.
The Council’s Finance Department administers the Business Support Grant, which automatically applies grant support to qualifying businesses via their Commercial Rates bill. The Commercial Rates Section also provides advice and information to businesses facing difficulties in meeting their Rates obligations.
Business Area Promotion Grants
Business Area Promotion Grants provide financial support to business groups for promotion and marketing activities aimed at driving footfall and encouraging economic growth. The Scheme is currently closed to applications, though further funding may be made available later in 2022.