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.
Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme
A new Outdoor Dining Scheme, supported by Fáilte Ireland in partnership with local authorities, opened for applications on April 12th 2021. The scheme provides funding of up to 75% of the ex VAT cost of equipment purchased/installed, with a maximum allowable contribution of €4,000 per applicant premises.
This grant will be available to all individual tourism and hospitality businesses to develop and increase their own outdoor seating capacity whether on private premises or in the public realm.
The online application can be accessed here.
The closing date for applications under the scheme is Thursday, September 30th 2021.
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.
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. A further round of funding is expected to open for applications in autumn 2021.