A new €12 million euro fund for enterprise centres has been launched, to help centres impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fund is part of the government's July Stimulus package, a €7.4bn package of measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence.
Enterprise centres provide space, training, advice and administer grants to hundreds of companies and entrepreneurs throughout the country.
The fund is open to both not-for-profit and for-profit enterprise centres which have seen their income significantly impacted as a result of the pandemic and will be administered by Enterprise Ireland.
Grant funding of between €10,000 and €150,000 is available, to help people implement a recovery plan to reboot their centres over the next six to twelve months.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar launched the new fund this morning, saying the government is determined to do everything it can to assist businesses.
"Enterprise centres support over 2,000 companies and thousands of jobs in every region in the country. They provide space, training, finance and advice to entrepreneurs and their services will be especially important over the coming months. This funding will help them put in place a recovery plan which will ensure they can continue to deliver for all parts of Ireland. Applications are open from today and I encourage all centres who have been impacted to apply," he said.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland said that enterprise centres provide a "critical regional infrastructure" for entrepreneurs, start-up companies and small businesses.
"The €12m Enterprise Centre Fund, available from today through Enterprise Ireland, provides financial support to help eligible Enterprise Centres to continue to provide important services to start-ups in towns and villages across Ireland. These Enterprise Centres have a key role in supporting regional enterprise and contributing to economic recovery, post Covid-19," she said.
Information on how to apply is available at www.enterprise-ireland.com.
The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 30 September 2020.