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COVID 19 Online Retail Scheme by Enterprise Ireland

COVID 19 Online Retail Scheme by Enterprise Ireland

Did you know that if you meet the below criteria you could be eligible for a grant worth up to €40,000 and izest Marketing can help you with all of the eligible activities listed. For more info just call us on 01 6854610.

This is a competitive fund administered by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of DBEI with a total fund size of €2m. Applications are now open.

Successful applicants will be awarded funding to support a maximum of 80% of the project eligible costs with a maximum grant of €40,000 to cover research, consultancy costs and training with a view to developing a sophisticated and transactional online presence.

Eligibility Criteria

Must be/have:

  • Irish-owned retail enterprise
  • 10 or more employees on or before 29th February
  • Potential to sustain or create jobs
  • Potential to generate growth in online transactions
  • Ambition to internationalise the business in the future
  • Have an existing online presence (website or social media)
  • Have a retail outlet which generates the majority of your revenue
  • Project must have a minimum value of €12,500 of which a max of €10,000 will be covered by the grant

Eligible Activities


  • In-depth analysis of the company’s current and potential online presence and capabilities, target audience and brand.

Strategy Development

  • Development of a writed digital strategy and roadmap for implementation
  • Identifying how the company’s value proposition should be demonstrated online
  • Ensuring that the company’s online presence is being fully utilised/ optimised.
  • Consideration of omnichannel offering (including marketplaces and social media).


  • Optimising the company’s online presence to ensure domestic and international visibility
  • Enhancing related “back end” systems such as CMS.

Eligible Costs Include

  • Salary of a senior inhouse project champion (Max €1000 per week for max of 25 weeks)
  • Fees for established external provider(s) to develop digital strategy (Max €900 per day per firm, regardless of number of employees engaged with the project)
  • Fees for established external provider(s) to further develop/enhance the company’s transactional website or online presence. Must add additional functionality. (Max €900 per day per firm, regardless of number of employees engaged with the project)
  • Training to enable the business to maintain a robust online presence ie. CMS, eMarketing, e-commerce systems, SEO etc.

What is not covered?

  • Upgrades to existing online channels that would happen anyway or would be considered business as usual
  • Purchase of hardware of “off the shelf” software packages
  • Funding of online advertising campaigns

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Quality of proposal and potential impact on the business as demonstrated in the proposal – 40%
  2. Impact of proposed changes on the competitive position and viability of the company – 40%
  3. Ambition to internationalise the business – 10%
  4. Company’s financial track record – 10%


To talk to us about how we could help your business with your grant application call 01 6854610

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