Grants and Loans for Small Businesses in Finglas and Ballymun

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Business Grants – Funding for Small Business in Finglas and Ballymun “It’s difficult to see clearly”, I was told by hair salon owner Yvonne O’Shea, “what grants are available for small business in this area. Are there any?” There is a lot of support available, and it can take time to trawl through websites of government departments, local authorities and agencies. Why not write an up-to-date list of grants I asked myself? And here it is. This article is sponsored by Dublin City Council’s Ballymun and Finglas Business Advice Service.

What business advice is available? The Local Enterprise Office for the Dublin City area is the key port of call for all things enterprise, check out the informative website LEO Dublin City. In Ballymun & Finglas business advice & training for start-ups is also available from Dublin Northwest Partnership. And the Ballymun & Finglas Business Advisory Service offers advice to business owners at all stages of business growth, and refers to local agencies. Growing a Business in Ballymun or Finglas? Grants for small business available in Ballymun and Finglas.


Name of fundingFunding bodyAreaAmountFocus
Trading Online VouchersLEO Dublin CityFinglas and Ballymun, all of Dublin City, i.e. Dublin 1-13, 17 & 20Up to €2.5K, 50% match fundingEcommerce website, digitalisation, businesses with less than 10 employees
Feasibility grantLEO Dublin CityFinglas and Ballymun, all of Dublin City, i.e. Dublin 1-13, 17 & 20Up to 50% of the investment or €15,000Innovation, market research, see Eligibility Criteria
TAME Technical Assistance for Micro ExportersLEO Dublin CityFinglas and Ballymun, all of Dublin City, i.e. Dublin 1-13, 17 & 20Up to €2.5K match fundingInvestigating and researching export markets
Business Start Up,  Priming grantLEO Dublin CityFinglas and Ballymun, all of Dublin City, i.e. Dublin 1-13, 17 & 20 Up to 50% of the investment, average awarded is €35KEmployment, see Eligibility Criteria
Business Expansion grantLEO Dublin CityFinglas and Ballymun, all of Dublin City, i.e. Dublin 1-13, 17 & 20Up to 50% of the investment, average awarded is €35KEmployment
Micro Finance Ireland

Small Business Loans

LEO Dublin City is an agent for MFINationalLoans

Small loans €2-5K, other loans  from €5K to €25K 4.5% APR

Having difficulty in accessing bank finance,

COVID-19 Business Loan

Brexit Business Loan

Back to Work Enterprise AllowanceDepartment of Social ProtectionNational, in Dublin 15 contact Dublin Northwest PartnershipKeep social welfare income for first 2 years of business plus benefitsSchemes allow you start a business and retain your social welfare payments for a limited period
VariousIntertrade IrelandIreland & Northern IrelandVarious, grants to employ sales staffStimulates cross border trade
Funding for Irish SMEsStrategic Banking Corporation of Ireland SBCI NationalLoans, asset finance or invoice financeCheck out Product Wizard on Home Page SBCI 


Up-to-date information on starting a business in Ireland

For up-to-date information on Starting a Business in Ireland, I always check out the Citizens Information website, particularly Starting a business. It’s the best quick source of information I know for Tax, Social Insurance, Funding, Legal Structures, Foreign Nationals starting a business and a plethora of business supports.

Key websites

31 Local Enterprise Offices support businesses with less than 10 employees and startups, (mostly)

Enterprise Ireland support High Tech StartUps and larger companies. Also many supports for businesses with more than 10 employees. Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development & growth of Irish enterprises in global markets.

StartinIreland, new website from Enterprise Ireland

There are at least 170 business supports provided by the Irish government, and you can find all about them when you explore this handy online database aimed at startups and SMEs.


Author: Billy Linehan for @StartUpBallymun

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