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Government Supports

Financial Support

In this section you will find information on:

  • Microfinance Fund
  • Credit Guarantee Scheme
  • Employment & Investment Incentive Scheme
  • R&D Tax Credit
  • Accelerated Capital Allowance
  • National Pensions Reserve Fund
  • Home Renovations Incentive
  • Credit Review Office

Employment Schemes

In this section you will find information on:

  • First Steps and Jobs Plus Youth Programmes
  • Skills to Work Website
  • JobsPlus
  • Jobsbridge
  • Momentum
  • Succeed in Ireland

SME Online Tool

The Government has launched a website to help SMEs access information on available supports. This is a guide to help small businesses and entrepreneurs find out what Government supports are available to help them establish and grow their business. It provides information on and relevant links to over 170 Government business supports for SMEs through an easy-to-use online tool. Click here to see the tool.

EU Supports

Point of single contact (EU-GO Network)

  • The Irish Point of Single Contact (, brings together information on procedures and services to those intending to establish a business in Ireland.
  • You can find the following key information for business:
  • Procedures required for providing services in Ireland (e.g. procedures required for working as an Architect in Ireland).
    Licences/permits issued by Government Department/relevant Offices in Ireland
    Procedures required for doing business in other EU countries