Funding for your Learning Journey

Financial support to enhance effectiveness

The Continuous Improvement Funding Menu

Lean Ireland is an approved Lean Start, Lean Plus and Lean Transform service provider, for IDA and Enterprise Ireland clients. Lean Ireland lean consultants have over 20 years’ experience in working with IDA and Enterprise Ireland clients on lean transformation. Lean Ireland has supported lean projects in services, manufacturing and healthcare. 

The availability of funding, to hire an additional external pair of hands, or boost the training budget, is a great incentive to step back from the business ‘busyness’ and re-charge your continuous improvement programme. If you are eligible, an external resource will support and coach personnel as they learn smarter and more customer friendly ways of delivering value to customers. This impacts significantly positively on customer service and the bottom line.

There are many funding options available to organisations, and new options become available on a regular basis. The following list is not exhaustive, and you are advised to use the ‘Learn More’ buttons for each section, for a direct click through to the funding body. Please contact your local funding body representative to discuss options and eligibility.

IDA Grants

The Industrial Development Authority (IDA) offers a number of business development, research, lean transformation and grants to small and medium multinational organisations. Cordatus Consulting, trading as Lean Ireland is a registered Lean consulting advisor with Enterprise Ireland. Lean and six sigma techniques are a brilliant way to engage with customers, develop new products and services, and improve existing products and services. Click on the ‘Lean More’ link below and contact you local IDA representative to day. 

Enterprise Ireland Grants

Enterprise Ireland offers a number of business development, research, lean transformation and grants to small, medium and large Irish owned organisations. Cordatus Consulting, trading as Lean Ireland is a registered Lean consulting advisor with Enterprise Ireland. Lean and six sigma techniques are a brilliant way to engage with customers, develop new products and services, and improve existing products and services. Click on the ‘Lean More’ link below and contact you local Enterprise Ireland representative to day. 

Údarás na Gaeltachta Grants

For companies in Gaeltacht areas, Údarás na Gaeltachta provides a range of financial incentives in the form of grant assistance to assist varied business needs. Cordatus Consulting, trading as Lean Ireland is a registered Lean consulting advisor with Enterprise Ireland. Lean and six sigma techniques are a brilliant way to engage with customers, develop new products and services, and improve existing products and services. For details and to check your eligibility click on the ‘Lean More’ link below and contact your local Údarás representative today.

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Grants

Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) provide a range of financial supports designed to assist with the establishment and/or growth of enterprises (limited company, individuals/sole trader, cooperatives and partnerships) employing up to ten people. Cordatus Consulting, trading as Lean Ireland is a registered Lean consulting advisor with LEO. Lean and six sigma techniques are a brilliant way to engage with customers, develop new products and services, and improve existing products and services. For details and to check your eligibility for any of the above, click on the ‘Lean More’ link below and contact your local LEO representative today.

R&D Funding Opportunities & Tax Credits

There are a variety of Research and Development tax credits available to companies be they small or large. Lean and six sigma techniques are a brilliant way to develop new products and services. R&D Tax Credits are worth approximately €700m per annum to 1500 companies in Ireland. The credit is calculated at a percentage % of qualifying expenditure and is used to reduce a company’s Corporation Tax. To review the Revenue guidance, please click on the ‘Learn More’ link below. 

Intertrade Ireland

InterTradeIreland has been helping small businesses in Ireland and Northern Ireland explore new cross-border markets, develop new products, processes and services and become investor ready over the last 20 years. For details and to check your eligibility for any of the above, please click on the ‘Learn More’ link below and contact your local InterTrade Ireland representative.

Invest NI

As the regional business development agency, Invest NI’s role is to grow the economy of Northern Ireland, by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally. For details and to check your eligibility for any of the above, please click on the ‘Learn More’ link below and contact your local Invest NI representative.

So, the big question – Am I eligible? All of the funding opportunities come with terms and conditions. There’s no magic wand, and the application process can sometimes be off-putting (who likes paperwork?), however it is well worthwhile. The funding typically gives a scaled percentage of your actual investment, in redesigning your business model to increase competitiveness, and enhance your market position so you grow further in new markets. Also, there is typically a cap on the amount of funding that can be claimed from the agencies over a defined period of time. Your local representative will be able to help you out.

The above is only a sampling of funding and is not designed to be exhaustive. If you know of any other sources that may help companies, please let us know. I wish you well with your funding research and application process.