Overview of GreenStart

GreenStart provides an introduction to environmental best practice and helps in the preparation of a formalised environmental management structure. This can help your company achieve competitive advantage through greater resource efficiency (energy/water/waste costs) and greater market share through enhanced credentials in a short, focused engagement. The initiative is designed for companies that are unfamiliar with and lacking capability in using environmental systems and structures.

GreenStart is not just for manufacturing companies! Software and internationally traded services companies can avail of funding to learn about and implement environmental improvements to their business.

Companies can apply for grant support towards the cost of hiring an Environmental consultant/trainer to undertake a short in-company assignment which will introduce environmental best practice systems and structures, achieve cost reduction targets and lay a foundation for future environmental improvement projects. Assignments will typically be carried out over 8 to 10 weeks. Companies will be eligible to receive support for a maximum of 7 consultancy days to a limit of €3,150. For more information, download GreenStart Assignment Guidelines.


Am I eligible?

GreenStart is open to small and medium companies that are Enterprise Ireland clients or potential clients who have been trading for at least 5 years engaged in manufacturing or eligible internationally traded services. Large companies are not eligible to apply.


What costs are eligible and what is the maximum funding available?

The typical cost of undertaking a GreenStart assignment is €6,300. Enterprise Ireland will provide 50% grant funding for the project (up to €3,150). The company must pay the balance.

The maximum grant funding available from Enterprise Ireland is €3,150. If the cost of the GreenStart assignment is less than €6,300 the company is still required to pay the first €1,300 in costs.

Eligible Expenditure is limited to the cost of hiring an Environmental consultant/trainer for a maximum of 7 days.

The maximum daily fee payable to a consultant/trainer is €900 inclusive of travel and subsistence and all out-of-pocket expenses.

Note: Receipt of other grants from Enterprise Ireland may impact on your eligibility for support under this initiative.


What are the call close dates?

There are no call close dates. The process is not competitive and is approved by Enterprise Ireland management.


How do I apply?

All applications for funding should be discussed with your Enterprise Ireland Adviser prior to submission. You can apply via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System.

Prior to applying you must do the following:

If the company has already initiated a GreenStart assignment before submitting an application to Enterprise Ireland, the application and associated expenditure will not be accepted.


Where can I find a suitable consultant/trainer?

A Directory of Green Service providers interested in undertaking assignments under this initiative is maintained by Enterprise Ireland. The directory holds a profile provided by each service providers on their expertise and experience with environmental projects. A company may select a service provider from this directory, or it may select a service provider who is not. In either case, before the company applies for funding, sufficient information must be provided to Enterprise Ireland to demonstrate that the proposed service provider is qualified to carry out the proposed work and has previously carried out similar assignments satisfactorily.

Enterprise Ireland does not give any warranty, either express or implied, as to the qualifications or suitability of any of the persons on the list of service providers and Enterprise Ireland will not be liable for any loss and/or damage caused by a company’s decision to retain the services of such a service provider.


Key contact/more information

For more information, please contact your Enterprise Ireland Adviser. If you are not a client, please contact your nearest Enterprise Ireland Regional Office.

For general enquiries about the Green Offer, please contact:

Kathleen O’Regan
Enterprise Ireland
+353 61 777072