Grant Opportunities from Bord Bia

Bord Bia provides financial support to Irish food, drink and horticulture companies through our Marketing Assistance and Step Change programmes. Both initiatives can enhance the competitiveness of your business by helping you take the next step in your growth progression. The MAP assists you in establishing a foothold in new and emerging niche markets, while the SCP funds significant new projects which have the potential to impact strongly on your company’s growth levels.

Please note that applications for 2019 are now closed. Applications for 2020 will open in November 2019 and close in January 2020. Dates are to be confirmed.

The Marketing Assistance Programme (MAP)

  • The MAP is open to food, drink and horticulture (edible and amenity) producers with a turnover greater than €100,000 and less than €3.5 million. Applicant Companies must be participating in the Origin Green Programme or a relevant Quality Assurance & Sustainability Scheme.
  • The MAP generally supports 50% of eligible expenditure, up to a maximum specified approved amount. Applicants who are verified Members of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Programme with an up to date Annual Review Status are entitled to support of 60 % of eligible expenditure up to a maximum specified amount. This also applies to certified members of Bord Bia Quality Assurance & Sustainability Schemes.


The Step Change Programme (SCP)

  • The SCP is open to food, drink and horticulture (edible and amenity) producers with a turnover greater than €100,000 and less than €10 million. Applicant Companies must be participating in the Origin Green Programme or a relevant Quality Assurance & Sustainability Scheme.
  • Applications for the SCP must demonstrate significant new activities or a major new project, which will involve a substantial step change or departure for the company.
  • In general, the SCP supports 60% of eligible expenditure, up to a maximum specified approved amount.
  • Grants of up to €50,000 may be allocated to a limited number of companies under the SCP If approved.

If you require any more information on grants please email vantage@bordbia.ie.