Grant Opportunities for 2018

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. Almost 185 companies availed of supports under these programmes in 2017.

Don’t miss the opportunity in 2018. See below for further information.


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 in 2017 and less than €3.5 million in 2017. The turnover of linked (by common shareholders) and partner enterprises in a group will also be taken into account to determine eligibility for the MAP.

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 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 in 2017 and less than €10 million in 2017. The turnover of linked (by common shareholders) and partner enterprises in a group will also be taken into account to determine eligibility for the MAP.

Applicant Companies must be participating in 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 in 2017. If approved, the grant will cover activities over the two years 2018 and 2019.


Application Process
  • Download: MAP-2018-Application-Form and MAP-2018-Conditions are available at this location.
  • The closing date for receipt of applications for both the MAP and SCP is Wednesday 31st January 2018. Late applications will not be accepted
  • You are encouraged to submit an application as early as possible before the deadline date. Applications may be submitted from today.
  • Application forms should be typed  and saved as an MS Word document and e-mailed back to john.nugent@bordbia.ie. Handwritten or hardcopy applications will not be accepted.
  • Financial Information: Applicants are required to submit a copy of their latest available accounts when applying for MAP or SCP support.
Note: Eligibility does not confer an automatic entitlement to aid. The selection process is a competitive one. This applies to both the MAP and the SCP.

Applications to be sent by e-mail to: john.nugent@bordbia.ie by Wed 31 Jan 2018