Everything You Need to Know About the Trading Online Voucher Application and Drawdown Process.
Eligibility criteria can change over time so visit your Local Enterprise Office website to check the latest criteria.
Make contact with your Local Enterprise Office and inform them you want to partake in the scheme. They'll email a video link to you which contains a 1-hour information session about the scheme, going into detail about how to use the grant and get the best value for money from it.
After you've watched the video, make contact with your Local Enterprise Office again and request the application form. Fill it out and send it back.
An evaluation committee will review your application and recommend whether or not it should be approved. They will look at factors such as:
- Eligibility for scheme;
- Value added potential;
- Export potential;
- Job creation potential;
- Financial sustainability.
It's important to remember that applications are decided on a case by case basis and not every factor is relevant in every case. For example, a local joinery business could qualify for the scheme even though they wouldn't have any export potential.
If your application has been successful, you'll receive a letter with further instructions on how to proceed. The next steps are as follows:
- You make payment to the website designer/ SEO and provide proof of payment to your Local Enterprise Office, for example a copy of a bank statement showing payment.
- Provide your Local Enterprise Office with a copy of your Company Registration Office (CRO) registration certificate.
- Provide your Local Enterprise Office with an up-to-date Tax Clearance Certificate.
- Provide your Local Enterprise Office with an original invoice from your web designer/ SEO which displays their CRO, Tax Registration or VAT details.
After the website design/SEO work has been completed to your satisfaction, they will provide you with a Declaration of Project Completion to be forwarded to your Local Enterprise Office.
Everything is now in place and payment from your Local Enterprise Office will be released to you.
What is post-voucher reporting and does it apply to you?
By accepting a Trading Online Voucher, successful applicants may be asked to report on online trading developments due to their participation in the scheme after 6 months and again at annual intervals, up to three years thereafter.
This reporting would include matters such as jobs created, increased turnover, exports and/or domestic market expansion, reduction in costs and expected further investment. This may be conducted by Local Enterprise Offices, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources or even approved independent evaluators.