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ERDF Ecommerce grant scheme

ECommerce Grant Scheme Service Provider

Category: Business

The Web Ally has been approved as a service provider for the newly launched ECommerce Grant Scheme

At the end of 2016 (November) The Measures and Support Division within the Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto launched the eCommerce Grant Scheme. This scheme forms part of the Business Enhance ERDF Grant Schemes initiative and is aimed at Small and Medium Sized Enterprises looking to expand their sales channels online.

The e-Commerce Grant Scheme falls under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Grant scheme and under Priority Axis 2 ‘Consolidating investment within the ICT Sector’ of Operational Programme 1 2014 – 2020 ‘Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges’

The Grant will remain operational until 31st December 2020, subject to availability of €5 Million fund allocated to this grant.

What is this about?

The ecommerce grant is aimed towards SMEs who intend to develop and ecommerce website or even upgrade their non-ecommerce existing website to include an online shop with a payment integration system. The scheme covers up to 50% (capped at €5,000) reimbursement in cash on eligible costs.

This Grant Scheme is aimed at encouraging local SMEs to increase their competitiveness by including online sales in their daily operations.

Is my company an SME?

The main factors determining whether a company is an SME, and hence eligible or not to this grant, are;
Staff Headcount
Micro less than 10 employees
Small less than 50 employees
Medium sized less than 250 employees

Turnover
Micro less than or equal to 2 Million
Small less than or equal to 10 Million
Medium sized less than or equal to 50 Million

Which costs are covered?

Domain name registration (fee for the extent and duration of the
project)
Hosting (fee for the extent and duration of the project)
Content Management System (CMS), software including required
licenses for the extent and duration of the project.
e-commerce Website and/or Mobile Application design in line with
the brand identity of the organisation
Shopping Cart integration
Other Set-up fees (including setting up and configuration of the
CMS system, system design, customisation and development,
integration with payment system/s, implementation of the required
security features, testing and go live).

All the costs to cover the design and set up of a new website which includes a shopping cart system and a payment gateway, are covered by the grant. Other items, like Search Engine Optimisation and Digital Marketing, are however excluded.

With this in mind, we have come up with a reasonable Digital Marketing package to get you going with your new website. We will be happy to provide more information when we meet to discuss your requirements.

Can I choose who develops my website?

Of course, you can! but only from a list of “accepted service providers”. This ensures that the Grant beneficiaries can put their mind at rest to the fact that the service provider engaged through the scheme has a high level of competence and experience.

I’m really interested ! Where do I start?

Good ! you came to the right place as we are all geared up to help you achieve the utmost out of this Grant and most importantly to develop a website which will work for you.

Get in contact now by calling +356 7944 6495 or email info@thewebally.com and we will be in contact shortly to organise a meeting.

More information about the ERDF Scheme can be obtained from the ERDF Selection Criteria document or by visiting the EU Funds Website.

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