Companies looking to undertake a Lean plus project over a medium-term period can apply to Enterprise Ireland or the IDA for a Business Process Improvement Grant to support the costs of the Lean Plus Assignment. The Lean Plus project is designed to assist organisations in further progress their capability in Lean business improvement methodologies.
The Business Process Improvement Grant is open to all Enterprise Ireland and IDA clients or potential clients who have been trading for at least 5 years and who are engaged in manufacturing or eligible internationally traded services.
Eligible costs include the cost of hiring external consultant/trainers. A company may also choose to allocate the costs of an internal company project champion/manager subject to Enterprise Ireland/IDA approval.
The maximum level of grant support is up to 50% of eligible costs incurred to a maximum grant of €50,000.
An Internal Project Champion is assessed by Enterprise Ireland/IDA and is an approved Manager in your company. He/she will be responsible for driving continuous measurable improvement and efficiencies relating to the Business Process Improvement assignment being applied for. There are a maximum of 3 Internal Champions allowed and the maximum support is up to €50,000 i.e. 100 days salary per Internal Project Champion to a maximum daily rate of €200. Internal Champion costs must not exceed external trainer/consultancy costs or €50,000 whichever is the lesser. Receipt of other grants from Enterprise Ireland may impact on your company’s eligibility for support under this initiative.
The costs of hiring a specialist external trainer/consultant to input into or undertake the proposed Business Process Improvement Assignment are eligible. The consultancy rate per day is to be inclusive of travel and subsistence and all out-of-pocked expenses. The maximum consultancy rate is €900 per day.