Companies looking to undertake a Lean 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 LeanPlus Assignment. A LeanPlus assignment is a medium-term business process improvement project which will result in sustained use of Lean techniques and related methodologies by the company, and will achieve significant measurable gains in capabilities and competitiveness. The LeanPlus assignment should;
- deliver significant productivity improvement and cost reductions,
- embed a culture of business improvement and lean techniques to a cohort of trained staff, and
- introduce a programme to pursue company-wide improvement.
Assignments may vary in size and scope but will typically be completed within six months and will not exceed a total project cost of €100,000.
Am I eligible?
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.
What costs are eligible and what is the maximum funding available?
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.
Costs of hiring a specialist external trainer/consultant to input into or undertake the proposed Business Process Improvement Assignment are eligible.
Consultancy rate per day to be inclusive of travel and subsistence and all out-of-pocket expenses.
Max Consultancy rate is €900 per/day.
Internal Project Champion
An internal project champion is an Enterprise Ireland/IDA assessed and approved manager in your company who will be responsible for driving continuous measurable improvement and efficiencies relating to the Business Process Improvement assignment being applied for.
Maximum of 3 internal champions allowed. Max 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 eligibility for support under this initiative.