The focus on e-Commerce through this scheme comes about given that the Operational Programme I has identified that SMEs and start-up companies are not making much use of electronic systems and e-commerce. This scheme focuses on the integration of e-commerce through online sales which will enable enterprises to open up their business to new markets. The eligible actions include:
• Design, development, implementation and delivery of an e-commerce website and/or a mobile application;
• Upgrade of an existing website or mobile application to enable online sales.
The maximum grant under this scheme is of €5,000 which represents 50% of the total project cost, with the private enterprise financing the other half of the cost. There is a maximum of €5m available under this grant scheme and it is managed through an open rolling call i.e. applications may be submitted at any point in time as long as the grant scheme remains open for applications. There are periodical cut-off dates which are currently 29th December 2017, 28th February, 30th April and 29th June 2018.