Written Answers. - Grant Schemes.

Trevor Sargent

Question:

90 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment the number and the nature of the various grant schemes which he has approved in respect of his Department and its subordinate agencies; the schedule for these schemes; the objective of each such scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7932/96]

The information set out in the following table has been compiled in the time available. This relates to some 47 schemes which are being implemented at present either by my Department or by an agency for which it has responsibility. It should be noted that one of these schemes, Jobstart, is due to commence next month.

The exact terms and conditions applying to each scheme is available, on request from the relevant implementing body. The information set out in the table indicates the wide range of policy objectives in respect of which financial assistance is available.

Nature/Title of Scheme

Objective

Administered by

Operative Dates of Scheme

Fixed Asset Grants

To promote local enterprise development and job creation

County Enterprise Boards

Since September/October 1993

Employment Grants

To promote local enterprise development and job creation

County Enterprise Boards

Since 1 January 1994

Training and Management Development Grants

Upgrading management skills, building planning expertise and establishing appropriate records and management information systems

County Enterprise Boards

Since 1 August 1995

Feasibility Study Grants

Preparation of feasibility studies and/or business plans aimed at assessing the viability of a project. Feasibility grants may also be made for technical assistance for product or project development

Since September/October 1993

DÍON Grants

To give financial support to voluntary organisations in Britain which provide advisory and welfare services for Irish emigrants

DÍON Committee

Funding is allocated annually by the Minister for Enterprise and Employment on the basis of recommendations from the DÍON Committee

Grants for Trade Union Education and Advisory Service

The object of the grant is to assist in meeting the cost (up to a maximum of 80%) of the Education, Training and Advisory Services (ETAS) provided by ICTU

ICTU

Ongoing

Grants in respect of Trade Union Amalgamations

Grants are paid to defray some of the costs involved in the process of negotiating amalgamations and transfer of engagements among trade unions thereby facilitating the rationalisation of the trade union movement.

Industrial Relations Section of Department.

Ongoing.

Jobstart

Employment subsidy aimed at increasing the number of jobs filled by persons who are three years or more unemployed.

FÁS

May 1996

Community Employment (CE)

To provide temporary work experience together with some training, for mainly long-term unemployed people, that would enhance their prospects of mainstream employment

FÁS

April 1994

Employment NOW

To reduce unemployment amongst women and to promote equal opportunities for women in the labour market.

Department of Enterprise & Employment European Social Fund Unit.

1995 to 1999 inclusive

Employment HORIZON

To improve the employment prospects of the disabled and other disadvantaged groups.

Department of Enterprise & Employment European Social Fund Unit

1995 to 1999 inclusive.

Employment YOUTHSTART

To promote the labour market integration of young people, especially those without basic qualifications and training.

Department of Enterprise & Employment European Social Fund Unit.

1995 to 1999 inclusive.

ADAPT Initiative

To accelerate adaptation to industrial change, increase competitiveness and promote new forms of employment.

Department of Enterprise & Employment European Social Fund Unit

1995 to 1999 inclusive

Innovatory Actions under Article 6 of the ESF Regulation

To promote innovative approaches to employment and vocational training through pilot projects.

Department of Enterprise & Employment European Social Fund Unit

Annual call for proposals

Capital Grants towards the cost of fixed assets purchased or leased of/for an industrial undertaking [Section 21, 22 of 1986 Act].

To secure new investment from overseas in manufacturing and international services sectors and to encourage existing foreign enterprises in Ireland to expand their businesses.

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development

1969 -

Interest Subsidy Grants towards reduction of interest in respect of loans raised to provide fixed assets for an undertaking [Section 23 of 1986 Act].

Do.

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development

1969 -

Guarantee of Loans in respect of moneys borrowed in respect of fixed assets for an undertaking Maximum: IR£750,000 [Section 24 of 1986 Act].

To secure new investment from overseas in manufacturing and international services sectors and to encourage existing foreign enterprises in Ireland to expand their businesses.

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development.

1969 -

Employment Grants towards the employment of persons in a service undertaking Maximum: IR£1,250,000 [Section 25 of 1986 Act].

Do.

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development.

1981 -

Interest Subsidy Grants and Guarantee of Loans for restructuring industry Aggregate maximum: IR£750,000 [Section 26 of 1986 Act].

Do.

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development

1977 -

Training Grants for the training of persons in the processes of an undertaking Maximum: IR£2,000,000 (above provision covers Management Development Grants) [Section 28 of 1986 Act].

Do.

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development.

1969 -

Research Grants subject to a maximum of IR£250,000 in respect of any particular project and IR£500,000 in respect of any particular undertaking (above provision covers Feasibility Grants) [Section 29 of 1986 Act]

To secure new investment from overseas in manufacturing and international services sectors and to encourage existing foreign enterprises in Ireland to expand their businesses

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development

1969-

Technology Acquisition Grants subject to a maximum of IR£250,000 in respect of any particular project IR£500,000 in respect of any particular undertaking [Section 30 of 1986 Act]

Do

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development

1986-

The Purchase of Share Capital in an industrial undertaking Maximum: IR£1,500,000 [Section 31 of 1986 Act]

Do

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development

1969-

Rent Reduction Grants to secure the reduction of factory rents in respect of an industrial undertaking [Section 32 of 1986 Act]

Do.

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development

1969-

Employment Grants in respect of additional persons employed in small industrial undertakings [Section 21 (5) of 1986 Act]

To secure new investment from overseas in manufacturing and international services sectors and to encourage existing foreign enterprises in Ireland to expand their businesses

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development

1986-

Employment Grants in respect of any additional person employed in a medium/large industrial undertaking [Section 21 (5) of 1986 Act/Section 9 (c) of 1991 Act]

Do

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development

1991-

For the purposes of providing or facilitating the provision of sites or premises for the establishment, development or maintenance of an industrial undertaking, the IDA may, inter alia, make grants to aid persons to: (i) acquire land, (ii) construct and adapt buildings and other works, and (iii) provide services and facilities in connection with land [Section 16 of 1986 Act/Section 3 of 1995 Act

Do.

IDA Ireland/Shannon Development

1969-

Capital grants towards fixed assets — leased or purchased

To stimulate the creation of new production capacity

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Interest subsidy grants in respect of loans raised to provide fixed assets for an undertaking

To stimulate the creation of new production capacity

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Rent reduction grants

To stimulate the creation of new production capacity

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Loan guarantees in respect of loans raised to provide fixed assets for an undertaking

To stimulate the creation of new production capacity

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Employment grants for large and medium sized manufacturing undertakings

To stimulate the creation of new production capacity

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Employment grants for small industry

To stimulate the creation of new production capacity

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Research grants, including feasibility study grants

To stimulate research by industrial and export service companies

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Industry, Research and Development Initiative

To stimulate product and process development

Forbairt/SFADCo

1995-1999

Training grants, including management development grants

To stimulate training and management development initiatives by industry and export service firms

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Employment grants for internationally traded service companies

To stimulate employment by firms operating in a number of specific export-oriented service industries

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Interest subsidy grants and loan guarantees for restructuring

To stimulate refinancing of industries which have presented satisfactory restructuring plans

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Interest subsidy grants and loan guarantees in respect of working capital loans for enterprise development

To assist manufacturing and international service businesses established by first-time entrepreneurs

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Technology acquisition grants

To stimulate manufacturing and international service companies to acquire new technologies

Forbairt/SFADCo

Ongoing

Software Applications Development Initiative

To encourage major companies with specific software needs to assist Irish software companies to develop generic software applications for sale to wider international markets

Forbairt/SFADCo

1995-1999

Graduate Placement Grants (Techstart, Techman, European Orientation Programme and IPC Financial Graduate Scheme)

To encourage companies to employ suitably qualified graduates

Forbairt/SFADCo, IBEC and IPC

Ongoing

Energy Audit Grants (see note 1)

To stimulate identification of energy saving initiatives

Forbairt (Irish Energy Centre)

Ongoing

Energy Efficiency Audit Scheme (see note 1)

To promote the use of best energy management practices

Forbairt (Irish Energy Centre)

Ongoing

National Research Support Fund

To stimulate research and foster links between industry and higher education grants

Forbairt

1995

Training Support Scheme (TSS) (see note 2)

To increase training in the small and medium-sized sector

FÁS

Since September 1990

Subsidised Loan Scheme

Under the Small Business OP

The banking sector under guidelines laid down by the Department

September 1995

Note 1: The Schemes run by the Irish Energy Centre are funded out of the Votes of the Department of Energy. They are not, therefore, subject to approval by the Minister for Enterprise and Employment.
Note 2: FÁS administers a wide range of training schemes such as Specific Skills Training, Community Youth Training and Apprenticeship Training, for which training allowances are paid to participants.

Trevor Sargent

Question:

91 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the number and the nature of the various grant schemes which he has approved in respect of his Department and its subordinate agencies; the schedule for these schemes; the objective of each such scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7932/96]

Details of grant schemes currently operated by my Department and its agencies are included in the Department's publications "Schemes and Services 1996" and "Summary of the Sub-Programme for the Development of the Food Industry under the Operational Programme for Industrial Development 1994-1999".

If the Deputy requires additional information on any scheme, I would be pleased to provide further details.