Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (248)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

248. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of applications made to the regional enterprise development fund; the number of approved grants made under the fund by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11391/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The Regional Enterprise Development Fund is a €60m competitive fund introduced by my Department and administered by Enterprise Ireland. It is aimed at supporting collaborative and innovative projects that can help to sustain and add to employment at a national, regional and county level.

The REDF was designed to support the ambition in the Programme for Government to create an additional 200,000 new jobs by 2020, of which 135,000 are to be located outside of Dublin. One of the principal criteria within the scheme is that proposed projects would strengthen the potential for job creation in their region, thereby contributing to delivering on the Government’s ambition.

The REDF is all about supporting local and regional initiatives that will build on sectoral strengths and help to create jobs across the regions.

In total, 152 applications were received under the first and second calls of REDF, comprising a total of 75 projects under call 1 and 77 projects under call 2.

Eligible projects submitted went through a rigorous 7-stage process before being awarded funding. A standard scoring template was used at all stages to ensure consistency of approach.

As this was a competitive process, not all projects were successful. However, to ensure a balanced regional spread, I committed to ensuring that each region would benefit by at least €2 million from the Fund once the required standard for projects is met under the evaluation criteria. This threshold has now been met across all regions.

In total, 42 projects have been awarded funding over two completed Calls worth a total of €60m, with projects supported in every region. The lead region and participant counties for each approved project are included in the following table.

Project

Region/County

Monaghan County Enterprise Board

North East/Monaghan

Bioconnect Innovation Centre Clg

North East/Monaghan, Cavan

Focused Engineering Network Dac

North East/Monaghan, Cavan, Louth

Donegal Digital Innovation Clg

North West/Donegal

Leitrim County Enterprise Fund

North West/Midlands/Leitrim/Cavan/Longford

Leitrim Food Enterprise Zone Clg

North West/North East/Leitrim, Cavan, Sligo, Donegal

Sligo County Enterprise Fund Clg

North West/Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim

Bia Innovator Campus Clg

West/Galway

Galway City Innovation District Clg

West/Galway

Midc Páirc Na Mara

West/Galway

The Burren Lowlands Clg

West/Mid West/Galway, Clare

Emerald Aerocluster Clg

Mid West/Limerick/Clare

Irish Bioeconomy Foundation Clg

Mid West/South East/National/Tipperary

Bnest Social Initiative DAC

Mid West/South West/Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Cork, Kerry

Clare Mez (Maritime Economic Zone) Dac

Mid West/Clare

Hospital Food Units Dac

Mid/West/Limerick, Clare, Tipperary

Agritech Centre Of Excellence

South West/Kerry

Cork Urban Enterprises

South West/North Cork City

IT@Cork CLG

South West/Cork

Kerryscitech

South West/Kerry

Mol Teic Clg

South West/Kerry

Rdi Hub Clg

South West/Kerry

Sneem Innovation & Tech Services

South West/Kerry

Cit Consortium Projects Dac

South West/Cork, Kerry

Ludgate Operations Clg

South West/Cork

Vista Agri 4.0 Hub Clg

South West/Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Tipperary

Insurtech Network Centre Dac

South East/Carlow

Three D DAC

Waterford

National Design Innovation Hub Dac

South East/Carlow, Kilkenny

Incupharm DAC

South East/Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary

Crystal Valley Tech Clg

South East/Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary

County Kildare Community Network

Mid East/Kildare

Boyne Valley Food Innovation District Dac

Mid East/North East/Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth

Bpo Cluster Ireland Clg

Dublin

Dublin Enterprise & Tech Centre

Dublin

Ghala DAC

Dublin

Social & Local Enterprise Alliance Dac

Dublin

Innovate Dublin Communities Clg

Dublin

St. Paul's Area Development Enterprise Clg

Dublin

Irish Manufacturing Research

Midlands/Westmeath/National

Mountmellick Development Association Clg

Midlands/Laois

Offaly Innovation & Design Centre Clg

Midlands/Offaly