Business Enhance ERDF Grant Schemes
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Business Enhance ERDF Grant Schemes


The Business Enhance Grant Schemes, part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020, support enterprises when undertaking investment projects aimed at securing sustainable business growth, by becoming more competitive, innovative and become more resilient to market challenges. 

The Grant Schemes address a number of priorities under Operational Programme I 2014-2020 ‘Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges’. These fall under three main priority axis:

Priority Axis 1: Investing in research, technological development and innovation

Priority Axis 2: Consolidating Investment within the ICT sector

Priority Axis 3: Enhancing Malta’s competitiveness through investment in SMEs       

Business Enhance RD&I Grant Scheme

R&DI is a critical element for enterprises to remain competitive and take advantage of their growth potential and become more innovative through the development of innovative products and solutions. The scheme supports enterprises through the provision of a non-repayable garnt for research, development and innovation actions within the Smart Specialisation Areas outlined in the Nationl Research and Innovation Strategy 2020.

The scheme supports enterprises in the form of non-repayable Grants under four main measures:

Measure 1- Feasibility Studies
Measure 2 - Research and Development Projects
Measure 3 - Invest in Research Infrastructures
Measure 4 - Process Innovation

Start-up Investment Grant Scheme:   Maximum Grant  €300,000                 

Aimed at assisting start-ups in overcoming challenges in their early stages and to economically exploit their ideas to ensure their survival, this scheme assists start-ups to part-finance 50% of the eligible expenditure related to their initial productive investment costs in tangible and intangible assets when implementing their business growth strategies. 

SME Growth Grant Scheme:   Maximum Grant:  €500,000        

This scheme assists SMEs to respond to market demands and undertake timely interventions by part-financing eligible expenditure related to initial investments in tangible and intangible assets towards the implementation of their growth strategies related to the extension of the capacity of an existing establishment, or the setting up of a new establishment.  The applicable aid intensity for micro and small enterprises is 30% and 20% for medium enterprises.

SME Diversification and Innovation Grant Scheme:   Maximum Grant:  €200,000  ​

This incentive assists SMEs through Grants to part-finance 50% of the eligible expenditure related to investment to develop focused strategies and implement an initial investment in favour of diversification; a fundamental change, or towards investment to bring to the market significantly improved and advanced products/services to those already offered by the Undertaking.  

SME Internationalisation Grant Scheme:   Maximum Grant:  €10,000 

This Grant Scheme aims at facilitating the process towards the internationalisation of SMEs through active participation at International Business Promotion Fairs by part-financing 50% of the eligible expenditure.

 ​​e-Commerce Grant Scheme:   Maximum Grant:  €5,000 

E-Commerce represents an opportunity for businesses to exploit their potential to increase their market share and reach new markets.  Through this initiative, SMEs can benefit from non-repayable Grants, part-financing up to 50% of the eligible expenditure on investment required to develop an e-commerce website and/or mobile application to enable online payments or booking systems through the integration of an online payment gateway. 

SME Consultancy Services Grant Scheme:   Maximum Grant:  €4,000 

​SMEs generally have limited in-house resources and the competences required to conduct studies to assist them in their decision making processes. This scheme supports SMEs to part-finance 80% of costs for external consultancy services to assess and evaluate their operations, processes and systems; and the potential of the enterprise to undertake proposed investments, aimed at the potential future business growth and at rendering it more competitive. 

Click here​ to access the Business Enhance ERDF Grant Schemes portal.