Brexit Processing Capital Support Scheme

Apply for grant funding targeted at projects which are deemed as transformational capital investment in the seafood processing sector.

The scheme will support the Irish processing sector to engage in transformational change, mitigating the effects of the TCA/Brexit while also building more environmentally friendly, sustainable and competitive enterprises which serve the EU and wider global markets, create higher levels of employment more locally, and make better and more sustainable use of Irish landed or imported raw material. It is aimed at supporting industry led transformative capital investments that enable the sector to focus on “creating more from less” in the wake of reduced supply of raw material and move enterprises in the sector further up the supply chain to produce higher value product and shift the industry to a focus on secondary processing and beyond to products targeting end-user markets.

Who is Eligible Who is Eligible

This Scheme is available to applicants who are BOTH an onshore processing SME and have an SFPA approval number with activity code FFPP (Fresh Fishing Products Plant) or PP (Processing Plant).

 

The responsibility is on the applicant to ensure that they correctly categorise themselves when applying for funding. If they are unsure, applicants are strongly advised to seek professional advice to determine whether they qualify as an SME. Applicants who apply to this programme as an SME and are subsequently determined not to be an SME will be required to refund the grant to BIM.

 

Please see the SME Definition below:  Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined as enterprises which:

What is Funded What is Funded

Investment Type 1: Tier 1 Transformational Processing Equipment
This investment type is targeted at funding secondary processing equipment which is clearly aligned to a product and/or market diversification strategy, to assist processing enterprises in moving away from commodity production to production of higher value-added products, and to further integrate the supply chain.
Eligible Expenditure
·      Processing equipment solely used for smoking, canning, brining, adding non-fish product ingredients (such as breadcrumbs, marinades, and sauces), cooking, ready meal manufacturing, and food ingredients for human consumption/functional food manufacturing.

·      Processing equipment solely used for production of portioned seafood products aimed at end users in retail and foodservice which are packaged AND require no further processing to reach the end user will also be included in this category.

·      Refrigeration and temperature control equipment integrated into the above equipment[1]

·      Commissioning costs for the above equipment up to maximum of 15% of the equipment costs by the equipment supplier or their approved agents.

·      The above equipment must meet environmental performance standards as established in the project assessment criteria.

[1] Limited to refrigerated cold air systems aimed at achieving targeted cooling of product in-process; chilling and super-chilling, refrigerated air, glycol, freshwater and seawater systems used in-process; and, automated freezing systems used in a controlled and measurable way, and suitable for whole, headed and gutted, and individual quick freezing.

Investment Type 2: Tier 2 Transformational Processing Equipment and Energy Efficiency Investments
This investment type is targeted at elevating enterprises beyond primary processing to produce value added products for earlier points in the supply chain than catered for in Investment Type 1, products for non-human consumption, and products derived from the transformation of waste, which support a product and/or market diversification strategy.

 

Investments in renewable energy sources AND enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings in which transformational processing equipment is housed, is also covered by this investment type.

 

Eligible Expenditure
·      Processing equipment exclusively for IQF (Individual Quick Freeze) filleting or shellfish preparation (to include de-heading, tailing, and deshelling where appropriate) where the only remaining processing step is thawing and/or packaging for the consumer.

·      Processing equipment for the transformation of waste into value added products, which fall outside of the scope of investment type 1

·      Processing equipment solely used for value added products for non-human consumption aimed at end users in retail markets which are packaged and require no further processing.

·      Refrigeration and temperature control equipment integrated into the above equipment[1]

·      Purchase and installation of equipment that generates energy from renewable sources.

·      Triple E certified equipment which improves energy efficiency for the premises in which Type 1 and Type 2 investments are being located.

·      Commissioning costs for the above equipment up to maximum of 15% of the equipment costs by the equipment supplier or their approved agents.

·      The above equipment and facilities must meet environmental performance standards as established in the project assessment criteria.

Investment Type 3: Primary Processing Efficiency and Facilities investments
This investment type is aimed at supporting investment in quality, competitiveness and efficiency improvements in primary processing and/or in fundamental equipment and capital works which support secondary processing and are aligned to a product and/or market diversification strategy.
Eligible Expenditure
·      Processing equipment for whole freezing, cutting, filleting, de-boning, peeling, washing, de-heading and/or gutting and any other processing which is not included in Type 1 and Type 2.

·      Traceability systems/ERP/stock control that verify sustainability, demonstrate compliance and enhance the food safety of seafood products being put on the market

·      Processing equipment for food ingredients for non-human consumption

·      Commissioning costs for the above-mentioned equipment up to maximum of 15% of the equipment costs by the equipment supplier or their approved agents.

·      External civil and associated works

·      Internal works including all elements of sub dividing structures e.g walls, airflow systems & service provision of water, air, and electricity

·      Equipment for blast freezing, chilling, cold stores, and refrigeration

·      Warehousing

·      Building services works

·      Handling equipment and facilities

·      Packaging and labelling equipment which is not part of a process captured in Type 1 and Type 2.

·      The development of systems and capabilities for the sustainable management and/or disposal of waste streams

·      Triple E certified equipment which improves energy efficiency for the premises in which only Type 3 investments are located.

·      The above equipment and facilities must meet environmental performance standards as established in the project assessment criteria.

Amounts Granted Amounts Granted

The following payments apply to applicants approved under the Scheme.

Investment Types Support Rate
Tier 1 Transformational Processing Equipment 50%
Tier 2 Transformational Processing Equipment and Energy Efficient Investments 40%
Primary Processing Efficiency and Facilities Investments 30%

Guidance Notes for Applications in Excess of €5m

Environmental impact:

Value for money:

Scheme Documentation & Video Tutorials Scheme Documentation & Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials


How to Apply How to Apply

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Electronic Application

Apply online on Grant Electronics Management System

Warning: This application form is not compatible with mobile devices. For best results please use desktop/laptop when completing this form.

For technical queries in relation to BIM’s Grants Electronic Management System (GEMS) please contact the grants helpdesk using this form

 

Resources:

  • Click here to download the Getting Started with the BIM online Grant system guide.

 

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Required Documentation

You will be required to upload scanned copies of the following documents, in PDF format:

  • D-001 Market Alignment Document. The document template can be downloaded here
  • D-002 Business Plan Document. The document template can be downloaded here
  • If an infrastructure investment: Climate Neutrality Proofing Statement / Screening Statement
  • Supplier Quotations
  • Legal Declaration. The document template can be downloaded here
  • Financial Declaration. The document template can be downloaded here.
  • Audited Accounts

 

Please Note:

Any item over €5000 will require 3 quotes and under €5000 will only require 1 quote. Any addition to quotes including new suppliers/specification of equipment will trigger a new round of technical review. Where Bord Iascaigh Mhara is not informed of these changes, applicants are proceeding at their own risk. Bord Iascaigh Mhara may not pay out grants on these items. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is provided.

Delays caused by failure to do so may result in:

  • significant delays in payment of a grant
  • failure to qualify for approval under the Scheme.

For more information, please email brexitprocessing@bim.ie