Businesses Urged to Avail of SECAD Funding Opportunity

Businesses Urged to Avail of SECAD Funding Opportunity

SECAD Calls for new Applications for Funding to support job creation in South and East Cork

Ryan Howard of SECADThe South and East Cork Area Development organisation, SECAD, has called for new applications for funding from enterprises in the South and East Cork area.   Qualifying businesses can receive financial support of up to €150,000, as well as training, mentoring and other non-financial business support.

“Since 2010 SECAD has paid out €1.26 million euros in funding to enterprises in the region, and an additional €636,000 has been committed and will be drawn down in the coming months,” said Ryan Howard, CEO, SECAD.  “We are actively supporting small and micro businesses to create sustainable jobs in the South and East Cork area and we currently have funding available for enterprises meeting the criteria”, Howard added.

A wide range of businesses can benefit from this funding opportunity, particularly those in the craft and tourism sector, as well as certain food products, innovation and agri-diversification projects.

Enterprises such as Farm Fresh Foods, Movie Junction, Keohane’s Seafood, Annie’s Roasts, Leahys Open Farm and the new Titanic Experience have received funding from SECAD to support sustainable job creation in the region.

The funding, which is provided under the EU Initiative for Rural Development, combines EU funding and Irish Exchequer funding to support job creation and business development in rural areas.

“SECAD have played a vital role in supporting the growth of Farm Fresh Foods.  Due to the assistance and funding received, we were able to reach new markets and expand our business in line with our ambitious and aggressive growth strategy” said Mr. Pa Twomey, Managing Director of Farm Fresh Foods based in Carrigtwohill.

While certain criteria must be met, the SECAD team will be on hand to assist and provide information and support in relation to this funding opportunity.  Interested parties, enteprises and start-ups seeking support should contact SECAD on 021.4613432 or email

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