Our Application Process
Whether you’re just starting out, need finance to manage your business, or are scaling up, Microfinance Ireland may be able to give you the financial support you need.
We provide unsecured business loans to small businesses based in the Republic of Ireland with less than 10 employees and a turnover of less than €2m (micro-enterprises).
The 4 steps below shows you what is involved obtaining loan approval for your business.
Step 1: You… Choose the Loan Package that suits your business
Step 2: You… Prepare & Submit your Application
Once you know which of our 4 Loan Packages is right for your business and have completed all of the relevant documents, you can then submit your application. We have Partners who can help you with your application or you can submit the application yourself.
There are 4 ways to get your application to us:
- E-mail the application to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (PDF versions preferred)
- Post the application to us at:
13 Richview Office Park, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 14. D14 Y867
- Work with a Local Enterprise Office. You can get a 1% reduction in the interest rate when you submit your application through them.
- Work with a Local Development Company. You can also get a 1% reduction in the interest rate when you submit your application through them.
Step 3: We… Assess your application
Once we receive your completed application we will assign it to a Credit Assessor. They will discuss your application in detail with you and get a good understanding of the business.
We aim to give you a credit decision as quickly as possible following receipt of your application and all supporting documents.
Step 4: We… Make a Credit Decision
We are here to help and support businesses who are having difficulty in accessing finance from elsewhere. Therefore we will do everything we can to support you in your application for funding.
Once we have made a credit decision we will contact you to let you know if your application has been successful.
If your application is approved you must provide us with a number of documents before we can release the funds. The list of documents can be found here. Drawdown of the loan cannot take place until all of these have been received by the Microfinance Ireland office.
In the event that we cannot approve your application, we will advise you of the reasons for the decline decision and identify
the areas that need to be addressed within your business.
Sometimes a ‘No’ is a much better decision for the business than a ‘Yes’ at a particular stage but we will always explain the rationale behind our decision.
If you are dissatisfied with the credit decision, you do have the right to appeal through Microfinance Ireland’s internal credit appeals procedure for loan applications over €5,000. You should submit your appeal in writing directly to us setting out the basis for the appeal.
The Credit Assessor who was involved in the original decision will not be involved in the appeals decision. A written response will be issued within 15 business days of receipt of the written appeal.