To further support Businesses as the economy reopens and resumes activity, the Tanaiste has announced an additional €300 million in funding. This new grant is the Restart Grant Plus Scheme.
This is following on from the Business Restart Grant scheme in May, where a €250 million Restart Fund was created by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
How do I apply?
The maximum grant available will rise to €25,000 (up from €10,000) and the minimum payment will be €4,000 (up from €2,000). Firms that accessed the Restart Grant will be eligible for a top-up payment to a total combined value of the revised minimum and maximum grant levels.
The criteria for accessing the scheme will include businesses that:
“Under the revised Restart Grant, support will also be provided for enterprises that could not access the original grant scheme. Non-rated B&Bs, Charities and rateable sports businesses will be eligible for a grant subject to a minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum grant of €25,000.”
On average, we will aim to process applications within two weeks, if no further information is required. This may not be possible at the early stages if there is a large initial surge of applications.
In most cases, the grant will be the amount of the rates assessment for the premises for 2019 (excluding arrears) with a minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum grant of €25,000 (or maximum of €15,000 for businesses that received the maximum €10,000 under the original Restart Grant Scheme).
The grant is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers. The grant could be used to defray ongoing fixed costs, e.g. utilities, insurance, refurbishment or for measures to ensure employee and customer safety.
Yes. The Local Authority will estimate what your rates demand for 2019 would have been. (If for some reason an estimate cannot be made the minimum grant of €4,000 will be paid.)
The application can be made online via your local authority website Restart Grant Plus
In most cases the grant will be paid by electronic transfer to the business account from which you pay your rates.
A business must:
The DETE will arrange to carry out spot-checks to ensure compliance with the qualifying criteria.
B&Bs that are not in rateable premises can apply for a flat €4,000 grant. PLEASE NOTE: This grant is administered by Fáilte Ireland, NOT the local authority.
Charity Shops with a trading income, and operating from rateable premises, can apply for a grant which will be the amount of the rates assessment for the premises for 2019 (excluding arrears) subject to a minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum grant of €25,000. However, non-trading community and voluntary organisations are not eligible.
Professional Services such as Accountants, Architects, GPs, Dentists, Opticians, Consultants, etc., are eligible if they are operating from rateable premises and meet the criteria, including loss of turnover.
However, other services not operating from rateable premises, sole traders, etc., are not eligible.
Among the COVID-19 supports available from the DCYA are two reopening supports specifically to Childcare Providers: a DCYA Capital Grant and a DCYA Reopening Support Payment. Childcare Providers who apply for the DCYA Reopening Support Payment cannot then apply for the Restart Plus Grant. (Childcare Providers who have received a Restart or Restart Plus Grant must declare the amount due/received in the application form to the DCYA and this will be offset against the Reopening Support Payment. Receiving the DCYA Capital Grant does not affect whether you can apply for the DCYA Reopening Support Payment or the Restart Plus Grant.)
The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 September 2020.
Your Customer Number is located on your commercial rates demand.
Your Rate Number (or LAID) is located on your commercial rates demand.
The bank statement header is the top of a recent bank statement(dated within the past 6 months) indicating your business name and address and business bank account number, which should be scanned and uploaded as an attachment to the application form to verify your business name and address, and your bank account details i.e. BIC and IBAN.
A typed signature should be included on the form.
If you are making an application totalling €10,000 or more, you must submit a Tax Clearance Access Number to allow your tax clearance status to be checked. To ensure no delays occur between approval and payment, it is advisable to include your Tax Clearance Access Number on your application.
Yes, any decision to refuse a grant may be appealed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information can be obtained from Cork City Council’s Rates Dept. at 021 – 4924484 or by e-mailing email@example.com