Business Restart Grant Plus

The Restart Grant Plus Scheme, including the top-ups applied nationwide and in certain counties, is closed for applications.

A new COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) was established as part of Budget 2021 on 13 October 2020 and is being operated by the Revenue Commissioners.

The Restart Grant Plus scheme allows for €300m to be invested in helping certain businesses to meet the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers due to the significant challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme is open to any business that operates from a rateable premises, as well as B&B, charity shops and sports clubs.

The grant will be available to businesses that can satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a commercial, trading, entity
  • Operate from a premises that is commercially rateable by a local authority
  • Have 0 - 250 employees
  • Have a turnover of less than €100k per employee to a maximum of €25m
  • Have suffered a 25%+ loss in turnover between 1 April and 30 June 2020
  • Commit to remain open or to reopen if closed
  • Intend to retain employees that are on The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS)

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.

All questions must be answered. The declaration must be fully completed and signed. The DETE will arrange to carry out spot checks to ensure compliance with qualifying criteria (See FAQ 9).

At a Glance

  • Scheme opens for applications on Monday 10th August 2020 through Limerick City and County Council, and all other local authorities
  • Direct grant aid of between €4,000 minimum and €25,000 based on commercial rates bill from 2019
  • Scheme applies to businesses that have a turnover of less than €100k, per employee to a maximum of €25M

Click here to watch a Facebook Live video explaining what types of businesses can apply for the Restart Plus Grant and what you can use the grant for.

Please Note: If you have already been paid a grant under the Restart Grant Scheme, you do not need to complete a new application. The Council will contact you to confirm if you wish to opt-in to the Restart Grant Plus scheme. The Council will liaise with you, in the event that any additional information is required to complete your application under the Restart Grant Plus scheme.


Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs

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.

This scheme is open from 14th September 2020 and the closing date is 28th October 2020.

All details can be found here.
 

Business Restart Grant Plus - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How soon will I get my grant?
  2. How much will I get?
  3. What can I use the grant for?
  4. If I have not paid my 2019 rates, am I eligible?
  5. If my rates are in arrears, am I eligible?
  6. If my premises was not rate assessed in 2019 am I eligible?
  7. How do I apply?
  8. How will the grant be paid?
  9. What are the criteria for qualifying for the grant?
  10. Can tourism-related businesses apply?
  11. Can sporting organisations apply?
  12. Can charity organisations apply?
  13. Can franchise stores, chain stores and tenant businesses apply?
  14. What is the situation regarding Professional Services
  15. I am a Childcare Provider. Can I apply for the Restart Grant Plus and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs supports?
  16. When is the closing date?
  17. What is my Customer Number?
  18. What is my Rate Number?
  19. What is a Bank Statement Header?
  20. How do I sign the form?
  21. Do I need to submit a Tax Clearance Access Number?
  22. If I am not happy with the decision to refuse my grant can I appeal?
  23. Where can I get more information?
     

1. How soon will I get my grant?

On average, we will aim to process (meaning Yes/No/further information required) applications within two weeks.

This may not be possible at the early stages if there is a large initial surge of applications.

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2. How much will I get?

In most cases (but see FAQ’s 11, 12, 13 and the Table at the end), the grant will be the amount of the rates assessment for the premises for 2019 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).Top-ups are available for (a) businesses in Counties Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Donegal and Dublin, in respect of a further period of restrictions, for (b) ‘wet’ pubs, bars and nightclubs nationwide that re-opened on 21 September, and for (c) ‘wet’ pubs, bars and nightclubs in Dublin that remain closed. (See Explanatory Grants Table at the end for details).

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3. What can I use the grant for?

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 during closure, e.g. utilities, insurance, refurbishment or for measures to ensure employee and customer safety.

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4. If I have not paid my 2019 rates, am I eligible?

Yes.

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5. If my rates are in arrears, am I eligible?

Yes.

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6. If my premises was not rate assessed in 2019 am I eligible?

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.

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7. How do I apply?

The Restart Grant Plus Scheme is now closed for applications. Businesses that qualified for a grant under the original Restart Grant scheme are simply required to re-declare that the information supplied continues to be true.

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8. How will the grant be paid?

In most cases the grant will be paid by electronic transfer to the business account from which you pay your rates.

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9. What are the criteria for qualifying for the grant?

A business must:

  • Be a commercial, trading, entity
  • Operate from a premises that is commercially rateable by a local authority (see FAQ 10 re certain B&B establishments)
  • Have 0 - 250 employees
  • Have a turnover of less than €100k per employee to a maximum of €25m1
  • Have suffered a 25%+ loss in turnover between 1 April and 30 June 2020.
  • Commit to remain open or to reopen if closed; and
  • Intend to retain employees that are on The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).

The DETE will arrange to carry out spot-checks to ensure compliance with the qualifying criteria.

1The criteria regarding turnover of < €100K per employee will be assessed in groups of 25, e.g. <50 staff must have under a maximum €5m turnover, 51 to 75 staff must have a maximum of €7.5m turnover, 76 to 100 staff must have a maximum of €10m turnover, 101 to 125 staff a maximum of €12.5m turnover, 126 to 150 staff must have a maximum of €15m turnover, 151 to 175 staff a maximum of €17.5m turnover, 176 to 200 staff a maximum of €20m turnover, 201 to 225 employees a maximum of €22.5m turnover and 226 to 250 employees a maximum of €25m turnover. Employee numbers are expressed in Full-Time Equivalents.  

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10. Can tourism-related business apply?

Rate-paying tourism/ hospitality related businesses, including independent hotels and B&B’s that meet the qualifying criteria can apply.

B&Bs that are not in rateable premises can apply for a flat €4,000 grant. Please Note: This grant is administered by Failte Ireland, NOT the local authority.

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11. Can sporting organisations apply?

Rate-paying Sports Clubs, such as GAA Clubs and Golf Clubs that have commercial activities (e.g. bar/restaurant) can apply for a grant which will be the amount of the rates assessment for the premises for 2019 subject to a minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum grant of €25,000 i.e. to cover all the commercial elements of the organisation. (See table at end.)

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12. Can charity organisations apply?

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 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. (See table at end.)

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13. Can franchise stores, chain stores and tenant businesses apply?

(A) A franchisee, which is a financially independent company and is completely separate to the franchisor, is eligible to apply.

(B) Multinational businesses are not eligible. Irish-based subsidiaries with overseas parent companies are not eligible.

(C) Stores that are part of a large chain group company, i.e., one legal entity with a number of branches, such as fast food, group and multiple supermarkets, group hotels, group betting shops and group pharmacies, are not eligible.

(D) Small business chains can apply if they meet the criteria of <250 employees and a maximum of €25m turnover in totality across the company and all the branches1

(E) A company with a number of stores across one or more local authorities, which meets the turnover and employment criteria, and where each store has a separate rates id, is eligible to apply for the equivalent of the 2019 rates bill for each store, subject to the minimum of €4,000 and the maximum of €25,000 (combined Restart and Restart Plus)  grant for each store.

(F) A company with a number of stores in just one local authority, which meets the turnover and employment criteria, and that pays rates under one account will be eligible to apply for the equivalent of the 2019 rates bill for each premises, subject to the minimum of €4,000 and the maximum of €25,000 (combined Restart and Restart Plus) grant for each store.  The local authority can identify and verify that the individual premises are separate units in the rates account.

(G) For tenant businesses, the grant is for the business rather than the landlord.  The local authorities can identify the rates equivalent for the individual business units and calculate the grant payable on that basis. If the rates payable is lower than €4,000, the tenant should receive the minimum grant of €4,000.

1The criteria regarding turnover of < €100K per employee will be assessed in groups of 25, e.g. <50 staff must have under a maximum €5m turnover, 51 to 75 staff must have a maximum of €7.5m turnover, 76 to 100 staff must have a maximum of €10m turnover, 101 to 125 staff a maximum of €12.5m turnover, 126 to 150 staff must have a maximum of €15m turnover, 151 to 175 staff a maximum of €17.5m turnover, 176 to 200 staff a maximum of €20m turnover, 201 to 225 employees a maximum of €22.5m turnover and 226 to 250 employees a maximum of €25m turnover. Employee numbers are expressed in Full-Time Equivalents.

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14. What is the situation regarding professional services?

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.

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15. I am a Childcare Provider. Can I apply for the Restart Grant Plus from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs supports

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 are in receipt of the DCYA Reopening Support Payment cannot then receive the Restart Grant Plus. (Childcare Providers who have received a Restart or Restart Grant Plus 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 Grant Plus.)

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16. When is the closing date?

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st October 2020.

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17. What is my Customer Number?

Your Customer Number is located on your commercial rates demand.

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18. What is my Rate Number?

Your Rate Number (or LAID) is located on your commercial rates demand.

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19. What is a Bank Statement Header?

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.

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20. How do I sign the form?

A typed signature should be included on the form.

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21. Do I need to submit a Tax Clearance Access Number?

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. 

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22. If I am not happy with the decision to refuse my grant can I appeal?

Yes, any decision to refuse a grant may be appealed to restartgrantappeals@limerick.ie up to 31st October 2020.

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23. Where can I get more information?

Further information can be obtained from the Rates Department. Phone: 061 556360. Email: rates@limerick.ie.

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Restart Grant Plus - Explanatory Chart

What will my business be eligible for?

The Restart Grant Plus is a NEW standalone grant that is available to all eligible businesses, including those who received a grant in the first Restart Grant Scheme.

  1. Applicants who received a grant under the 1st Restart Scheme can apply again for a 2nd grant by submitting a Declaration Form.

Sample 2019 Rates Bill

Grant under Original Restart Scheme

Additional Grant payable under Restart Grant Plus Scheme

Top-up Grant for Laois and Offaly

(Restart Plus + 20%)

Top-up Grant for Kildare

(Restart Plus + 40%)

Top-up Grant for ‘Wet’ Pubs

(Restart Plus + 40%)

Top-up Grant for Dublin and Donegal

(Restart Plus + 30%)

Top-up Grant for ‘Wet’ Pubs Dublin

(Restart Plus +70%)

Rates bill less than €2k in 2019

€2k min

A further €4k (new minimum)

A further €1.6k (i.e. a total of €5.6k).

A further €1.6k i.e. a total of €5.6k).

A further €1.6k i.e. a total of €5.6k).

A further €1.2k (i.e. a total of €5.2k).

A further €2.8k (i.e. a total of €6.8k.

€3k rates bill

€3k

A further €4k (new minimum)

A further €1.6k (i.e. a total of €5.6k).

A further €1.6k i.e. a total of €5.6k).

A further €1.6k i.e. a total of €5.6k).

A further €1.2k (i.e. a total of €5.6k).

A further €2.8k i.e. a total of €6.8k).

€5k rates bill

€5k

A further €5k

A further €2k (i.e. a total of €7k).

A further €2k (i.e. a total of €7k).

A further €2k (i.e. a total of €7k).

A further €1.5k (i.e. a total of €6.5k).

A further €3.5k (i.e. a total of €8.5k).

€8k rates bill

€8k

A further €8k

A further €3.2k (i.e. a total of €11.2k).

A further €3.2k (i.e. a total of €11.2k).

A further €3.2k (i.e. a total of €11.2k).

A further €2.4k (i.e. a total of €10.4k).

A further €5.6k (i.e. a total of €13.6k).

€10k rates bill or greater

€10k max

A further payment equivalent to 2019 rates bill to a maximum of €15k (i.e. overall combined maximum total €25K).

A further payment equivalent to 2019 rates, topped up by 20%, to a maximum of €21k (combined maximum of €31k).

A further payment equivalent to 2019 rates, topped up by 40%, to a maximum of €21k (combined maximum of €31k).

A further payment equivalent to 2019 rates, topped up by 40%, to a maximum of €21k (combined maximum of €31k).

A further payment equivalent to 2019 rates, topped up by 30%, to a maximum of €19.5k (combined maximum of €29.5k).

A further payment equivalent to 2019 rates, topped up by 70%, to a maximum of €25.5k (combined maximum of 35.5k).

2. First-time Applicants who are now eligible under the Restart Grant Plus Scheme must submit the Application Form.

Business Type

Grant payable under Restart Grant Plus Scheme

Top-up Grant for Laois and Offaly

(Restart Plus + 20%)

Top-up Grant for Kildare

(Restart Plus + 40%)

Top-up Grant for ‘Wet’ Pubs

(Restart Plus + 40%)

Top-up Grant for Dublin and Donegal

(Restart Plus + 30%)

Top-up Grant for ‘Wet’ Pubs Dublin

(Restart Plus +70%)

Small & Medium sized Companies/independent hotels.

2019 rates assessment subject to minimum grant of €4k and a maximum of €25k.

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 20% subject to a minimum of   €4.8k and a maximum of €30k.

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 40% subject to a minimum of   €5.6k and a maximum of €35k.

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 40% subject to a minimum of   €5.6k and a maximum of €35k.

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 30% subject to a minimum of   €5.2k and a maximum of €32.5k.

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 70% subject to a minimum of   €6.8k and a maximum of €42.5k.

Sports clubs commercial activities (in rateable premises)

2019 rates assessment subject to minimum grant of 4k and a maximum of 25k.

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 20% subject to a minimum of   €4.8k and a maximum of €30k.

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 20% subject to a minimum of   €5.6k and a maximum of €35k.

Not applicable

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 30% subject to a minimum of   €5.2k and a maximum of €32.5k.

Not applicable

Trading Charity shops (in rateable premises)

2019 rates assessment subject to minimum grant of 4k and a maximum of 25k.

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 20% subject to a minimum of   €4.8k and a maximum of €30k.

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 40% subject to a minimum of   €5.6k and a maximum of €35k.

Not applicable

2019 rates assessment, topped up by 30% subject to a minimum of   €5.2k and a maximum of €32.5k.

Not applicable

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Phone +353 61 556000
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Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle Road, Dooradoyle, Limerick, V94 WV78