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Restart grant for small businesses

A Restart Grant, which will give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures has been agreed by Government.

Applications for the Restart Grant can be made online from Friday 22nd May.

Clare County Council will be facilitating the grant application process for all applicants in order to restart the local economy.

The grants will be equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019, with a minimum payment of €2,000 and a maximum payment of €10,000.

Qualifying criteria

  • A business must have a turnover of less than €5m and have 50 or less employees.
  • The business must have suffered a projected 25%+ loss in revenue from 1st April 2020 to 30th June 2020.  
  • The business must commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed.  The business must also declare the intention to retain employees that are benefitting from the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).
  • Businesses should retain supporting documentation as spot-checks may be carried out to verify a declaration to this effect.

Applications for the Restart Grant can be made online from Friday 22nd May.

Processing of applications and payment of the Restart Grant will depend on the initial surge of applications but, as far as is feasible, will be prioritised according to scheduled re-opening dates in the national Roadmap.

View the FAQ document. 

Apply online

Page last reviewed: 20/05/20

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Rates unit
Finance Department
Clare County Council
Áras Contae an Chláir
New Road
Co. Clare
V95 DXP2
(065) 6846594 / 6846530
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