Restart Grant Plus
The government has announced details of the Business Restart Grant Plus scheme. This scheme allows for €300m to be invested in helping certain businesses to meet the costs associated with reopening and re employing workers due to the significant challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Restart Grant Plus is a new standalone grant that is available to all eligible businesses, including those who received a grant in Phase 1 of the Business Restart Grant Scheme.
If your business was successful and received funds in Phase 1 of this scheme you do not need to re-apply. 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 - a grant to Reconnect SMEs with their Employees and Customers
Applications for the Restart Grant Plus are now open. The Restart Grant Plus scheme gives grants to businesses to help them reopen their premises and get back to work.
ApplyApply for the Restart Grant Plus
Grants of between €4,000 up to a maximum of €25,000 are available. To qualify for the scheme, enterprises must have:
- 250 employees or less;
- Turnover of less than €100,000 per employee; and
- Reduced turnover by 25% as a result of COVID-19
If your business was successful and received funds in Phase 1 of this scheme you do not need to re-apply. Clare County Council will contact you automatically in due course in relation to a top-up payment to a total combined value of the revised maximum grant level.
Under the Restart Grant Plus scheme, support will also be provided for enterprises that could not access the original grant scheme, including rateable sports businesses and trading charity shops.
Applications will open shortly for non-rated B&Bs who must apply to Fáilte Ireland for a grant payment of €4,000.
Details about the Restart Grant Plus
- The grant will be based on the amount of the rates assessment for the premises for 2019 (excluding arrears) with a new minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum grant of €25,000 (Increased from €2,000 min and €10,000 max).
- Eligible firms now include medium-sized firms and independent hotels with up to 250 employees, as well as small firms (increased from 50 employees).
- Businesses impacted by a 25% reduction in turnover will be eligible provided they commit to reopening and to hiring and sustaining employment.
- A turnover of up to €25m is now allowable, increased from €5m. There is a cap of €100,000 turnover per employee.
- Commercial sports businesses and trading charity shops in rated premises can now apply for the grant.
- The hospitality sector, restaurants, pubs, activity centres and tourist attractions, for example, galleries, museums, are eligible if they are operating from a rated premise.
- B&Bs in non-rated premises will be eligible to apply for the minimum €4,000 grant from Fáilte Ireland.
- A franchisee which is a financially independent company and is completely separate to the franchisor is eligible to apply.
- Small company chains can apply if they meet the criteria of 250 employees and €25m turnover in totality across the company and all the branches.
- Multinationals are not eligible. Small Irish based subsidiaries with overseas parent companies are not eligible.
- Large chains that are part of a large group company, that is, 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.
ReStart Grant Plus - Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
- 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).
- 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, e.g. utilities, insurance, refurbishment or for measures to ensure employee and customer safety.
- If I have not paid my 2019 rates, am I eligible?
- If my rates are in arrears, am I eligible?
- 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.)
- How do I apply?
The application can be made online via your local authority website at www.clarecoco.ie. 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.Apply online
- 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.
- 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 (but 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 €25m;
- 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 Department of Enterprise Trade & Employment will arrange to carry out spot-checks to ensure compliance with the qualifying criteria.
- Can tourism-related businesses 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.
- 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.
- What about Charity Organisations?
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.
- What about franchise stores, chain stores and tenant businesses?
- A franchisee, which is a financially independent company and is completely separate to the franchisor, is eligible to apply.
- Multinational businesses are not eligible. Irish-based subsidiaries with overseas parent companies are not eligible.
- 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.
- 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 branches 
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I am a Childcare Provider. Can I apply for the Restart Grant Plus and 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 apply for the DCYA Reopening Support Payment cannot then apply for 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.)
- What is the closing date?
The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 October 2020.
- What is my Customer Number?
Your Customer Number is located on your commercial rates demand.
- What is my Rate Number?
Your Rate Number (or LAID) is located on your commercial rates demand.
- 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.
- How do I sign the form?
A typed signature should be included on the form.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com
- Where can I get more information?
Further information can be obtained from your Local Authority Business Support Unit at Tel: (065) 6821616.
 The 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.
Turnover and Employment Criteria
|Nos Employed (FTEs)||Max Turnover|
|1 - 50||€5m|
|51 – 75||€7.5m|
|76 – 100||€10m|
|101 – 125||€12.5m|
|126 – 150||€15m|
|151 - 175||€17.5m|
|176 – 200||€20m|
|201 – 225||€22.5m|
|226 - 250||€25m|
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 1st Restart Grant Scheme.
|Sample 2019 Rates Bill||Grant under Original Restart Scheme||Additional Grant payable under new Revised Restart Grant Plus Scheme|
|Rates bill less than €2k in 2019||€2k min||A further €4k (new minimum)|
|€3k rates bill||€3k||A further €4k (new minimum)|
|€5k rates bill||€5k||A further €5k|
|€8k rates bill||€8k||A further €8k|
|€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)|
|Small & Medium sized Companies/independent hotels.||2019 rates assessment subject to minimum grant of 4k and a maximum of 25k.|
|Sports clubs commercial activities (in rateable premises)||2019 rates assessment subject to minimum grant of 4k and a maximum of 25k.|
|Trading Charity shops (in rateable premises)||2019 rates assessment subject to minimum grant of 4k and a maximum of 25k.|
|Non-rate paying B&Bs||€4k only ( NB Applications to be made to Fáilte Ireland www.failteireland.ie )|
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