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Re-Start – a Fund to Reconnect Small and Micro Businesses

 

  • Direct grant aid of between €2,000 minimum and €10,000 based on commercial rates bill from 2019.
  • Scheme applies to small businesses with a turnover of under €5m and employing 50 people or less.
  • Scheme opens for applications on Friday 22 May through the Local Authorities.

 

The Re-start Grant 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.

 

The Grant will be available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or less, which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to 30th June 2020. It is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.

 

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.

Subject to the qualifying criteria below, any business that has a commercially rateable premises can apply.

 

  • International chain stores, i.e. a business that is a non-financially independent branch of a group of chain stores which is owned and managed by a single entity, are not eligible.  

 

  • Non-commercial organisations such as community and sporting premises are not eligible.

 

  • Businesses that do not operate from rateable premises (tradesmen, service providers, etc) are not eligible.

 

Apply here for your grant : https://restartgrant.donegalcoco.ie

 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 31 August 2020.

 

Please send queries to : restartgrant@donegalcoco.ie

 

 

Restart Grant FAQs

 

Subject to the qualifying criteria below, any business that has a commercially rateable premises, or where rates are paid on your behalf and attributable to the business premises you occupy, can apply. Multiple chain stores, i.e. a business that is a non-financially independent branch of a group of chain stores which is owned and managed by a single entity, are not eligible. Non-commercial organisations such as community and sporting premises (including charity shops and community and sporting premises with a bar) are not eligible. Businesses that do not operate from commercially rateable premises (tradesmen, service providers, etc) are not eligible. Premises that were vacant prior to the Covid-19 emergency are not eligible for the grant.

 

On average, we hope to issue approval within one week. This depends, of course, on the initial volume of applications. Applications will be processed in relation to anticipated re-opening dates, in line with the Government’s strategy for the re-opening of the economy.

 

The grant will be the amount of your rates demand in respect of calendar year 2019 only, subject to a minimum of €2,000 and a maximum of €10,000. In the event that your rates demand was reduced on appeal, the appeal rate will apply to an amount of the grant if the grant is over €2,000.

 

Yes

 

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 endeavour to assess what your rates demand for 2019 would have been and, if, for any reason, an estimate cannot be made the minimum grant of €2,000 will be paid.

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

The application can be made online via www.donegalcoco.ie

 

The grant will be paid by electronic transfer to the business account detailed on the application form.

 

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.

 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 August 2020.

 

Your Customer Number is located on your commercial rates demand.

 

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

 

A digital signature should be included on the form

 

Your revenue number is your Tax Registration Number (TRN) which is a business’ number for all dealings with Revenue.

 

The bank statement header is the top of a recent bank statement 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.

 

Applicants should type in their name and by pressing “Submit” they are confirming that all details are correct/true.

 

 

If you are making applications related to a number of businesses/premises (totalling grants of €10,000 or more), or if you are supplying goods/services to the local authority, you must submit a Tax Clearance Access Number to allow your tax clearance status to be checked.

 

 

Further information is available via your relevant Revenue Collector. Their contact details can be found on your rate demand/statement, or are listed below are as follows: Donegal Municipal District Ann Crawford - (087 7623095) - anncrawford@donegalcoco.ie Mairead Devine - (087 3488567) - mdevine@donegalcoco.ie Glenties Municipal District Barry Travers - (087 6084162 ) - barry.travers@donegalcoco.ie Letterkenny Municipal District Lorraine Bonner - (087 2041529) - lbonner@donegalcoco.ie Mairead Shields - (087 6222084) - MSHIELS@donegalcoco.ie Stranorlar Municipal District Miriam Bonner - (087 3662219) - mbonner@donegalcoco.ie Christina O'Donnell - (087 9192272) - codonnell@donegalcoco.ie Inishowen Municipal District Paula McCann - (087 0574596) - paula.mccann@donegalcoco.ie Marie Deeney - (087 3172688) - marie.deeney@donegalcoco.ie

 

 

Yes, any decision to refuse a grant may be appealed to restartgrantappeal@donegalcoco.ie up to 30th September 2020.

 

 

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