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Restart Grant Plus - A Grant to Reconnect SMEs with their Employees and Customers

Important Note: Please note that the closing date for the Restart Grant Plus scheme has been extended from 30th September 2020 to 31st October 2020, and applications received after this date cannot be considered.


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. The grant is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.


The maximum grant available is now €25,000 and the minimum payment is €4,000, based on your 2019 commercial rates bill. Customers who received the original Restart Grant are eligible to apply for a second top-up payment.


Any commercial trading entity operating from a commercially rateable business can apply, subject to meeting the following conditions;


Have 0-250 employees

Have a turnover of less than €100k per employee to  maximum of €25m

Have suffered a 25%+ loss in turnover between 1st April and 30th June 2020

Have been trading prior to the COVID-19 emergency

Commit to remain open or reopen if closed; and

Intend to retain employees that are on The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS)


Please read Frequently Asked Questions for further information.


First time applicants must submit an Application form


Note for New Applicants: To ensure there are no delays in processing your application, please check the following when uploading your bank header (again moved up)


  • It must be a business account, in the same name as the business or the registered business owner (if a sole trader) i.e. it cannot be an individual’s name if it’s a limited company.
  • BIC, IBAN and account name and address must all be clearly visible. Account name must match the name on the application.
  • BIC & IBAN must match the  BIC and IBAN entered when filling the online application
  • Must be recent (ideally within the last 3 months)


 Applicants who have already been paid a grant under the first Restart Scheme can apply again for a second grant by submitting a Declaration form. You do not need to resubmit an application form.


Note: If possible please have your payment remittance advice to hand before you complete the declaration form as it contains your Rate Number (under the Our reference field) and also confirms the amount you have been paid to date. Please check your Junk email folder if you cannot locate it in your inbox.




Note: Donegal County Council has received a very large number of applications which we are processing as quickly as possible. We would appreciate your patience in this matter.



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