Restart grant for micro and small businesses

The Government is providing a restart fund of €250 million for micro and small enterprises to help them reconnect with their markets, employees, and customers.

  • The scheme provides direct grant aid of between €2,000 and €10,000, based on the commercial rate bill for 2019.

  • It is aimed at helping micro and small businesses with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures.

  • The scheme applies to small businesses with a turnover of under €5m and employing 50 people or fewer.

  • The business must have suffered a projected 25%+ loss in revenue from 1st April 2020 to 30th June 2020.

  • The business must commit to remaining open or to reopen if it was closed. The business must also declare the intention to retain employees that are benefiting from the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme.

  • 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.


To apply for the grant contact the council to which you pay your rates; the Dublin councils can be found at the following links:

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