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ReStart Plus Grant

ReStart Grant Plus – a Grant to Reconnect SMEs with their Employees and Customers

Introduction

Wicklow County Council has been charged with administering the Restart Grant Plus on behalf of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The Restart Grant Plus is a key part of the government’s July Stimulus package, a €7.4bn package of measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of Covid-19.

Key changes to the Restart Grant Plus Scheme are as follows:

  • €300m additional funding in addition to €250m previously committed
  • Grant amount has increased substantially. Minimum grant is now €4,000 and maximum is €25,000. Previous grant amounts were €2,000 and €10,000 respectively
  • Medium sized companies now eligible Companies with up to 250 employees can now apply (previously the grant was for companies with less than 50 employees)
  • Increased eligibility Non-rateable B&Bs, sports clubs with commercial activities and trading charity shops are now eligible

To qualify for the Restart Grant Plus, the important criteria are:

  • A business must be commercial and in the local authority rates system (apart from non-rateable B&Bs who can apply to Fáilte Ireland);
  • It must have suffered a 25% loss of expected turnover between 1 April and 30 June 2020;
  • It must have less than 250 employees and turnover less than €25m;
    It must declare its intention to re-employ staff in receipt of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme
  • Businesses that have been approved for a grant under the Original Restart Scheme can apply again for a 2nd grant by submitting a separate Declaration Form which will be made available shortly by Wicklow County Council.  These businesses should not submit a new on-line application here.

 

Further details on the Restart Grant Plus via a Frequently Asked Questions document is available below. If you have any queries, please contact us using either of the following contact methods:

Email: restartgrant@wicklowcoco.ie 
Tel: 0404 20128


To apply for the Restart Grant Plus please fill out the form below.

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  • ReStart Grant Plus Application Form

    If You Received a Payment Through Restart Grant 1 Please Read Below Restart Grant 1 Recipients (businesses who previously received a grant payment) do not need to complete this form – Restart Grant one recipients shall receive correspondence directly from Wicklow County Council in the coming days detailing how to apply for the RGP.
  • All questions must be answered, and the declaration must be fully completed and signed.
  • The DETE will arrange to carry out spot-checks to ensure compliance with the qualifying criteria (see FAQ 8).
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  • If you have multiple LAID numbers that are for separate business entities, please make separate applications for each.

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    Privacy Notice:

    Wicklow County Council is seeking the information below from you to process your application.  The lawful basis for processing this information is Article 6(1)(e) of the General Data Protection Regulation.

    The personal information you provide will be used only for the purposes of submitting and processing your application for Re-Start Grant Plus funding.  It will be necessary to share a high-level description of the names and numbers of businesses applying for the grant, the amounts awarded and Covid-19 impact and numbers employed data to the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation for reporting purposes.  Wicklow County Council undertakes to retain the personal data you supply for no longer than the duration of the ReStart Grant Plus Scheme plus a further 5 years.

    A detailed description of how Wicklow County Council will address the following data protection issues can be found by accessing the following web page links –

    Wicklow County Council’s Data Protection Policy

    Details of how you can exercise your rights as a data subject under GDPR

    Contact details for Wicklow County Council’s Data Protection Officer

    Wicklow County Council’s records retention schedule.

    Re-Start ­ - Frequently Asked Questions

    1. 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.

    2. 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). Businesses in Counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly will receive a top-up payment (see Table at the end).

    3. 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.

    4. If I have not paid my 2019 rates, am I eligible?

    Yes.

     

    5. If my rates are in arrears, am I eligible?

    Yes

    6. 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.)

    7. How do I apply?

    The application can be made online via your local authority website at www.wicklow.ie/BusinessRestart  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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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 9 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 DETE will arrange to carry out spot-checks to ensure compliance with the qualifying criteria.

    The criteria regarding turnover of < €100K per employee will be assessed in groups of 50, e.g. <50 staff must have under a maximum €5m turnover, 51 to 100 staff must have a maximum of €10m turnover, 101 to 150 staff a maximum of €15m turnover, 151 to 200 staff a maximum of €20m turnover and 201 to 250 employees a maximum of €25m turnover. Employee numbers are expressed in Full-Time Equivalents.  

    10. 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.

    11. 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 (excluding arrears) 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.

    12. 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 (excluding arrears) 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.

    13. What about franchise stores, chain stores and tenant businesses?

    a)       A franchisee, which is a financially independent company and is completely separate to the franchisor, is eligible to apply.

    b)      Multinational businesses are not eligible. Irish-based subsidiaries with overseas parent companies are not eligible.

    c)       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.

    d)      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. 

    e)      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.

    f)        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.

    g)       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.

    14. 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.

    15. I am a Childcare Provider. Can I apply for the Restart Grant 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 Plus Grant. (Childcare Providers who have received a Restart or Restart Plus Grant 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 Plus Grant.)

    16. What is the closing date?

    The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 September 2020.

    17. What is my Customer Number?

    Your Customer Number is located on your commercial rates demand.

    18. What is my Rate Number?

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

    19. 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 ie BIC and IBAN.

    20. How do I sign the form?

    A typed signature should be included on the form.

    21. 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.

    22. 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 restartappeals@wicklowcoco.ie  
    Wicklow County Council's decision will be final.

    23. Where can I get more information?

    Further information can be obtained from your Local Authority Business Support Unit at Ph. 0404 20128