Government enhances restart grant for small businesses


  • The original grant was available to rateable businesses with a turnover of less than €5 million and employing 50 people or less which were closed or experienced a drop of 25% or more in turnover to help with costs associated with re-opening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures. The grant was based on an enterprise’s commercial rates bill for 2019 with a minimum payment of €2,000 and a maximum payment of €10,000. The application process was due to close on 31 August 2020.
  • The scheme has now been enhanced with the minimum increased to €4,000 and €25,000 maximum.
  • Firms that accessed the Restart Grant will be eligible to apply for a second top-up payment to a total combined value of the revised minimum and maximum grant levels. The criteria for accessing the scheme will include Enterprises that have:
    • 250 employees or less;
    • Turnover of less than €100,000 per employee; and
    • Reduced turnover by 25% as a result of COVID-19

Under the revised Restart Grant, support will also be provided for enterprises that could not access the original grant scheme. Non-rated B&Bs and rateable sports businesses will be eligible for a grant payment of €4,000.

Applications for the enhanced grant will open in due course through the Local Authorities. Non-rated B&Bs will be eligible to apply to Fáilte Ireland. Further details will be provided shortly.

For more details click on this link

Most Councils have an online application process but a copy of the application form can be accessed here if the online application is not accessible – Restart Grant Application Form (003)


Online applications can be accessed at the links below:

For Galway City-based businesses – online application link 

For Galway County – online application link

For Mayo County – online application link

For Clare County – online application link


Other Council website addresses can be found on this link: