COVID-19 Business Restart Grant Applications must be submitted before August 31st 2020


Please ensure you have applied for the Business Restart Grant the deadline is August 31st 2020. Don't put it on the long finger get your application into Cork City Council this week if possible.

Apply online for the COVID 19 Business Restart Grant

The €250 million Restart Fund has been created nationally by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation.  The purpose is to to help micro and small enterprises with the costs of reopening during Covid-19.  Companies can apply for a grant to Cork City Council of an amount equivalent to no more than their 2019 rates bill and there will be a cap of €10,000. The grant can be used to pay ongoing fixed costs, for replenishing stock and for measures needed to ensure employee and customer safety.

To receive the grant from Cork City Council, a business must:

  • Have an existing rate account with Cork City Council
  • Have an annual turnover of less than €5 million and employ between 1 to 50 people
  • Have closed, or incurred a projected 25% or more loss in turnover to the end of June 2020
  • Commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed
  • Declare the intention to retaining employees that are on the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and to re-employ staff on the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment where applicable

Apply online for the COVID 19 Business Restart Grant Below is a list of frequently asked questions however if you wish to contact our office for advice please do so:  Tel 021-4278295.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What types of business can apply?

Subject to the qualifying criteria below, any business that has a commercially rateable premise, 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.

2. How soon will I get my 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.

3. How much will I get?

The grant will be the amount of your rates demand in respect of the 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.

4. If my rates demand for the calendar year 2019 was less than €2,000 can I receive a grant of €2,000?


5. 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.

6. If my premises was not rate assessed in 2019 am I eligible?

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.

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


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


9. How do I apply?

The application can be made online via your local authority website.

10. How will the grant be paid?

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

11. What are the criteria for qualifying for the grant?

A business must have a turnover of less than €5m and have 50 or less employees.

Businesses should retain supporting documentation as spot-checks may be carried out to verify a declaration to this effect.

12. When is the closing date?

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

13. What is my Customer Number?

Your Customer Number is located on your commercial rates demand.

14. What is my Rate Number?

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

15. What is my Business Category?

Business Categories, based on the Government’s Roadmap for a phased re-opening of the economy,  are as set out below


Phase 0

Business never closed.

Phase 1

Hardware, garden centers, opticians, motor/cycle repairs, office products, electrical, IT equipment, phone sales/repairs, outdoor construction, public amenities.

Phase 2

Small retail outlets, marts.

Phase 3

Creches for essential workers, retail outlets with street entrance, cafes, and restaurants for on-premises consumption.

Phase 4

Creches, ‘high-risk’ services including hairdressers, tourism accommodation.

Phase 5 Bars, theaters, cinemas, gyms, shopping centers.


16. What is my Revenue Number?

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

17. What is a Bank Statement Header?

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.

18. How do I sign the form?

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

19. Do I need to submit a Tax Clearance Access Number?

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.

20. Where can I get more information?

Further information can be obtained from your Local Authority Business Support Unit at Phone: 021 4924000 or email

21. If I am not happy with the decision to refuse my grant can I appeal?

Appeals relating to a decision to refuse an application shall be made in writing within 7 days of receipt of notification of the decision to whose decision on the appeal will be final.