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COVID 19 Business Restart Grant Details

Details regarding the Covid 19 Business Restart Grant have been announced. We have included all the information we are in receipt of from Cork City Council and this is outlined below. Further information can be received from the Cork Local Authority Business Support Unit at 021 4924000 or email

We urge all our members to study the attached and if they consider their business is eligible then make the necessary application ASAP  Apply online for the COVID 19 Business Restart Grant. I would suggest that having studied the attached and you are still unsure as to your businesses eligibility I would still err on the side of caution and apply now. For I suspect this grant will be over subscribed and you do not want your delay in applying as being the reason your application was unsuccessful.


A €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 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 reemploy staff on the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment where applicable

Apply online for the COVID 19 Business Restart Grant

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What types of business can apply?

Subject to the qualifying criteria below, any business that has a commercially rateable premises, or where rates are paid on yourbehalf 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 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 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 endeavor 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.

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

The business must commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed.  The business must also declare the intention to retain employees that are benefitting from the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).

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 (18 May) Hardware, garden centres, 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, theatres, cinemas, gyms, shopping centres.

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?

Yes, any decision to refuse a grant may be appealed to up to 30th September 2020  
Apply online for the COVID 19 Business Restart Grant

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