Higgins encourages businesses to apply for the expanded scheme
The Restart Grant Plus, launched recently will help businesses in Lucan, Clondalkin, Newcastle, Saggart, Rathcoole and Palmerstown reopen and will help local people get back to work, a Fine Gael TD Emer Higgins has said.
Deputy Higgins said: “Applications to the Restart Grant Plus Scheme are now officially open. This scheme, introduced by Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, gives grants to businesses to help them reopen and get their staff back to work.
“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.
“This expanded and improved Restart Grant Plus will see €300m additional funding in addition to the €250m previously committed. The Grant amount has increased substantially. The minimum grant available is now €4,000 up from €2,000 previously. The maximum grant available is €25,000, a significant increase from €10,000 previously. So if your business already got the minimum or maximum amount and feel you would qualify for more, you can now re-apply.
“More local businesses could now find themselves eligible for this grant than before, and key Businesses that received a grant under the first scheme can re-apply to receive additional funding. Non-rateable B&Bs, sports clubs with commercial activities and trading charity shops are now eligible. Previously only small companies could apply for this grant but now medium sized companies are also eligible.
“I encourage all local companies with up to 250 employees to apply through South Dublin County Council,” concluded Deputy Emer Higgins.