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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 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 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?

 

Yes.

 

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?

 

Yes.

 

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

 

Yes.

 

9.       How do I apply?

 

The application can be made online via www.donegalcoco.ie

 

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 (may be subject to change from Govt):

 

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 (dated within the past 6 months) 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 i.e. BIC and IBAN.

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 is available via your relevant Revenue Collector. Their contact details can be found on your rate demand/statement, or are listed below are as follows:

 

Donegal Municipal District                                    

Ann Crawford -  (087 7623095)  - anncrawford@donegalcoco.ie

Mairead Devine  - (087 3488567) - mdevine@donegalcoco.ie

 

Glenties Municipal District                                  

Barry Travers  -  (087 6084162 ) -  barry.travers@donegalcoco.ie

 

Letterkenny Municipal District                   

Lorraine Bonner  -  (087 2041529)  -  lbonner@donegalcoco.ie

Mairead Shields   -  (087 6222084)  -  MSHIELS@donegalcoco.ie

                                       

Stranorlar Municipal District                    

Miriam Bonner  -   (087 3662219)  -  mbonner@donegalcoco.ie

Christina O'Donnell - (087 9192272) - codonnell@donegalcoco.ie

 

Inishowen Municipal District                                    

Paula McCann  -   (087 0574596)  - paula.mccann@donegalcoco.ie

Marie Deeney  -  (087 3172688)  -  marie.deeney@donegalcoco.ie

 

 

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 restartgrantappeal@donegalcoco.ie up to 30th September 2020. 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 Donegal County Council whose decision will be final. 

 

22. I am a Childcare Provider, can I apply for the COVID-19 Restart Grant and Department of Children and Youth Affairs(DCYA) supports?

 

  • Among the COVID-19 Business supports available the Department of Children and Youth Affairs(DCYA) are offering 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 COVID-19 Restart Grant.
  • Childcare Providers who have already received or are due to receive the COVID-19 Restart Grant must declare the amount due/received in the application form to the DCYA and this will be offset against the Reopening Support Payment.
  • Childcare Providers who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for the DCYA Capital Grant.
  • Receiving the DCYA Capital Grant does not affect whether you can apply for the DCYA Reopening Support Payment or the COVID-19 Restart Grant.

 

Restart Grant FAQs

 

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.

 

In most cases (but see FAQ’s 10, 11, 12 and the Table at the end), the grant will be the amount of the rates assessment for the premises for 2019 (excluding arrears) with a minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum grant of €25,000.

 

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.

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

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.)

 

The application can be made online via your local authority website at www.donegalcoco.ie.

 

In most cases the grant will be paid by electronic transfer to the business account from which you pay your rates.

 

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).

 

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.

 

Rate-paying Sports Clubs, such as GAA Clubs and Golf Clubs that have commercial activities (eg bar/restaurant) can apply for a flat grant of €4,000 ie to cover all the commercial elements of the organisation.

 

Charity Shops with a trading income, and operating from rateable premises, can apply for a flat grant of €4,000. However, non-trading community and voluntary organisations are not eligible.

 

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

 

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.

 

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 Grant. (Childcare Providers who have received a Restart 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 Grant.)

 

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

 

 

Your Customer Number is located on your commercial rates demand.

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

A digital signature should be included on the form.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Yes, any decision to refuse a grant may be appealed to [insert email address].

 

 

 

Further information can be obtained from your Local Authority Business Support Unit at Ph. [To be inserted by local authority]

 

 

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