MICRO-enterprises and small businesses in Limerick are being encouraged to apply for the Government’s new Restart Grant.
Deputy Kieran O’Donnell, Fine Gael has is encouraging business owners to apply for the new €250 million Restart Grant available on the Limerick City and County Council website.
He said the scheme will “provide much needed direct grant aid to micro and small businesses in Limerick to help them get going again as the country re-opens”
Deptu O’Donnell said, “The grants available range between €2,000 and €10,000 and can be used to help with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures.
“The grant is available to eligible businesses who have stayed open throughout the crisis, as well as those who are reopening under Phase 1 (from 18 May) and Phase 2 (8 June) of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.”
The Fine Gael TD said he applauds all Limerick’s small businesses “who have kept going in some way throughout the pandemic”.
“I want to reassure those who have had to close that we are doing everything to support them to reopen. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy here in Limerick and they will be crucial to Ireland’s economic recovery,” Deputy O’Donnell said.
The Limerick City TD said the grant is “part of a wider package of supports for firms of all sizes worth a total of €12 billion nationally”. The wider package of supports includes the Wage Subsidy Scheme, grants, low-cost loans, write off commercial rates, and deferred tax liabilities. “All of which will help to improve cashflow amongst our SMEs and have helped to keep many going throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Deputy O’Donnell said all the information needed for businesses is available on the online application form, but “if you have any further queries about the application you can contact the Business Support Unit in the Council”.
“The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has also established a Business Support Call Centre for information on the supports available to businesses and enterprises affected by COVID-19. It can be reached at [email protected] or (01) 631 2002,” he concluded