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The Restart Grant Section is closing.

From 23rd December 2020 please contact the DLR main telephone number 01 205 4700 or by email if you wish to make an appeal or any other matter relating to the Restart Grant Scheme only.  

Other grants available from Enterprise Ireland, The Local Enterprise Offices, MicroFinance Ireland and Intertrade Ireland.

Full Details are available here 


Apply here for your ReStart Grant Plus!


1. The Restart Grant Plus Scheme, including the top-ups applied nationwide and in certain counties, will close from midnight on Saturday 31st October.  A new COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) was established as part of Budget 2021 on 13th October 2020 and is being operated by the Revenue Commissioners

2. If you did not apply for the original Restart Grant scheme, which was introduced at the end of May 2020, and believe that you may have been eligible, then please contact Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for further information. This process will close at midnight on 31st October.

Businesses that have already received funding under the Restart Grant do not need to re-apply under the Restart Grant Plus Scheme.  Businesses who have already applied for and/or received payment under the initial Restart Grant Scheme will be contacted by email in the coming weeks by Dun Laoghaire County Council and asked to complete a declaration form. Once the declaration form is returned, the additional payment will be processed.

In order to help businesses reopen and get people back to work, the Restart Grant Plus is being increased, which means that small and medium sized businesses can now get between €4,000 and €25,000 to help them get back on their feet after what has been an exceptionally difficult time

Applications can now be made to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for the ReStart Grant Plus or small businesses.

Please apply here:

Restart Grant Information:

This €250m fund will give direct aid to micro and small businesses to help with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following the Covid-19 closures. The grant award will be the equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019, with a minimum payment of €4,000 and a maximum payment of €25,000.

Hairdressers, sports clubs, cafes, restaurants and several other businesses can use this money to help with the costs associated with re-opening and adapting to what is a very different environment. This is just one of several actions the Government is taking as part of the July Stimulus to help businesses.

Key changes to the Restart Grant Plus Scheme: 

  • €300m additional funding in addition to €250m previously committed
  • Grant amount has increased substantially. Minimum grant is now €4,000 and maximum is €25,000. Previous grant amounts were €2,000 and €10,000 respectively
  • Medium sized companies now eligible Companies with up to 250 employees can now apply (previously the grant was for companies with less than 50 employees)
  • Increased eligibility Non-rateable B&Bs, sports clubs with commercial activities and trading charity shops are now eligible

Further details include:

  • The grant will be based on the amount of the rates assessment for the premises for 2019 (excluding arrears) with a new minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum grant of €25,000 (Increased from €2,000 min and €10,000 max).
  • Eligible firms now include medium-sized firms and independent hotels with up to 250 employees, as well as small firms (increased from 50 employees).
  • Businesses impacted by a 25% reduction in turnover will be eligible provided they commit to reopening and to hiring and sustaining employment.
  • A turnover of up to €25m is now allowable, increased from €5m. There is a cap of €100,000 turnover per employee.
  • Commercial sports businesses and trading charity shops in rated premises can now apply for the grant.
  • The hospitality sector, restaurants, pubs, activity centres and tourist attractions, e.g., galleries, museums are eligible if they are operating from a rated premise.
  • B&Bs in non-rated premises will be eligible to apply for the minimum €4,000 grant from Fáilte Ireland.
  • A franchisee which is a financially independent company and is completely separate to the franchisor is eligible to apply.
  • Small company chains can apply if they meet the criteria of <250 employees and €25m turnover in totality across the company and all the branches. 
  • Multinationals are not eligible. Small Irish based subsidiaries with overseas parent companies are not eligible.
  • Large chains that are part of a large 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.
  • Applications to Fáilte Ireland, who will administer the funding to non-rate paying B&Bs, will open over the coming weeks.