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The Government has announced that applications are open as of 14 August 2020 for the Enterprise Support Grant for those self employed people whose business has been impacted by COVID-19.
The Enterprise Support Grant is normally paid to people who are in receipt of jobseeker payments who close their claim to start their own business. It is now being extended to assist existing businesses who are reopening after COVID-19 restrictions.

Who can get the grant?

The Grant will be awarded to self-employed people who:

  • are tax and PRSI compliant
  • are not liable for commercial rates
  • have been in receipt of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and have closed their claim on or after 18th May 2020
  • have reopened their business which was closed due to the pandemic
  • employ less than 10 people
  • have an annual turnover of less than €1 million
  • are not eligible for COVID-19 Business Restart Grant or similar COVID-19 business re-start grants from other government departments
  • can produce VAT receipts/invoices in respect of business re-start costs and expenses claimed, if requested to do so by the department.

How much is the grant?

Funding will be awarded for eligible costs up to a maximum of €1,000.

Grants will be awarded on costs related to reopening your business, including:

  • safety measures
  • business advice or mentoring
  • repairs
  • fuel
  • wages

Normal business costs are not generally included.

Apply Now

You can apply for the Enterprise support grant by downloading the application form here
Published 14/08/2020

Last updated: 14th August 2020


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