Kildare County Council is urging eligible small businesses to avail of the latest support scheme which could see them receive up to €8,000 this year.
The grant is available as a contribution towards the cost of an eventual re-opening or keeping a business operational and reconnecting with employees and customers, and it must be operating from a rateable property to be eligible.
The Department of Enterprise Trade & Employment has just launched the Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) which is intended to help support those businesses with operating costs that do not qualify for the COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS).
The SBASC scheme covers the period 1 January to 30 June, and each eligible applicant will receive a grant of €4,000, with an additional payment of €4,000 from May 2021 to those firms continuing to meet the scheme’s eligibility criteria.
To review the full eligibility criteria, access the application form and find out any further details visit https://sbasc.submit.com/show/1
To apply, applicants must self-declare that they are ineligible for the CRSS, the Fáilte Ireland Business Continuity Grant or the Music Entertainment Business Assistance Scheme of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and that they are not applying for or in receipt of those grants. Applicants will also be asked to consent to data sharing with the Office of the Revenue Commissioners to enable spot checks on CRSS eligibility.
To qualify, a business must be :
Be a sole trader, a company, self-employed, or a partnership; have a minimum turnover of €50,000 for each rateable premises; not be owned or operated by a public body, and operate from a building, on which rates are payable.
Mobile premises, or premises which are not permanently fixed in place, do not meet the definition of business premises nor do premises on which no rates are payable.
The applicant must also have a current eTax Clearance Certificate from the Revenue Commissioners, and its turnover for the claim period is estimated to be no more than 25 per cent of the average weekly turnover of the business in 2019.
The business must intend to resume trading in full once Government restrictions are eased.
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment will carry out spot-checks to ensure compliance with the qualifying criteria.
The closing date for applications for the initial grant under SBASC is 21 April.
If you have any queries, please contact Kildare County Council Rates Department by email at [email protected].