COVID-19 Enterprise Support Grant

COVID-19 Enterprise Support Grant

What is the COVID-19 Enterprise Support Grant?

The Enterprise Support Grant is a one-off grant to reimburse a business, which closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, for its reopening costs, up to a maximum of €1,000. The grant will be paid on the basis of vouched invoices for purchases or works completed. Decisions on funding will be made by the Department Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Who is eligible?

The Enterprise Support Grant is available if you:

  • Were in receipt of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment or Jobseeker’s Benefit/Jobseeker’s Allowance and have closed your claim since 18 May 2020;
  • Operated a business prior to March 2020 that closed because of the pandemic and has since reopened;
  • Employ fewer than 10 people;
  • Have an annual turnover of less than €1 million; and
  • Are PRSI and Tax compliant.

The Enterprise Support Grant is not available if you:

  • Are liable for commercial rates; or
  • Are eligible for other COVID-19 business restart grants from other government departments, including the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s COVID-19 Business Restart Grant and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs’ Childcare Reopening Grant.

How do I apply?

  • You can fill in a form and return it to your local Intreo Centre.
  • For all purchases funded by this COVID-19 Enterprise Support Grant, you must retain all receipts and invoices for one year from the date of payment of this grant for inspection by the department, should your application be selected for a verification check.

Eligible Costs

Eligible costs must be related to the restart of your business (net of VAT for VAT registered businesses). Costs incurred since 13 March can be included in your application. Examples of eligible costs include:

  • Capital costs incurred for the purchase of equipment including signage and personal protective equipment;
  • Repairs, maintenance and installation of safety measures;
  • Business training, mentoring and coaching;
  • Advertising and marketing;
  • Salaries (accompanied by payslips where the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme is not payable);
  • Vehicle running costs including fuel;
  • Accountancy and related services, and legal advice; and
  • Public liability and indemnity insurance costs.
  • Business consumables directly related to trading will not generally be accepted.

Where will my grant be paid?

  • The grant will be paid to your financial account where your COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment or Jobseeker’s claim was paid. If your COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment or Jobseeker’s Payment was not paid to your financial account, the department will contact you for your payment details.

 This website has the following information including eligibility and application form process.