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Boost for business as grants are being rolled out

Mayor Niall Kelleher: A significant boost for the county’s economy

GRANTS of between €2,000 and €10,000 for small and micro-businesses in Kerry are now being offered as companies seek to regroup after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Applications are now being accepted by Kerry County Council, with application forms available on the Kerry County Council website www.kerrycoco.ie.

The restart grant provide a significant boost for the county’s economy as businesses begin to re-open, according to Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Niall Kelleher.

The scheme will provide significant assistance to businesses which have stayed open and for those who are making plans to reopen in the coming weeks.

“Significant work has been carried out by Kerry County Council, other agencies and key sectors on the rollout of supports and initiatives to assist businesses and support the economic recovery in the county,” Cllr Kelleher said.

“The restart grant is the next step and will be of significant assistance to small businesses in Kerry”.

Kerry County Council is urging as many businesses as possible take advantage of the grant, which is part of a national €250 million scheme promoted by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. In particular, businesses listed in phases one and two of the roadmap, as well as those who stayed open all along, will be prioritised.

To avail of the grant, applicants must be a commercial business and be in the local authority’s’ commercial rates payment system. They also need to have an annual turnover of less than €5 million and employ less than 50 people and they must have suffered a projected loss in turnover of over 25 per cent to the end June 2020.

The grant will be equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019, or a minimum payment of €2,000, whichever is the higher, and it will be subject to a maximum payment of €10,000.

Applications can be made online directly and further information is available on the application form, while a list of frequently asked questions is also available on the Kerry County Council website.

If business owners have queries that are not addressed on the application form, they are encouraged to contact the Kerry Business Support Helpline on 1800-807-102 or by email to [email protected]

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