Month: May 2020

Limerick enterprises urged to apply to Restart Grant for Small Business – O’Donovan

Added May 18th, 2020

Limerick Minister and local TD, Patrick O’Donovan has urged small and micro businesses across Limerick County to apply for the new €250m Restart Grant, which will give direct grant aid to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures.

Deputy O’Donovan said: “The Grant will be available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or less, which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to 30th June 2020.

“It is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers. “The grants will be equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019, with a minimum payment of €2,000 and a maximum payment of €10,000. I am acutely aware of the difficulties facing small businesses in County Limerick during these challenging times.”

“The Restart Grant is designed to help these businesses get back on their feet. The grant can be used to defray ongoing fixed costs, for replenishing stock and for measures needed to ensure employee and customer safety. Small businesses, whether it be the local hairdresser, café or clothes shop, are absolutely vital to the social fabric of our towns and villages throughout County Limerick. In response to the very significant economic challenges posed by Covid-19, the Government has moved swiftly to introduce a range of measures to support enterprises of all sizes.”

“These measures have included supports for wage costs, liquidity supports and the deferral or waiver of payments. The Restart Grant will further help to support activity and employment across County Limerick.”

Applications for the Restart Grant can be made online to local authorities from Friday 22nd May. Processing of applications and payment of the Restart Grant will depend on the initial surge of applications but, as far as is feasible, will be prioritised according to scheduled re-opening dates in the national Roadmap.

This direct grant support is part of the wider €12bn package of supports for firms of all sizes, which includes grants, low-cost loans, write-off of commercial rates and deferred tax liabilities, all of which will help to improve cashflow amongst our SMEs.

Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises in Limerick urged to apply for €35 million COVID-19 Stability Fund – O’Donovan

Added May 13th, 2020

Limerick Minister and Fine Gael TD, Patrick O’Donovan has urged Community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises in Limerick to for funding under the €35 million COVID-19 Stability Fund.

Minister O’Donovan said: “Following last Friday’s announcement of a €40 million funding package for the sector, applications are now being invited from today for the €35 million Stability Fund.

“The funding will be prioritised for those organisations which are most in need and have seen their trading and/or fundraising income drop significantly during the crisis.
“The Fund will provide immediate, short-term cash flow to qualifying organisations which provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society and allow them to maintain their valuable services.

“As a society we depend greatly on these organisations and I would like to thank them for their contribution to the inspiring community response to the current crisis in Limerick.”

“The funding for this initiative will be provided from the Dormant Accounts Fund and will provide a once-off grant to qualifying organisations. The Fund will focus on organisations providing supports and services in the following sectors:

● Health and Social Care (including addiction, disability and mental health)
● Child and Family Services (including counselling/therapies)
● Domestic/Sexual/Gender based violence
● Housing/Homelessness
● Community Services (e.g. meals on wheels/befriending services/old age supports/vulnerable people’s support groups etc.)
● Community Education Sector

Minister O’Donovan continued: “The application process for the Stability Fund is straightforward. It will be open for a period of ten days in order to facilitate organisations that wish to be considered for funding. A link to the application process can be found on the Department of Rural and Community Development’s website.
“Pobal have also prepared full additional information regarding the application process which can also be found at that link.

“I would encourage all eligible charities, social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations here in County Limerick to fully engage with the application process and contact Pobal at stabilityscheme@pobal.ie if you have any queries.

“All of the details can be found on both the Department’s website www.gov.ie/drcd and the website of Pobal www.pobal.ie.”

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