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Covid-19

Emergency Management

26 Mar 2020

Fingal County Council and COVID-19: Help us to help you.

Fingal County Council's public offices are now closed to the general public.

A number of our services can be completed over the phone, by mail or online.

You can contact Customer Care Unit at 01 8905000 . Paperwork can be sent by e-mail. E-mail addresses may be found on our website at www.fingal.ie

Full details can be found here.

 

Fingal Community Response Forum

A dedicated community support helpline and email address has been launched to assist at-risk members of the public in accessing non-emergency and non-medical supports and advice. Find out more here.

Restart Grant FAQs

Subject to the qualifying criteria below, any business that has a commercially rateable premises, or where rates are paid on your behalf and attributable to the business premises you occupy, can apply.  Multiple chain stores, i.e. a business that is a non-financially independent branch of a group of chain stores which is owned and managed by a single entity, are not eligible.  Non-commercial organisations such as community and sporting premises (including charity shops and community and sporting premises with a bar) are not eligible.  Businesses that do not operate from commercially rateable premises (tradesmen, service providers, etc) are not eligible.  Premises that were vacant prior to the Covid-19 emergency are not eligible for the grant.

On average, we hope to issue approval within one week.  This depends, of course, on the initial volume of applications. Applications will be processed in relation to anticipated re-opening dates, in line with the Government’s strategy for the re-opening of the economy.

The grant will be the amount of your rates demand in respect of calendar year 2019 only, subject to a minimum of €2,000 and a maximum of €10,000.  In the event that your rates demand was reduced on appeal, the appeal rate will apply to an amount of the grant if the grant is over €2,000.

Yes

The grant is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers. The grant could be used to defray ongoing fixed costs, e.g. utilities, insurance, refurbishment or for measures to ensure employee and customer safety.

Yes. The local authority will endeavour to assess what your rates demand for 2019 would have been and, if, for any reason, an estimate cannot be made the minimum grant of €2,000 will be paid.

Yes.

Yes.

The application can be made online via your local authority website at https://submit.link/E5RPF

The grant will be paid by electronic transfer to the business account detailed on the application form.

A business must have a turnover of less than €5m and have 50 or less employees.

The business must have suffered a projected 25%+ loss in revenue from 1st April 2020 to 30th June 2020.   

The business must commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed.  The business must also declare the intention to retain employees that are benefitting from the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).

Businesses should retain supporting documentation as spot-checks may be carried out to verify a declaration to this effect.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 August 2020.

Your Customer Number is located on your commercial rates demand.

Your Rate Number (or LAID) is located on your commercial rates demand.

Business Categories, based on the Government’s Roadmap for a phased re-opening of the economy, are as set out below:

Phase 0

Business never closed.

Phase 1 (18 May)

Hardware, garden centres, opticians, motor/cycle repairs, office products, electrical, IT equipment, phone sales/repairs, outdoor construction, public amenities.

Phase 2

Small retail outlets, marts.

Phase 3

Creches for essential workers, retail outlets with street entrance, cafes, and restaurants for on-premises consumption.

Phase 4

Creches, ‘high-risk’ services including hairdressers, tourism accommodation.

Phase 5

Bars, theatres, cinemas, gyms, shopping centres.

Your revenue number is your Tax Registration Number (TRN) which is a business’ number for all dealings with Revenue.

The bank statement header is the top of a recent bank statement indicating your business name and address and business bank account number, which should be scanned and uploaded as an attachment to the application form to verify your business name and address, and your bank account details.

Applicants should type in their name and by pressing “Submit” they are confirming that all details are correct/true.

If you are making applications related to a number of businesses/premises (totalling grants of €10,000 or more), or if you are supplying goods/services to the local authority, you must submit a Tax Clearance Access Number to allow your tax clearance status to be checked. 

Further information can be obtained from your Local Authority Business Support Unit at https://www.fingal.ie/business

Yes, any decision to refuse a grant may be appealed to [email protected] up to 30th September 2020.

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