The Department of Enterprise Trade & Employment (DETE) has recently launched the Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) for Q2 2021 and extended eligibility for the €60m SBASC to include businesses operating from a non-rateable premises such as a home business or yard.
The expanded Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID is now open for applications through your Local Authority. (Closing date for this scheme is 21st July 2021 at 23.55).
Phase 2 of this scheme has been expanded to include those that had previously been ineligible.
Businesses working from non-rateable premises are now eligible to apply and if they meet the other eligibility criteria will receive a grant of €4,000.
Businesses with a turnover between €20,000 and €49,999 are also now eligible to apply if they meet the other eligibility criteria and will receive a grant of €1,000.
SBASC gives grants to businesses who are not eligible for the Government’s COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS), the Fáilte Ireland Business Continuity grant or other direct sectoral grant schemes. This scheme aims to help businesses with their fixed costs such as utilities, maintenance of equipment and mobile business, security, IT systems fees, storage, legal and accountancy fees and costs required to provide a safe working environment and to assist with maintaining operations.
If you have received Phase 1 of SBASC you can apply for Phase 2 if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
Businesses will be asked to declare that they intend to resume trading in full once Government COVID restrictions are eased.
Details of Phase 2 of SBASC:
The scheme is available for businesses that do not qualify for CRSS, MEBAS, Fáilte Ireland Schemes or other sector schemes designed to assist with fixed costs.
The scheme is available to companies, self-employed, sole traders or partnerships, as long as they meet the following criteria:
Business Turnover criteria:
The projected average weekly turnover of the business over the claim period 1st April to 30th June 2021 is estimated to be no more than 25% of the:
The business intends to resume trading in full once Government COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
The SBASC will be administered through your local authority (Westmeath County Council).
Proposed Term & Level of Payments :
The scheme will be run on a first-come-first-served basis.
Application Form & FAQs :
To access the application form, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, please click on one of the following links :
If you have any queries, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 044 9338959.
For more COVID-19 business supports visit enterprise.gov.ie/coronavirus.