Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Rose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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428. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number and value of Covid-19 related grants paid out for each county up to 8 June 2020, in tabular form. [11079/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the Irish and global economy. COVID-19 has emerged as a sudden and profound disruptor. Both globally and nationally it is unclear how deep the impact will be or how long it will last. I have introduced a range of supports for businesses to support them through the crisis and the take up of supports can be accessed on my Department's website at: .

Enterprise Ireland on behalf of the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation have launched new COVID-19 supports for enterprise which utilise a number of financial instruments including grants. The breakdown of grants approved and paid by county is attached, please note companies approved grants must incur the cost before they can claim payment from Enterprise Ireland. This results in a delay between approval and payment of a grant.

InterTradeIreland launched two new business supports, these are currently being targeted at companies who are already on one of their programs. E-merge enables companies to engage consultancy support & advice (to the value of £2500/€2800) to help them develop online sales & ecommerce solutions.

Emergency Business Solutions: Fully funded consultancy support & advice (to the value of £2000/€2250) to address key business challenges in areas such as emergency cashflow, loan applications and HR/People. InterTradeIreland are not in a position to provide a county breakdown at this point.

All Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation grant supports are detailed as follows.

Tables of uptake by county where available:

Lean Business Continuity Voucher

County Number of grants paid out Value of supports granted
Donegal <5 €2,500
Dublin <5 €3,400
Wicklow <5 €2,500
Grand Total <15 €8,400

Business Continuity Voucher (IDA Ireland)

County Number of grants approved, none paid out yet Value of supports granted
Carlow 1 €2,500
Cork 9 €22,500
Dublin 5 €12,500
Galway 1 €2,500
Limerick 2 €5,000
Meath 1 €2,500
Waterford 1 €2,500
Wexford 1 €2,500
Grand Total 21 €52,500
21 approved and no grants paid out yet

Business Continuity Voucher Performance 16 March to 10 June 2020

County Applications Approvals Value of Approvals € * Value Of Supports Granted €
Carlow 197 172 430,000 0
Cavan 370 242 605,000 12,955
Clare 397 272 602,272 18,029
Cork   1,485 1,230 2,922,370 41,234
Donegal 679 470 785,876 34,072
Dublin   3,009 1,715 4,263,216 65,781
Galway 813 272 571,200 12,500
Kerry 289 132 120,375 0
Kildare 706 632 1,580,000 0
Kilkenny 311  265 633,633 43,679
Laois 223  110 202,678 12,186
Leitrim 158  115 273,000 10,431
Limerick 699  224 448,000 21,452
Longford 227 108 226,869 41,634
Louth 593 185 352,500 22,052
Mayo 364  272 298,055 19,800
Meath 576  168 390,670 36,542
Monaghan 222 211 360,691 58,626
Offaly 454 309 717,897 142,424
Roscommon 232 148 280,286 10,679
Sligo 281 192 462,184 37,133
Tipperary 623  475 1,187,500 66,212
Waterford 682 568 1,298,968 60,690
Westmeath 549  311 721,734 59,662
Wexford 394  337 491,500 32,890
Wicklow 296 254 373,350 0
Grand Total 14,829 9,389 20,599,824 860,663
*It should be noted that there will likely be a lag between project approval and project payment. The payment of the Business Continuity Voucher is dependent on the project being finished, invoiced and project report submitted to LEO, LEO completing due diligence checks and Local Authority Finance processing it.

Trading Online Voucher Performance 16 March to 10 June 2020

County Applications Approvals *Value of Approvals €
Carlow 64   38 95,000
Cavan 79 40 95,743
Clare 170   79  197,500
Cork  500 241  603,246
Donegal 165   75  180,796
Dublin   1,224  466 1,079,031
Galway 249  108  255,302
Kerry 154 45  101,691
Kildare 184  122  277,385
Kilkenny 115 84 192,795
Laois 77 34 77,699
Leitrim 52   24 57,549
Limerick 164 60  138,116
Longford 52 31 74,100
Louth 129 50  105,278
Mayo 94 64  138,672
Meath 149 75  177,113
Monaghan 56 22 53,632
Offaly 49 37 89,612
Roscommon 37 37 81,322
Sligo 105   24 54,124
Tipperary 154 120  300,000
Waterford 143   63  144,820
Westmeath 120   66  151,457
Wexford 199   74  163,488
Wicklow 176   78  180,790
Grand Total   4,660 2,157 5,066,261
*It should be noted that there will likely be a lag between project approval and project payment. The payment of the Trading Online Voucher is dependent on the project being finished, invoiced and project report submitted to LEO, LEO completing due diligence checks and Local Authority Finance processing it. Hence, actual amounts paid out are not yet available.

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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429. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if sports clubs and community centres will be allowed apply for the restart grant when the reopening phase for same occurs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11110/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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On Friday, 15 May 2020 the Government announced details of the new €250m Restart Grant providing direct grant aid to micro and small businesses. The grant is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.

The Restart Grant support is just one part of the wider €12bn package of supports for commercial firms of all sizes, which includes grants, low-cost loans, write-off of commercial rates and deferred tax liabilities, all of which will help those businesses to continue trading and to maintain employment.

To avail of the Restart Grant, applicants must be a commercial business and be in the Local Authorities’ Commercial Rates Payment System, and:

- have a turnover of less than €5m and have 50 or less employees.

- have suffered a projected 25%+ loss in revenue from 1 April 2020 to 30th June 2020.

- commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed.

- declare the intention to retain employees that are benefitting from the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).

The primary objective, therefore, is to get funding into small businesses that:

- Are reliant solely on local trading income;

- Are financially independent from any group structure;

- Have suffered significant financial losses;

- Have had to bear ongoing fixed costs or faced costs associated with re-opening the business;

- Provide local paid employment.

In that context, sporting and community organisations are not eligible because they are not primarily commercial organisations and have sources of income other than commercial sales for example, membership fees.

On Friday 8th May, my colleagues Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development and Seán Canney TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development, announced the launch of a €40 million package of supports for Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises. The package includes a €35 million ‘COVID-19 Stability Fund’ which will provide a level of support to qualifying organisations who are most in need and have seen their trading and/or fundraising income drop significantly during the crisis.

For a full list of supports for business please see .

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