Covid-19 Restart Grant Plus

The Covid-19 Restart Grant Plus recognises that businesses will incur costs in preparing their businesses to reopen and meeting the needs of employees and customers. The grant is designed to alleviate the pressure on businesses in this context.

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.

In most cases, the grant will be the amount of the rates assessment for the premises for 2019 with a minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum grant of €25,000 (or maximum of €15,000 for businesses that received the maximum €10,000 under the original Restart Grant Scheme). (but see FAQ’s 10, 11, 12 and the Table at the end for clarifications).

To avail of Restart Grant Plus, a business must be in the Local Authority's Commercial Rates Payment System and:

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment will arrange to carry out spot-checks to ensure compliance with the qualifying criteria.

If you have not been paid a grant under Restart 1, please apply here.

If you have been paid a grant under Restart 1, please do not apply using this process. You will instead have received an email to apply for Restart Grant Plus - please respond to that email to apply. If you have responded to the email, please do no more – just please wait to hear from us.


The closing date for receipt of applications is 30th September 2020. Please note the following businesses are not eligible for Restart Grant Plus;

For any queries, please email or call Customer Services at 0761 10 20 20.

Privacy Notice
Waterford City and County Council is seeking the information below from you to process your application. The lawful basis for processing this information is Article 6(1)(e) of the General Data Protection Regulation.

The personal information you provide will be used only for the purposes of submitting and processing your application for Restart Grant Plus funding. It will be necessary to share a high level description of the names and numbers of businesses applying for the grant, the amounts awarded and Covid impact and numbers employed data to the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation for reporting purposes. Waterford City and County Council undertakes to retain the personal data you supply for no longer than the duration of the Restart Grant Plus Scheme plus a further 7 years.

A detailed description of how Waterford City and County Council will address the following data protection issues can be found by accessing the following links:

Contact details for Waterford City and County Council’s Data Protection Officer are or write to us at: Data Protection Officer, Waterford City & County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford, X91 PK17. Tel: 0761 102020