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Latest News:  

Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC)

Commercial Incentive Grant Scheme 2021

2021 Commercial Rates Waiver Scheme 

Making of the rate for 2021



Small Business Assistance Scheme for Covid [SBASC]

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, for example, rent, utility bills, security.

If you have received Phase 1 of SBASC you can apply for Phase 2 if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

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;
  • the business is not owned and operated by a public body;
  • the business is not eligible or availed of CRSS, Fáilte Ireland Business Continuity Scheme, MEBAS or other sectoral schemes. The details of these schemes are set out on the application form and FAQs (detailed below).
  • the business operates from a building, including working from home, or similar fixed physical structure such as a yard or a street trading pitch for which rates are payable or in a co-working hub or a rented fixed desk.   This does not include businesses carried on from motor vehicles, such as PSVs or construction trades;
  • the business must have a current eTax Clearance Certificate from the Revenue Commissioners;

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:
    • average weekly turnover of the business in 2019; or
    • the projected average weekly turnover of the business in 2020, for businesses that commenced after 1st November 2019, and the financial statements as of end of 2019 should be uploaded with the application;
  • the business intends to resume trading in full once Government COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

The SBASC will be administered through your local authority:

Proposed Term & Level of Payments

  • The scheme will aid eligible businesses that meet the scheme criteria for the trading period beginning the 1st April to 30th of June 2021.
  • All eligible applications with a minimum turnover of €50,000 will receive a payment of €4,000.
  • All eligible applications with a minimum turnover of €20,000 and less than €49,999 will receive a payment of €1,000.
  • Payments will be dispersed in the same format as rates refunds via bank transfer.
  • The Scheme will close to new applicants on 21st July 2021.

The scheme will be run on a first-come-first-served basis. 

For more COVID-19 business supports visit enterprise.gov.ie/coronavirus.



Should you have any queries in relation to the SBASC please email sbasc@kildarecoco.ie

Commercial Incentive Grant Scheme 2021

Kildare County Council has opened applications for their Commercial Incentive Grant Scheme for 2021.

The scheme will encourage the use of vacant commercial premises by providing a grant to eligible entrepreneurs who occupy certain vacant properties  in 2021 in towns or village centres throughout the County.  An attractive, vibrant commercial area contributes positively to a location’s retail and economic growth, boosting footfall and street activity.

This new scheme will complement the highly successful Shop Front Grants Scheme already available through Kildare County Council.  Eligible businesses will receive the grant over three years.

To view the eligibility criteria for the scheme see Commercial Incentive Eligibility Criteria

To view the full scheme see Incentive Scheme

To make an application, please click HERE


Commercial Rates Waiver for Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 2021 

 The Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage recently announced a waiver of Commercial Rates for the first and second quarter of 2021.

The waiver supports businesses closed or seriously impacted by the current restrictions.

Eligible Categories

Business categories automatically eligible for the waiver are set out in Appendix C. Appendix C - eligible rates customers

Kildare County Council has applied a six-month rates waiver from January to June 2021 to all eligible accounts. 

Excluded Categories

Business categories excluded from the waiver are set out in Appendix D. Appendix D - ineligible rates customers

Ratepayers in these excluded categories may appeal this exclusion if they can demonstrate a severe impact on their business due to Covid-19.

If you have submitted an appeal for Q1 2021 and have demonstrated a serious impact due to Covid 19, you are not required to be re-assessed for eligibility for Q2.

If you are in an excluded category and your business meets either of the following criteria in Q2 2021:

  • The business is receiving support under the Revenue Commissioners COVID Related Support Scheme (CRSS)                                                                                     Or
  • Turnover from the relevant business activity in the claim period from 1st April to 30th June 2021 does not exceed 25% of the average weekly turnover for the year 2019 (or 2020 for a new business)


 You are invited to provide the supporting proofs listed in the FAQs  2021 Commercial rates waiver scheme FAQs

Excluded ratepayers that wish to appeal MUST submit the relevant documentary evidence by email to covidwaiver@kildarecoco.ie by close of business 9th July 2021. Appeals not supported by the appropriate documentary evidence will not be processed.




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