Over €4 million paid to Kerry businesses under the Restart Grant

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Over €4 million has already been paid to Kerry businesses under the Restart Grant.

The €250 million grant, established by the Government, provides direct aid to micro and small businesses to help with the costs associated with reopening following COVID-19 closures.

The latest figures were released at the Castleisland Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District meeting, following a request from Fianna Fáil Cllr Breandán Fitzgerald.

Cllr Breandán Fitzgerald asked Kerry County Council how many businesses have applied for the Restart Grant, and if businesses which hadn’t applied could be written to informing them of the grant and the closing date for applications.

A total of 1,788 applications have been submitted by Kerry businesses for this grant; €4,052,635 has already been paid to local businesses.

266 applications have been approved but grants for those have not yet been paid; this amounts to over €1 million. 987 applications have received there payment to date.

270 applications have been received but not yet approved, while 265 applications have been rejected as they didn’t meet qualifying requirements.

Councillors praised Kerry County Council for their work in processing applications.

Director of Services with the council John Breen told the meeting there is a raft of supports available for businesses, and urged businesses to contact the Local Enterprise Office for further information.