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Community and Voluntary Organisations, Charities and Social Enterprises across Dublin will receive funding to help vulnerable citizens during Covid-19, said Fine Gael TD Emer Higgins.

“I am delighted that €10.5 million has been allocated under Tranche One of the COVID-19 Stability Fund to a total of 179 organisations that provide critical services to those most vulnerable in society.

“The COVID-19 Stability Fund is intended to be a targeted once-off cash injection for organisations and groups delivering critical front-line services to the most at need in our society and in danger of imminent closure due to lost fund-raised or traded income as a direct result of restrictions to counter the spread of COVID-19.

Lucan Disability Action Group

“There was considerable interest in the Stability Scheme, and the funding being announced today is the first tranche, with further tranches due to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Community and Voluntary organisations, along with Charities and Social Enterprises in our area have gone above and beyond in their response to the challenges presented by this pandemic and to assisting those most vulnerable in our communities.

“These organisations continued to carry out their essential work while restrictions stalled much activity and I, along with my colleagues in Government, commend them for that.

For that reason, I am delighted that Lucan Disability Action Group are one of the organisations selected and will receive €75,725 in funding to provide services. It is a wonderful organisation that aims to facilitate and promote independent living for people with disabilities around Lucan Palmerstown and Clondalkin. The work they have done and the support they have provided during the pandemic has been outstanding.

The Government recognised that organisations like Lucan Disability Action Group required help and additional resources to deliver these essential services and to cope with the inability to generate traded or fundraised income due to social restrictions.”

Fine Gael TD Emer Higgins has urged small and micro businesses across Dublin to apply for the new €250m Restart Grant, which will give direct grant aid to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures.

Deputy Higgins said: “The Grant will be available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or less, which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to 30th June 2020.

“It is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.

“The grants will be equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019, with a minimum payment of €2,000 and a maximum payment of €10,000.”

Deputy Higgins continued: “I am acutely aware of the difficulties facing small businesses in Dublin during these challenging times.

“The Restart Grant is designed to help these businesses get back on their feet. The grant can be used to defray ongoing fixed costs, for replenishing stock and for measures needed to ensure employee and customer safety.

“Small businesses, whether it be the local hairdresser, café or clothes shop, are absolutely vital to the social fabric of our towns and villages throughout Dublin.

“In response to the very significant economic challenges posed by Covid-19, the Government has moved swiftly to introduce a range of measures to support enterprises of all sizes.

“These measures have included supports for wage costs, liquidity supports and the deferral or waiver of payments.

"The Restart Grant will further help to support activity and employment across Dublin,” Higgins said.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, said: “These businesses have made huge sacrifices to protect their employees and customers during COVID-19 and we want to help them get back up and running so that they can return to viability and contribute to the national economic recovery.

“These are small grants but they can make a big difference in terms of giving businesses an extra helping hand to open their doors again.”

Applications for the Restart Grant can be made online to local authorities from Friday 22nd May.

Processing of applications and payment of the Restart Grant will depend on the initial surge of applications but, as far as is feasible, will be prioritised according to scheduled re-opening dates in the national Roadmap.

This direct grant support is part of the wider €12bn package of supports for firms of all sizes, which includes grants, low-cost loans, write-off of commercial rates and deferred tax liabilities, all of which will help to improve cashflow amongst our SMEs.

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