Guidelines and T&Cs for B&Bs affiliated with Fáilte Ireland National Quality Assurance Framework

The Restart Grant Plus scheme gives grants to businesses to help them reopen their premises and get back to work. As the owner of a commercial B&B, you may be eligible to apply for a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping your B&B operational and re-connecting with your employees and customers.

To find out more about the scheme's criteria, read the Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs Guidelines.

Download a PDF version of the Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs Guidelines [pdf, 184kb]

  • Q1. Who can apply for the Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs? What are the criteria for qualifying?
  • B&B businesses which pay local authority rates should apply directly to their Local Authority. 

    In Phase 1, applicants must be part of the National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF) either through direct approval by Fáilte Ireland, or as a member of B&B Ireland’s Quality Assurance Framework. 

    Phase 2 is now open to B&Bs not affiliated with Fáilte Ireland or B&B Ireland and the Guidelines specific to those B&Bs are here

    In order to apply for the Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs, a B&B business must:
    a. Be commercial and with a trading track record; 

    b. Have 0 - 250 employees; 

    c. Have suffered a projected 25%+ loss in turnover between 1 April to end June 2020, based on a comparable period in 2019; 

    d. Commit to remain open or to reopen in 2020 / 2021 if it was closed; and 

    e. Intend to retain employees that are/were on the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) (formerly Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS)) 

    f. Be in operation prior to January 2020. 

    g. Be a micro, small or medium enterprise with turnover in the last financial year of less than €25m and employing less than 250 people. 


  • Q2. What can I use the grant for?
  • The grant is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.

  • Q3. How much will I get?
  • The Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs will be €4,000 for non-rated B&Bs i.e. B&B businesses not on the Local Authority rates system.

    As a consequence of the extra restrictions on movements in Kildare, Laois and Offaly, the Government has increased the Restart Grant level by 20% in those counties. That means that a non-rated B&B business in those 3 counties entitled to the minimum €4,000 grant will now get €4,800 under the Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs.

    B&Bs that are on the rates system can apply to their Local Authority for the equivalent of their 2019 rates bill, excluding arrears, subject to a minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum of €25,000.

  • Q4. How do I apply?
  • Application forms can only be submitted online via the Fáilte Ireland Trade Portal.

    The application form for Phase 1 will be available from 14 September to 28 October 2020.

    Further details on the application process for B&Bs which are not approved under National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF) will be announced shortly.

    Applicants should note that granting access to the application form does not confirm final eligibility of an applicant. Depending on the information provided in the application form, an applicant may still be deemed ineligible for funding later in the process.

    Please contact our Customer Support Team on 1800 242473 or +353-1-8847101 or email customersupport@failteireland.ie for further assistance.

     

  • Q5. Does the business need to be open at the time of applying?
  • As this is a restart grant, it is designed to support operators in planning and making alterations to enable their B&B business to re-open.

    The business must be able to demonstrate (if requested) that the B&B business operated in 2020 and incurred costs related to COVID-19 prevention measures. However, if a business was unable to reopen due to the Government Roadmap in 2020 and continued to incur operational costs and makes a commitment to reopen in 2021, they are entitled to apply for the grant. 

    The grant may be subject to audit by Fáilte Ireland. Therefore, you are required to retain all records relating to this grant for a period of up to 10 years.


  • Q6. How long must the business have been closed in order to claim this grant?
  • There are no specific requirements around the length of time the business was closed, however the business must have suffered a projected 25%+ loss in turnover between 1 April to end June 2020, based on a comparable period in 2019.
     
    This may be verified at any time.

  • Q7. How soon will I get my grant?
  • Applications will be processed in order of receipt. On average, we will aim to process applications generally within two weeks of receipt of all required information.

  • Q8. How will the grant be paid?
  • The grant will be paid by electronic transfer to the business account.

  • Q9. When is the closing date for applications?
  • Phase 1 will open on 14 September and close on 28 October 2020.

    Further details on the dates for Phase 2 will be announced shortly.
     


  • Q10. Can rate paying B&Bs apply to Fáilte Ireland?
  • No, rate paying B&Bs must apply to the Local Authority.

    Only B&Bs that are not in rateable premises can apply to Fáilte Ireland.

  • Q11. Is this the only COVID-19 grant available to B&Bs?
  • B&Bs that are on the rates system can apply to their local authority for the equivalent of their 2019 rates bill, excluding arrears, subject to a minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum of €25,000 under the Restart Grant Plus. The Restart Grant Plus provides grants for small and medium businesses to help them re-open their premises and get back to work.
     



    B&Bs in non rate paying premises i.e. not on the local authority rates system, can apply to Fáilte Ireland under the Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs (this grant) and/or under the COVID-19 Adaptation Fund for the Re-opening of Tourism & Hospitality Businesses which launched on 18 August.

    Fáilte Ireland’s COVID-19 Adaptation Fund is an additional support, designed to contribute to the re-opening costs incurred by tourism businesses, particularly the costs of implementing Fáilte Ireland’s Guidelines for Re-opening.
     


  • Q12. Can you apply for this grant if you are in receipt of/applying for other grants?
  • B&Bs are eligible to apply for up to €500 for capital expenditure through Fáilte Ireland’s COVID-19 Adaptation Fund. B&Bs are also eligible to apply for up to €4,000 through the Restart Grant Plus (this grant), administered by Fáilte Ireland on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

  • Q13. What is a Bank Statement Header?
  • The bank statement header is the top of a recent bank statement indicating your business name and address and business bank account number, which should be scanned and uploaded as an attachment to the application form to verify your business name and address, and your bank account details.

    The bank statement used should be from 2020.

  • Q14. If I am not happy with the decision to refuse my grant can I appeal?
  • Yes, any decision to refuse a grant may be appealed in writing to RestartGrant@failteireland.ie.


  • Q15. Where can I find further information?
  • For individual queries please contact our Customer Support Team on 1800 242473 or +353-1-8847101 or email for further assistance CustomerSupport@failteireland.ie

     

     

  • Terms and conditions
  • The following Terms and Conditions are included in the Application Form: 

    It will be a condition of any application for grant aid under the Restart Grant Plus for B&Bs 2020, that in addition to the Guidelines, Terms & Conditions document the applicant has read, understood and accepted the following: 

    5.1 Fáilte Ireland is not bound to accept any application, including an application from an eligible applicant. Any assistance, including any guidance from Fáilte Ireland so as to better specify an application shall not bind Fáilte Ireland to any funding.

    5.2 Fáilte Ireland shall not be liable to the applicant or any other party, in respect of any loss, damage or costs of any nature arising directly or indirectly from: 

    5.2a The application or the subject matter of the application; or 

    5.2b The rejection for any reason of any application; or 

    5.3 Fáilte Ireland shall not be held responsible or liable, at any time in any circumstances, in relation to any matter whatsoever arising in connection with the administration of the programme. 

    5.4 No contractual rights in favour of an applicant shall exist unless and until a grant confirmation email is issued by Fáilte Ireland to the applicant. 

    5.5 Moreover, Fáilte Ireland does not accept any liability or loss of any kind suffered by any applicant or any interested party arising out of or in connection with the treatment of particular funding under State Aid law or any attendant processes including recovery or claw-back at any time and Fáilte Ireland does not accept any liability for any assistance, guidance or representations howsoever given to the applicant. 

    5.6 Applicants should note that under the Freedom of Information Act 2014, information provided by them in their application may be liable to be disclosed. Applicants are asked to consider if any of the information supplied by them in their application should not be disclosed because of its confidentiality or commercial sensitivity. If applicants consider that certain information should not be disclosed due to confidentiality or commercial sensitivity, they must clearly identify such information and specify the reasons why it is confidential or commercially sensitive. Any information not identified as confidential or commercially sensitive is liable to be released in response to a Freedom of Information request without further notice to the applicant. Fáilte Ireland will, where possible, consult with applicants about confidential or commercially sensitive information so identified before making a decision on a request received under the Freedom of Information Act 2014.


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