Sole traders and tradesmen affected by Covid-19 can avail of a new €1,000 one-off grant for related expenses.
The funding – which has been dubbed the ‘white-van man’ grant – will be available to self-employed workers and small business owners. The grant is aimed at sole traders such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters and taxi drivers who are trying to return to work after the coronavirus lockdown.
It is a new support for self-employed businesses that are not eligible for other Covid-19 Government grants. The money is available to business owners who employ fewer than 10 people, are not liable for commercial rates and have an annual turnover of less than €1m. It will be paid on the basis of expenditure incurred by a business seeking to get back to work and cover all costs up to €1,000.
The funding can be used to pay for salaries, fuel, new equipment, signage or personal protective equipment (PPE). The Enterprise Support Grant previously provided support for entrepreneurs to set up new enterprises. But it has now been reconfigured to specifically provide one-off supports for self-employed people who have been severely impacted and have had to cease operations as a result of the pandemic.
To qualify, a business owner must have come off the Pandemic Unemployment Payment after June 27th.
“You go onto the Department of Social Protection website, you download the application form and send it to your local Intreo office.”