Retail Grant Jenny Shoo

Economic Support Grants 2017 - 2018

Published on 04 May 2017

Economic Support Grants are available for the following sectors:

1. Arts, Crafts, Artisan Food Shop
Those involved in the self production and sale of arts, crafts and artisan food can qualify for this grant.

Does the business have to be new? What geographic area does the scheme cover?* Are there any restrictions on the scheme? How much grant relief am I entitled to? Any other requirements under the scheme?
Does the business have to be new? No. What geographic area does the scheme cover?* Waterford City Centre.
Dungarvan Town Centre.
Tramore Town Centre.
All Level 3 & 4 towns and villages (see below for a full list).
Are there any restrictions on the scheme? Premises must be vacant for a period of 3 or more months.

Under Artisan Food, only food shops are eligible (cafés,restaurants and bars do not qualify).

Floor space should be less than 40sq.m.
How much grant relief am I entitled to? 100% of commercial rates for up to three years. Any other requirements under the scheme? That there are no local authority charges owing on the building.

You must sign up to a Direct Debit on any other local authority charges.

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2. Non Competing Retail & Commercial Services
Any non competing retail or commercial service can qualify for this grant.

Does the business have to be new? What geographic area does the scheme cover?* Are there any restrictions on the scheme? How much grant relief am I entitled to? Any other requirements under the scheme?
Does the business have to be new? Yes – business cannot have operated in Waterford within the last two years.Exception: existing home based businesses moving to a vacant town centre premises. What geographic area does the scheme cover?* All Level 3 & 4 towns and villages (see below for a full list). Are there any restrictions on the scheme? Premises must be vacant for a period of 3 or more months.

Business must not be in direct competition or cause displacement to an existing business in the same town/village centre.
How much grant relief am I entitled to? 100% of commercial rates for up to three years. Any other requirements under the scheme? That there are no local authority charges owing on the building.

You must sign up to a Direct Debit on any other local authority charges.

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3. Office Refurbishment
Existing office accommodation and buildings not currently used as office accommodation can qualify for this grant.

Does the business have to be new? What geographic area does the scheme cover?* Are there any restrictions on the scheme? How much grant relief am I entitled to? Any other requirements under the scheme?
Does the business have to be new? No. What geographic area does the scheme cover?* Waterford City Centre. Dungarvan Town Centre.
Tramore Town Centre.
Are there any restrictions on the scheme? Existing offices: subject to structural works being undertaken, all costs of refurbishment are eligible.

Vacant premises: all costs of office refurbishment.

Premises must be vacant for a period of 3 or more months.

Office equipment, furniture and IT equipment are excluded.
How much grant relief am I entitled to? 100% of commercial rates in year 1, 50% in year 2 and 25% in year 3 subject to eligible vouched expenditure. Any other requirements under the scheme? That there are no local
authority charges owing on
the building.

You must sign up to a
Direct Debit on any other
local authority charges.

Scheme shall apply to the
authorised planning use of a
premises.

Only works undertaken
during the period of the
scheme are valid.

You must have a 3 year lease or own the property.

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4. Retail Fit Out Scheme
Clothing, footwear and homeware retailers can qualify for this grant.

Does the business have to be new? What geographic area does the scheme cover?* Are there any restrictions on the scheme? How much grant relief am I entitled to? Any other requirements under the scheme?
Does the business have to be new? Yes – business cannot have operated in Waterford within the last two years. What geographic area does the scheme cover?* Waterford City Centre. Tramore Town Centre. Are there any restrictions on the scheme? Premises must be vacant for a period of 3 or more months or be a new unoccupied development.

Only applicable to clothing, footwear and homewares.

Excludes stock for resale.
How much grant relief am I entitled to? 100% of commercial rates in year 1, 50% in year 2 and 25% in year 3 subject to eligible vouched expenditure. Any other requirements under the scheme? That there are no local
authority charges owing on
the building.

You must sign up to a
Direct Debit on any other
local authority charges.

Scheme shall apply to the
authorised planning use of
a premises.

Only works undertaken
during the period of
the scheme are valid.

You must have a three
year lease.

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*Waterford City Centre as defined in the Waterford City Development Plan 2013-2019.
*Dungarvan Town Centre as defined in the Dungarvan Town Centre Management Plan 2012-2018.
*Tramore Town Centre as defined in the Tramore Town Centre Management Plan 2016-2018.

Level 3 & Level 4 Towns and Villages
Aglish, Annestown, Ardmore, Baile Na nGall, Ballinroad, Ballyaneen, Ballyduff Lower (East), Ballyduff Upper (West), Ballymacarbry, Bawnfune, Bunmahon/ Knockmahon, Cappoquin, Cheekpoint, Clashmore, Clonea Power, Clonmel Environs, Crooke, Dunhill, Dunmore East, Fenor, Heilbhic, Kill, Kilmacthomas, Kilmeaden, Knockanore, Lemybrien, Lismore, Maoil na Choirne, Passage East, Piltown, Portlaw, Rathgormuck, Sean Phobal/ An Rinn.

For further details contact:
Lisa Grant
T: +353 (0)761 102709
E: lgrant@waterfordcouncil.ie