Business Support Grant Scheme

The 2024 Business Support - Grant Scheme is introduced, as an additional support for local business with a primary focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s).

In Carlow 26% of rate customers pay less than €1,500, 56% less than €3,000 and 75% pay less than €5,000 per annum.

Objective of the Business Support - Grant Scheme

  • Demonstrate the commitment of Carlow County Council to economic regeneration.
  • Ease the burden on local rate payers.
  • Support competitiveness in the local economy.
  • Assist in the protection of local jobs.

How does the Scheme Work?

The 2024 Business Support - Grant Scheme is available to all rate payers subject to certain terms and conditions. In essence rate payers can avail of a grant averaging 8% to 11% of the value of their 2024 rates bill (excluding arrears) to a maximum value of €250. This means that in 2024 over 75% of rate payers in Carlow can make savings averaging 8% to 11%

Terms & Conditions

The terms and conditions of the 2024 Business Support - Grant Scheme are straight forward. There are two payment options.

Option 1 – Full Payment 

Pay your rates bill and arrears (if any) in full on or before 30th June 2024 and deduct the saving as set out in the chart.

Option 2 – Monthly Payment Plan

Pay your rates bill and arrears (if any) in full in six equal monthly instalments by Standing Order/Direct Debit or by other monthly arrangements before 30th September 2024 and deduct the saving as set out in the chart.

Please note – To avail of the 2024 Business Support - Grant Scheme customers must be in occupation of premises on January 1st, 2024. 

See your 2024 Rates Bill for the € value range on the chart applicable to your account (e.g., If you 2024 Rates Bill (excluding arrears) is €2,600 you are in “Band F” and you can save €250.00.

2024 Business Support - Grants Scheme

        Payment Option 1 Payment     Option 2

2024 Annual Rate Demand (excluding arrears)  

See your 2024 Rate Demand for the € value range applicable to your account.

2024 Maximum Grant Available for prompt payment If you pay in full (including arrears (if any)) before June 30th 2024 you can deduct If you pay in full (including arrears (if any)) in six equal monthly instalments by standing order \ direct debit or other monthly payment before September 30th 2024 you can deduct.
  € Value Range From € Value Range To      
Band A 0 500 40 40 40
Band B 501 1000 70 70 70
Band C 1001 1500 120 120 120
Band D 1501 2000 170 170 170
Band E 2001 2500 220 220 220
Band F 2501 or Greater 250 250 250
Rate payers must be in occupation on January 1st 2024 to avail of the Business Support Scheme

Where can I enquire about my account? 

Carlow County Council’s Income Department is located at 

County Buildings, 
Athy Road, 

Phone 059 9172488 / 059 9172489 / 059 9172490 or email