Over 500 have applied so far.
Over 500 businesses in Offaly have now applied for a restart grant from the county council.
The local authority says this isn't enough and is encouraging all rate payers to avail of the multi-million euro government scheme.
More than €1.5m in funding has been approved so far.
Head of Finance, Procurement & Information Systems in Offaly County Council Mark Connolly, explains the criteria involved: