Please see below some details on announcements from the NI Executive in recent days relating to funding packages. Once we have further detail on eligibility criteria etc then we will be in touch as necessary. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has said that she plans to launch a Covid19 Charities Fund
“My officials are urgently developing a Covid19 Charities Fund, to assist charities to deal with the impacts of this emergency. I recognise the impact this emergency has had on traditional fundraising activities, and that this is a worrying time for many in the sector. The sector is made up of diverse groups, doing fantastic work in our communities. Given that this is a limited fund, it is important that the scheme is carefully considered and ensures the best possible use of the resources available, to support and prioritise needs within the sector.
£40m secured for Microbusiness Fund
Minister Dodds said:
“I am pleased to announce that the Executive has approved funding of £40 million for this Hardship Fund which will provide much-needed support to thousands of businesses suffering financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19. Social enterprises and charities will be able to access the fund if they meet the eligibility criteria.
“I am pleased to confirm that small businesses that occupy a rental property can now apply for the £10,000 grant scheme.
“I have taken this step so that the small business that occupies a rental property, and not the landlord or managing agent who is responsible for paying the rates, will benefit.