The fund was launched on Friday to assist NI based micro-businesses and social enterprises unable to access the £10,000, £25,000 and Covid-19 Childcare Support grant schemes.
The level of the Hardship Fund grant will be:
- up to £10,000 for businesses which pay business rates on premises; and
- up to £5,000 for those that do not pay business rates.
In order to ensure that the £40 million budget is not exceeded, the final amounts awarded will depend on the number of successful applications. The fund is now open for applications (click here) and will close on 12th June.
The online application process takes approximately one hour to complete, you can save your application and return to it at any time.
Payments will be made after the scheme has closed, and the number of successful applications is determined.