Sector Specific Covid-19 Supports

MEBAS (Music and Entertainment Business Support Scheme): This new scheme is a targeted support for businesses operating solely in the live entertainment sector that do not qualify for other business supports and have been significantly impacted by restrictions introduced by the Government under public health regulations to combat the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants will be paid to successful applicants as a contribution to the business costs. Under this scheme, a single grant will be paid on a once-off basis, as a contribution towards business costs to assist businesses in remaining operational and ultimately re-opening.

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Tourism Business Continuity Scheme: The Tourism Business Continuity Scheme will provide support to certain tourism businesses who have been unable to qualify for assistance under the Government’s COVID-19 Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) or have not received CRSS for the tourism aspect of their business. To be eligible for the scheme, a business must have had a turnover of more than €50,000 per annum pre-pandemic in 2019, and the business’s turnover must have suffered a downturn of at least 75% when comparing average monthly turnover in the 4-month period January 2021 – April 2021, versus, the average monthly turnover for the period January to December 2019.

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Outdoor Service Enhancement Scheme: The Outdoor Service Enhancement Scheme will give qualifying businesses in the hospitality sector, a payment of up to €4,000 to help enhance their outdoor seating capacity and weatherproof service areas. Details of the scheme are expected soon.

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Bord Bia COVID-19 Hub: These support measures are offered to food, drink, and horticulture businesses affected by COVID-19. A new Navigating Change hub has been developed for the Bord Bia website where industry can access details of grants, up-to-the minute market insights, business supports, expert webinars and podcasts.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara: Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency has launched a temporary voluntary fleet tie-up scheme designed to assist in adjusting the supply of fish coming onto a market that is currently depressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and protect quota availability for later in the year. The new scheme, which complements the Government Covid-19 measures such as wage supports and loan arrangements already being provided, will offer support to vessel owners for fixed costs incurred while tied-up. Applications for August will be accepted up until July 20th.

Design and Craft Council Ireland: The Design & Craft Council Ireland delivers a range of support and development programmes, including webinars and FAQs in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the design sector.

Guidance for Supply Chain Workers: The Department of Transport and the haulage representative organisations has worked with the Department of Health on guidance for supply chain workers. A guidance document for supply chain workers in relation to COVID-19 has been prepared. This guidance applies to hauliers, maritime staff, pilots and aircrew, ground staff, port staff, maintenance staff, engineering staff and all others involved in the maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure to allow freight operations in and out of Ireland to continue, and aims to provide these essential workers with information and guidance as regards their continued work.

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COVID-19 Products Scheme: The COVID-19 Products Scheme facilitates the development of products, testing facilities and infrastructures that support the development COVID-19 relevant products. The scheme is delivered through IDA Ireland’s COVID-19 supports and Enterprise Ireland’s COVID-19 Business Response.

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