Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme: Part B: Northern Ireland
04 December 2020
A new Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme (CRBSS) has been established by the Department for the Economy. This has been set up in order to provide support to any businesses who are directly affected by the Northern Ireland Health Protection Regulations, which were implemented on Friday 16 October 2020.
Any businesses in the supply chain who have been forced to shut or substantially limit their operations due to the increased Health Protection Regulations that came into force on 16 October 2020 and on 27 November 2020 can apply to the scheme, should they meet the eligibility criteria.
Businesses that operate from business premises should check their eligibility to apply for the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme.
Any companies who have already made an application for the CRBSS: Part B are not required to submit another application. Grants under the scheme will be made to any successful applications for the period that the restrictions apply until 23:59 on 10 December 2020.
The scheme is administered by Invest NI on behalf of the Department for the Economy (DfE).
The scheme will operate in two parts:
- Part A – Businesses required to close or to stop trading under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, that are not eligible for the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme
- Part B – Businesses not named in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, that supply goods or services to such a business, or that are reliant upon such a business being open and operating as normal, in order to trade
Full details for businesses applying for the CRBSS Part B are available, including what support is available, eligibility criteria, preparing to make an application and the application process.
Guidance on the CRBSS part A is also available online.
There is an online enquiry form for questions relating to CRBSS part B – anyone using this service must state that their query relates to CRBSS part B. Additionally, a dedicated helpline is available, on 0800 952 4422, and lines are open Monday to Friday from 9 am – 5 pm.
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