Thursday, 10 September 2020

Ceisteanna (53)

Holly Cairns

Ceist:

53. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if targeted supports will be provided for businesses in the areas affected by flooding in western areas of County Cork recently. [23162/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Enterprise)

TI announced the Emergency Humanitarian Scheme at the beginning of August to provide urgent funding to small businesses, community and voluntary organisations in the South West region and other areas which were affected by flooding due to heavy rainfall caused by Storm Ellen. With the continuation of the adverse weather conditions and the arrival of Storm Francis, following a Government Decision, I announced an immediate extension of the scheme to cover flood damage suffered up until the extended timeframe of 28th August, with the closing date for applications also extended to 16th September 2020.

The Scheme which is overseen and funded by my Department provides urgent funding to small businesses, sports clubs, community and voluntary organisations which could not secure flood insurance and have premises that have been damaged by recent exceptional weather events.

The Scheme is implemented by the Irish Red Cross Society on behalf of my Department. Financial support is targeted at small businesses (up to 20 employees), sports clubs and community and voluntary organisations and has two stages:

The first stage provides a contribution of up to €5,000, depending on the scale of damage incurred. It is anticipated that this will meet the needs for the majority of those affected. The intention is to process payments as fast as possible.

In the event, that the premises have incurred significant damages above €5,000, businesses can apply for additional financial support. The total level of support available for both stages combined is capped at €20,000.

Applications forms for support and further information is available on the Irish Red Cross Society website: https://www.redcross.ie