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Advice and Support for Businesses-COVID-19


Advice and Support for Businesses-COVID-19


COVID-19 is presenting immediate and severe financial challenges for businesses. Donegal County Council is engaging closely with government stakeholders to provide the most important and up to date information to assist businesses during this crisis period. 



Public Health Advice



  • Employers should follow the most up to date official advice from the Department of Health on how to mitigate the health risk to employees and members of the public. HSE COVID-19 Public Health Advice







Income Support



  • The Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection have introduced a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment at a rate of €350 per week. This payment is available to all employees and the self-employed until April 2021 who have lost their job due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. New applications will not be accepted after the 17th September.




  • The Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection Enterprise Support Grant is available to self employed persons with between 1-10 employees who do not pay commercial rates.




  • The Revenue Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme has also been introduced to replace the Wage Subsidy Scheme enabling employers to pay their employees during the current pandemic. 







  • A Support Helpline has been set up for employees and employers who require assistance and information regarding COVID-19 Income Support- Tel: +353 1 2481398 or 1890800024




Business Continuity Planning & Advice



  • Small Business Assistance Scheme for Covid (SBASC): Applications are open for businesses ineligible for CRSS & other specific grants. Eligible businesses will receive a payment of €4,000 for Quarter 1 of 2021. There will be a second payment of €4,000 for businesses continuing to meet the criteria. The closing date is 21st April, 2021.

    Further information regarding the SBASC Scheme is available at:

    Donegal County Council (

    Tel:  +353 74 9153900 or by emailing:




  • North West Tourism Product Development Programme: This programme aims to help Tourism & Hospitality businesses in the Donegal, Derry City and Strabane Council Regions to develop strong product offerings that will enhance the visitor experiences. Supports include one to one and group mentoring opportunities and business development workshops. A grant of €2,500 is available to participating businesses for items or services that will help them to re-open, develop new products or take advantage of new opportunities arising in the market. The closing date is 26th April, 2021

    Click here to applyNorth West Tourism Product Development Programme  



  • Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Business Sector Scheme: This scheme provides financial support to tourism and hospitality businesses, in our town centres, to purchase or upgrade equipment to provide additional outdoor seating and, therefore, increase their outdoor dining capacity for the summer of 2021.  This scheme is currently open. 

    Further Information regarding this sceme is available at: 

    Donegal County Council (

    Tel:  +353 9172283 or by emailing: 







  • A Business Support Call Centre has also been set up by the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation for business queries in light of the COVID-19 crisis- Tel: +353 1 631 2002















Please note that eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply to all funding supports. 






  • The Enterprise Centre Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland has been opened until the 30th September 2020 providing grant aid funding of between €10,000-€150,000 to reboot enterprise centres across Ireland in response to Covid-19.




  • COVID-19 Business Advice page has been published by the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation, providing practical advice on managing cashflow difficulties for businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.




  • The Credit Guarantee Scheme supports loans up to €1 million for periods of up to 7 years. Applications can be made to AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank.
















  • Revenue has introduced COVID-19 Tax Measures for businesses who are experiencing short term tax payment difficulties including a new Debt Warehousing Regime including deferred tax debts and interest suspension arrangements. In March, Revenue announced the suspension of debt collection and the charging of interest on late payment for the January/February and March/April VAT periods and February, March, and April PAYE (Employer) liabilities for SME businesses. These arrangements are further extended to include May/June VAT and May and June PAYE (Employer) liabilities.




  • Local authorities have introduced a Commercial Rates Deferral. Deferrals are assessed on a case by case basis. Rate payers with cashflow concerns are urged to contact their local authority to discuss options. See here for an update on Commercial Rates payments from Donegal County Council.




  • Údarás na Gaeltachta has issued an Advisory and Supports Plan to assist Gaeltacht Communities and Businesses affected by Covid19.




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