Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme (Part A) | NI only


Financial support for businesses named in the Health Protection Regulations (not eligible for Localised Restrictions Support Scheme) who are restricted or required to close/cease trading.

Eligibility criteria:

Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme (Part A) is open to any business that can meet the following criteria:

  • A business named within the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 as required to close/cease trading, but is not eligible for the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme. Examples of this might include a business that delivers its product or service on a mobile basis or operates from their home, or their customers’ homes, for example, a driving instructor or mobile hairdresser or beautician.
  • A business operating in Northern Ireland and was trading at the time the restrictions came into effect on 16 October 2020. For businesses based in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area, this date is 5 October 2020. Based means your business address must have a Derry City & Strabane District Council postcode.
  • The income lost as a result of your business having to close or cease trading is your main source of income, accounting for more than 50% of your income.
Additional information:

Applicants to Part A of the Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme must complete an online pre-eligibility check. The checker asks key questions against the scheme’s criteria and directs eligible applicants to the online application form.

Applications close at 6pm on Wednesday 16 December 2020.

Support organisation:
  • Department for the Economy (DfE)
Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme Helpline
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