New tourism scheme for CRSS ineligible businesses

Feb 08, 2021

A new €55 million fund is available to tourism businesses impacted by COVID-19, who have been unable to qualify for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) or earlier grant schemes. The Tourism Business Continuity Scheme will be funded from the €221 million allocated to the tourism sector in Budget 2021.   

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, TD announced the scheme through her keynote address at Fáilte Ireland’s Survive to Thrive industry event last Monday, 1 February.  The scheme is available to businesses ineligible for other supports and is administered by Fáilte Ireland.

The first phase of the scheme is open for applications from Thursday, 11 February to businesses who meet the eligibility criteria, including:

  • Outdoor activity providers (e.g. Bike tours, Surf Schools, Kayaking tours, Angling, walking tours, instructor-led/guided tourism equestrian experiences)
  • Golf courses with a tourism offering
  • Tourist boat tour operators
  • Hop on Hop off Bus tours with onboard tourism experiences
  • Visitor attractions not eligible for CRSS (e.g. attractions with charity/not for profit status or that are primarily outdoor attractions)
  • Caravan and camping providers registered with Fáilte Ireland
  • Cruise Hire companies

To be eligible for the scheme:

  • a business’ monthly turnover from October 2020 to January 2021 must be less than 25% of its average monthly turnover in 2019;
  • the business must have a minimum annual turnover of €50,000; and
  • the business must not be eligible to apply for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) or have received funding through the Fáilte Ireland Coach Tourism Business Continuity Scheme or Ireland Based Inbound Agents Business Continuity Scheme.

The minimum grant is €3,750 and the maximum grant is €200,000. The second phase of the scheme will launch in March 2021.