Humanitarian Flood Support Scheme
The Government has announced details of a number of schemes to provide temporary emergency humanitarian support to people who have been affected by the recent severe weather conditions which have resulted in serious flooding. The severe weather conditions arising in the week commencing Monday 15th June and ending Friday 26th June.
At the request of the Government, the Irish Red Cross Society has agreed to administer two temporary emergency humanitarian flood support schemes.
( 1) Temporary Emergency Humanitarian Flood Support for Small Businesses.
This scheme provides temporary emergency humanitarian support to small businesses that have been unable to secure flood insurance and have been flooded following storms from the 15th of June to the 26th of June 2020.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 25th July 2020
This scheme is a temporary humanitarian support contribution towards the costs of returning business premises to their pre-flood condition including the replacement of flooring, fixtures, fittings, and damaged stock. The scheme will not provide a contribution to the loss of earnings or loss of business goodwill.
The scheme is targeted at small businesses (up to 20 employees) and will have two stages:
1. The first stage will commence immediately and will provide a contribution of up to €5,000, depending on the scale of damage incurred.
2. In the event that businesses have incurred significant damages above €5,000, the second stage will provide a means to seek further support. However, this will be a more lengthy process requiring a more detailed assessment. Eligibility Criteria for this scheme are detailed below. The total level of support available for both stages combined will be capped at €20,000 per property.
CRITERIA FOR QUALIFICATION FOR PAYMENT UNDER THE SMALL BUSINESS SCHEME
(i) Only those small businesses that could not secure flood insurance are eligible.
(ii) For the purpose of this scheme, a small business will be defined as one with up to 20 employees.
(iii) The business premises must have been flooded between the 15th and 26th June 2020, this fact must be verified by the relevant Local Authority.
(iv) Any location flooded during the period in question is encompassed by the scheme.
(v) At the time of the flood, the business must have been trading and in rateable premises. (where the premises is not subject to commercial rates, the applicant should supply a tax clearance certificate as supporting documentation, or where this is not available, a recent official document from Revenue showing the tax registration number of the business).
(vi) A business operating from a place of residence that suffered damage and was uninsured may be eligible to claim from the scheme provided that specific documentation can be supplied and the Department of Social Protection Scheme has not been used to co-fund.
(vii) This scheme is not available to farming businesses.
(v111) Landlords must supply a tax clearance certificate, a rental agreement, and in the case of a private rented tenancy confirmation of registration with the RTB at the date, the flooding occurred.
( 2) Temporary Emergency Humanitarian Support for Community, Voluntary & Sporting bodies.
The Irish Red Cross is administrating this Government scheme to provide temporary emergency humanitarian support to Community, Voluntary & Sporting bodies affected by flooding from the 15th June – 26th June 2020.
The closing date for applications is 25th July 2020
This scheme is a temporary humanitarian support contribution to cover flood damage to buildings, contents, or fixtures & fittings following storms in June 2020. This scheme will not provide a contribution to the loss of earnings or loss of business goodwill or for damage caused to fairways or sports grounds or pitches. The eligibility criteria for this scheme are detailed below.
This scheme has two stages:
1. The first stage is intended to provide an immediate contribution of up to €5,000, depending on the scale of damage incurred.
2. In the event that an organisation’s premises, it's content or equipment have incurred significant damages above €5,000, the second stage will provide a means to seek further support. However, this will be a more detailed assessment. The total level of support available will be capped at €20,000 (per premises).
CRITERIA FOR QUALIFICATION FOR PAYMENT UNDER THE COMMUNITY, VOLUNTARY AND SPORTING BODIES SCHEME
(i) The community, voluntary or sporting body must have been operating/trading in June 2020.
(ii) The premises must have been flooded between 15th and 26th June, factually verified by the relevant Local Authority.
(iii) Only those organisations that could not secure flood insurance are eligible.
(iv) The scheme applies to buildings, contents, fixtures, and fittings.
Please contact the Irish Red Cross if any of your details change between the time you make your application and receipt of payment under this scheme.
For any queries call us now on 01-6424600 or email EmergencyFlooding@redcross.ie