Stormont’s Department of Finance has released £178m in new business support grants.
Almost 20,000 NI firms are eligible for the support with the money expected to be paid in April.
Legislation will be brought forward this month to allow payments to be processed.
Finance Minister Conor Murphy said the grants will provide a lifeline for businesses.
“This package of support will help businesses and safeguard jobs through the period ahead as we emerge from the current restrictions,” he explained.
Some of the payments will be processed automatically, while other grants will require an application process.
- A £50,000 grant for businesses with a NAV (Net Annual Value) over £51k that are eligible for the 12 months rates holiday.
retail, hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, childcare and newspaper producers. Airports, food retail and those availing of schemes offered by other departments are excluded from this grant.
- A £25,000 payment for manufacturers with an NAV between £15,001 and £51k.
- A £10,000 grant for businesses that received the £25k Retail, Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Grant last year and have not been paid LRSS (Localised Restrictions Support Scheme) or CRBSS (Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme) Part B.
- £5,000 for businesses that received the £10k Small Business Support Grant and have not been paid LRSS or CRBSS Part B. This includes dry cleaners, butchers and pet shops.